Compaq Computer last week detailed a three-phase initiative aimed at companies doing business on the Internet, including a deal under which Compaq will use Unisys's proprietary Cellular MultiProcessing (CMP) architecture in ProLiant servers.
The initiative, called "eGeneration", was announced in a written statement, but was expected to be elaborated upon when Compaq president and CEO Michael Capellas was due to give a keynote speech in San Francisco as part of Microsoft's Windows 2000 launch at press time.
The deal with Unisys should be finalised within 60 days and is valued at about $US400 million over two years, Compaq said.
The ProLiant servers that will result from the alliance are expected out in the second half of this year, and will use the Windows 2000 Datacenter Server operating system. CMP technology supports Intel's Pentium III Xeon 32-bit processor and its Itanium 64-bit processor. The architecture has been optimised for Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, which Microsoft is billing as extremely scalable, the companies said.
Compaq aims through its initiative to serve customers who need to support a huge number of online users simultaneously seeking a lot of data, the company said.
Phase one of the initiative actually started last year when Compaq debuted its eight-processor ProLiant servers in August, the company said. The second phase will come when the CMP-based 32-way servers ship, while phase three will incorporate new servers expected out next year.