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Compaq finally puts VAX servers to bed

The message boards at open-source software news site Slashdot.org read like a virtual wake last week, with friends gathering to trade anecdotes and share memories of the departed, after the news that Compaq Computer is finally retiring its line of VAX servers.

The VAX's death was announced in a letter posted on Compaq's VAX Web site and on the site's product information page. The letter, written by Jesse Lipcon, vice president of Compaq's high performance server division, explained Compaq's decision by saying that the Houston, Texas-based company had "extended the VAX CPU technology as far as possible."

He also noted that many users had already replaced their VAX machines with higher-speed Alpha processor-based hardware.

HP tops third-quarter earnings estimatesHewlett-Packard last week reported higher-than-expected third-quarter earnings, citing its aggressive Net approach as well as growing PC demand as reasons for increased revenue.

For the period ending July 31, the vendor reported net income of $US1.04 billion on net revenue of $11.8 billion, increases of 23 per cent and 15 per cent respectively year-over-year.

HP beat analysts' estimates by a significant margin, announcing diluted earnings per share of 97 cents. First Call/Thompson Financial polled 20 analysts who gave an earnings-per-share prediction of 85 cents.e-procurement is use-commerce group Genie Systems has secured a lucrative deal with Toy's R Us to roll out supply chain system management and e-procurement for its Babies R Us division.

The Toys R Us deal uses Genie's new OrderWare system which is available through its traditional reseller channel in Australia.

"Toys R US is currently restructuring its retail strategy," said Michael Hendry, CEO and co-founder of Genie Systems. "It was looking for an application that was Web-based, that could be implemented in a tight time frame and was instrumental in helping it achieve a more efficient delivery service."

Hendry believes the Orderware system has specific advantages for Australian resellers as opposed to imported products. "Orderware was developed in Australia and New Zealand so it's specifically scaled to meet the needs of the market, unlike some North American applications," he said.


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