Compaq and Microsoft will each invest $US50 million in a US ASP (application service provider) deal, but officials say they are hesitant to take similar steps locally.
Compaq and Microsoft officials said the companies would partner with US Web and ASP company Digex to jointly develop and deliver a suite of application hosting services.
According to the companies, the services would be based on Compaq servers and storage products using Microsoft software and would be managed through Digex's SmartCentre data centres.
A spokesperson for Compaq in Australia said the company could not speculate how soon, if at all, the vendor would deploy an ASP-related strategy here.
Peter Cray, Microsoft marketing director, said it would be unwise for companies to deploy ASP marketing strategies ahead of product availability and infrastructure implementation.
"We've got to learn the lessons, along with our partners, about how to do this. The way infrastructure is set up and the way software needs to be developed are changing," he said.
However, Cray said Microsoft was confident its global ASP program would become "full blown" by mid 2000, by which time the company's Office and NT software products would be ASP-centric.