Compaq's new storage tightens focus on storage area networks

Compaq's new storage tightens focus on storage area networks

Less than two weeks after the announcement that Compaq's acquisition of Digital has been approved, the combined company plans to announce its unified storage strategy, which will centre on network storage, or storage area networks.

Compaq next week will announce that Howard Elias, former vice president of Digital's Windows NT systems business unit, will become vice president and general manager of Compaq's storage product division, which will be based in Houston.

This new division - which Compaq officials say creates the largest supplier of multi-user storage, followed by IBM and then EMC - will immediately begin selling existing storage products from Compaq and Digital. Compaq's portfolio to this point has been mostly storage that is internal to or attached to PC servers; Digital's strength has been in its StorageWorks products that work with its own servers as well as a list of other Unix-based servers, officials said.

Leveraging the strengths of the two companies, the combined storage unit will continue for the foreseeable future to offer all existing Digital and Compaq products. Within the next year, all of the storage products will carry the Compaq brand, with the exception of the StorageWorks family for open systems, which will keep its product name, Elias said during an interview at PC Expo Tuesday.

The two companies' lines will begin intermingling immediately; Compaq will announce in the near future that Digital's StorageWorks ESA and RA products will be certified for use with high-end Compaq ProLiant servers, Elias said.

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