Compaq has unveiled its web server strategy, incorporating Windows 2000, which it claims will simplify the world of internet computing.
Michael Capellas, the hardware supplier's president and chief executive, said on Tuesday at the Windows 2000 conference in San Francisco that the aim is to "drive the next-generation ecommerce market and provide a new level of infrastructure".
"Proliant eGeneration [PC servers] will provide enterprise class performance with flexibility and redefine price points," he said.
The three-phase strategy began last year when Compaq established an enterprise presence with the roll out of its eight-way Proliant servers with Servernet II interconnects and nNode cluster capabilities, said Capellas.
The second phase will begin this year, however, with the introduction of more powerful eight-way Proliants with more device support.
These servers will be capable of supporting Windows 2000 Data Center Edition, which is not due to ship for at least six months after the release of the standard versions on Thursday.
Compaq also plans to OEM Unisys' 32-way CMP server and will make 32bit machines available by the middle of the year. A 64bit version will follow by the end of 2000.
"Whenever technology is developed that we can add to our portfolio, we'll add it very quickly," said Capellas.
Phase three, which will begin in 2001, will see Compaq adding switched fabric interconnect buses across its product line to boost performance. The company will introduce new 32 and higher machines, which will be positioned as database servers.
Compaq also plans to introduce eight-way Tandem servers running Windows 2000 and will launch a machine based on 84 processors for application service providers.
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