In a reversal from its previous position, Compaq said that it will introduce an 8-way symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) server.
In February, Mike Perez, senior VP of the server product division, said that there were no circumstances where Compaq would produce systems with more than 4 processors because Microsoft Wolfpack would fill the gap when it was released.
The move indicates further dissension in the vendors supporting Microsoft Wolfpack and indicates that the software is unlikely to be ready on time. He described vendors like ALR and Data General as just filling in a short term gap in the market which his company would close.
But now John Rose, senior VP of the Enterprise Computing Group at Compaq US, said that the company would ready an 8-way unit for release in the middle of the year.
Hugh Jenkins, network product manager at Compaq UK, said a number of issues had caused the apparent change of heart.
"Up until now Compaq has been somewhat reluctant to jump into delivering 8-way systems," he said. "The reason we haven't jumped in earlier that most customers have only needed 2 to 4 way machines and linear scalability wasn't always there.
"The other issue was the cost of building 8-way would have been paid for with an expensive machine." Compaq will future-proof its customers by providing a machine which supports the spec this year but the servers will be available next.
The unit is likely to use Intel Deschutes next generation processors which are due to be released in February next year.
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