Compaq is to merge its storage range with Digital's as part of a new unified roadmap.
But it claimed it would continue to sell and support both ranges for as long as customer demand remained.
Bob Schultz, director of server storage, said the top priority in Compaq's strategy was the development of storage area networks (Sans), which provide high speed links between different devices plus centralised management and back-up.
Technologies from Compaq's own range and from Digital will be drawn on to create the San range, but most observers believe the company will not have enterprise level products for at least two more years.
Analysts believe Compaq should retain much of the Digital Storageworks division's technologies and approach, since this was one of the most successful units within the company. Schultz said Compaq would start to offer storage implementation consultancy services as Digital Storageworks had done.
He also said that, even before Sans appear on the market, Compaq would plough "aggressive" investment into developing new storage products. These would fall into three categories - internal server storage, standalone units for attachment to multivendor machines, and data centre or business critical devices.
Each of the three will have its own dedicated development group although all will be sold by the same storage division, along with services.
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