A 30th birthday can be a life-changing occasion for some. For Data General (DG), the last three decades have been up and down, but in its 30th year, things are looking up.
One of the world's leaders in Open Server and Mass Storage products, DG has made several decisions in recent times that have kept it abreast of frenetic change. In 1995 DG recognised the value of Intel's chip technology and has subsequently embarked on a focused approach to Unix and NT product development using Intel.
The three operating systems being used are DG/UX, SCO UnixWare and Windows NT. In 1997, IDC reported that DG was the worldwide market leader for NT servers in the $50,000Ð100,000 segment.
This comes as no surprise to Dan O'Hara, general manager of Data General in Australia.
"Our sweet spot has always been that middle-sized company," he said.
Data General has found continued success in its range of AViiON and CLARiiON Intel-based servers, and direct selling. It jokingly refers to itself as a company that came back from the brink of collapse in the late eighties, to a company that has just posted its tenth consecutive quarter in profit.
Interestingly enough, Data General's formation in 1968 was as a breakaway company from Digital.
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