Compaq enters high-end unix market

Compaq Computer last week announced its entry into the $32 billion high-end Unix market with the launch of its AlphaServer GS series of computers.

Compaq wants to double its Unix market share within the telecommunications, health care and high-performance technical computing markets during the next three or four years and cut into the sales of some established players in the field, including Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard and IBM.

The federal market also may prove to be another one where the new AlphaServers do well, said Ron Ross, president of Compaq Federal.

"Federal IT requirements are more dependent on nonstop high-performance computing than ever before," Ross said. "From the defense of our country to services for public citizens and federal employees worldwide, the government manages the most sophisticated enterprise, [and] the AlphaServer GS series provides federal agencies the reliable infrastructure they need to conduct these mission-critical applications."

Compaq's AlphaServers use up to 32 processors each and can run many operating systems at the same time.

The company also announced a partnership with software giant Oracle to promote the new machines through go-to-market sales and other marketing initiatives.

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