Compaq has outlined its scaleable server roadmap for the next two years, but admits that yesterday's acquisition of Digital Equipment has raised question marks over the strategy that it cannot yet answer.
It also admitted that it has replaced the CS line of servers, acquired with Tandem, in favour of its own overlapping products, the Proliants.
Brad Anderson, director of strategic marketing at Compaq US' enterprise group, said: ?Tandem had a very small NT team compared to Compaq?s. It made more sense to drive the Proliants into that space.?
He said that the CS line had been available for a year but Compaq now has comparable offerings. ?We provided the same functionality at lower price points,? he said. ?The Compaq products have better integration.?
Anderson said that Compaq will, in the first half of this year, offer clustering and Fibre Channel storage products that will provide a scaleable route to customers. He added that, while Tandem currently uses Mips processors in its machines, Compaq?s plan was to use ?more standard based architectures?.
He refused to say whether those would beIntel x.86 based but hinted: ?(Digital) Alpha is more standard than Mips?.
?Customers who buy Proliants say that they are cost effective and adaptable and have all the characteristics they want. There?s this perception from customers that HP and IBM servers aren?t scaleable,? he went on.
He admitted that the Digital acquisition would alter the E2000 roadmap but claimed that it was impossible to say, at present, what those changes will be.
He commented that, while the move was towards the NT platform, that did not rule out Compaq offering platforms incorporating Digital Unix, as well as SCO Unix. Nor would he rule out offering operating systems on the Alpha processor, as well as the IA64 Merced chip from Intel.
He said that part of the E2000 plan was to introduce two-way, four-way and eight-way Slot 2 Deschutes processors but denied these were delayed. He did, however, say that such systems were likely to be available in the second half of this year.
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