Digital is to adopt Sequent's Numa parallel server as its high end offering for the Unix market, once Intel's Merced processor arrives on the market.
Sequent's Numa-Q 2000 server will be Digital's only Intel-based product to run the 64-bit Digital Unix operating system, which is to be developed jointly by the new partners.
The deal widens the acceptance of Numa, a parallel processing architecture that is also supported by Data General, Bull and others. "Sequent is an acknowledged leader in large Intel systems, and the leader in Numa technology for commercial production environments," said Tim Yeaton, vice president of Digital's Unix Systems Group.
"We are confident that its next generation Merced-based platform, in combination with our IA-64 Unix operating system, will be the leading high end offering on Intel," he added.
Digital will begin acting as an OEM for Sequent's Numa products once Intel releases its Merced processor, expected in late 1999. This agreement was signed between the two companies at the beginning of this year, but held back following news of Compaq's takeover of Digital, until Compaq gave its approval.
The agreement does create some competitive issues - between Digital and other Sequent partners such as EMC, and potentially between Digital and Sequent competing for the same customers.
John Pattenden, UK marketing manager for Sequent, admitted there could be some conflict but said that competition would be good for the market.
"We will work out the issues as to who sells what to whom at the time," he said.
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