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CNET News.com: Compaq pins Internet hopes on new server line [Wildfire]

May 17, 2000, 00:52 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox)

"Compaq Computer CEO Michael Capellas today released a line of intricate, expensive servers that the company wants to integrate into the backbone of the Internet. Announcing the launch of its AlphaServer, code-named Wildfire, Capellas outlined the Houston-based PC maker's transformation into an Internet infrastructure company capable of taking on Sun Microsystems and others."

"The new servers, priced between $100,000 and $1 million, stand at the center of Compaq's attack on Sun, the leader in the $32 billion Unix server market. Compaq is also betting its broader product portfolio and its restructured approach to delivering Web-based products and services will give it an edge."

"Compaq eventually will offer three Wildfire models--the eight-processor GS80, the 16-processor GS160 and the 32-processor GS320--but only the GS160 initially will be available. The GS320 will be available later this quarter, and the GS80 is expected to ship in the third quarter. The GS80 will cost around $100,000, the GS160 around $500,000, and the GS320 more than $1 million. The high-end servers initially will come with OpenVMS or Tru64 Unix. Linux systems will be available later."

"Compaq's strategy will encompass all three server lines: ProLiant, running Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Linux; AlphaServer, with OpenVMS, Tru64 Unix or Linux; and Himalayas servers."

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