Microsoft NT was the medicine that helped server and storage vendor Data General (DG) continue its financial recovery in its second quarter, as European uptake of the operating system boomed.
DG made $13.2 million profit on turnover of $389.3 million for the quarter which ended on 29 March. Profit was up by 110 per cent from $6.3 million in the 1996 quarter, and turnover rose 16 per cent over the same period.
Stephen Baxter, vice president and general manager of DG Europe, said the vendor?s Unix-based sales grew but NT is being widely accepted in Europe. "NT is skyrocketing. Perhaps this proves that NT is ready for the enterprise in many places."
He said NT is the choice of many companies hoping to replace legacy systems and that European companies are adopting NT faster than in the US. DG Europe?s strategy is to increase its business via resellers, independent software vendors and partner vendors, and although DG does not break its figures down by region, Baxter said DG Europe grew by over 10 per cent during the past year.
Chairman Ron Skates said increased Aviion server and Clariion storage product sales were behind the worldwide improvement, along with demand for systems running NT.
"On the expense side, we increased our investment in research and development to take advantage of the opportunities we see in new server and storage products as well as products for the Internet," Skates said. DG plans to launch Thiinline Internet appliances later this year.
DG will introduce its Numaliine range, a highly scalable symmetric multiprocessing server range, within two months, and has Numa (non-uniform memory access) OEM hardware deals with manufacturers including Fujitsu/ICL and Unisys.
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