The gang of seven Wolfpack members showed signs of disarray today as Tandem accused Digital of selling the clustering system before phase one is even released. That led to another of the seven claiming that Compaq has attacked Microsoft for being too much in bed with Digital. The seven members of the pack are Digital, Microsoft, IBM, HP Tandem, Compaq and Intel.
Paul Davey, European marketing manager ofTandem, claimedthat Digital had pitched corporate customers that it had the Wolfpack clustering solution but that was not true. He said: ?Dec is saying Wolfpack is a Dec product but that?s not true. Microsoft agrees it?s not. Although 99 per cent of Wolfpack code is Microsoft code, algorithms were contributed by many companies.?
He said that three algorithms, in particular, came from Tandem. Software quality, he said, was what Microsoft wanted and that was why Microsoft had signed its partnership with Tandem.
?Digital is trying to pretend it has Wolfpack now but that?s not true,? he alleged. ?They do have a clustering product but it is not all Wolfpack.?
Paul Davey, product marketing manager of NT at Digital, said: ?That?s deliberately misleading. Digital and Microsoft have a very close relationship and anyone at Microsoft could confirm the depth of that relationship.?
He said: ?We?re the only people who have a 64-bit NT. This is cross licensing and patenting of software rights. We helped them [Microsoft] implement the first clustering solution at Comdex 94. We?re absolutely not saying that we have got Wolfpack but we are saying we do know something about clustering.?
But another of the gang of seven hit out at Compaq for attempting to push the alliance into chaos. He said: ?This is nothing other than hardware companies testing software. Compaq threw a complete wobbly when they discovered Digital was creating the clustering software for Microsoft.?
That could lead the gang to split up as other major vendors insist on creating their own proprietary solutions in the lead up to phase one Wolfpack, due out at midsummer.
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