By now you are aware Compaq has announced that we will
standardize our 64-bit enterprise server product lines,
including the NonStop Himalaya, AlphaServer, and ProLiant
families, on Intel's Itanium(tm) processor family, its
next-generation microprocessor targeted at the high-end
enterprise computing market.
The question you are likely now asking yourself is what does
this mean to me?
First let me assure you that Compaq will immediately begin a
full port of the Tru64 UNIX, OpenVMS and NonStop Kernel
operating systems and development tools to the Itanium
processor family. This means that all of the enterprise
features and characteristics that you have relied on will be
there on the Itanium platform. Additionally, Compaq will
continue development and enhancement of these operating
system environments ensuring that we can continue to deliver
leadership capabilities - such as clustering and
availability. Our intention is to have our first Compaq
Itanium-based systems for Tru64 UNIX and OpenVMS available
in 2003 for early ISV testing and generally available in
It is of utmost importance to us, however, that you are
confident that Compaq is delivering significant business
value today and complete investment protection in Alpha-
based solutions for many years to come. Compaq's top
priorities for Alpha-based systems remain unchanged -- to
deliver improved performance and faster implementations of
the Alpha microprocessor to meet committed performance
enhancements, while continuing to provide the most
available, scalable systems at the lowest cost.
We will continue to supply you information via our web site
and through other means, however I would like to alert you
to a special upcoming opportunity to get the information you
will need to deploy this technology. The Compaq Enterprise
Technology Symposium, which will be held in Anaheim,
California, September 9-14, will be your most concentrated
source for knowledge on how to plan fully rollout this new
technology as well as how to continue optimizing and
extending your current Alpha based environment. The
Symposium will focus on:
- Our strategy and product roadmaps. Compaq's senior
management team, including Michael Capellas, will be
there to help you clearly understand our directions.
- What to do and what not to do to get ready for our
Itanium based environment. Compaq's engineering community
will present what should be done to prepare for Itanium
and what you need to think about and what you will not
have to worry about.
- Compaq will provide the technical knowledge to not only
assist you in planning the transition to Itanium, but
also on how to achieve the best co-existence with your
Whether you are a Tru64 UNIX, OpenVMS, Windows 2000, or
Linux technologist the Compaq Enterprise Technology
Symposium in September is the place you need to be to get
the jump on deploying Itanium technology. Compaq will
provide the insight to show you that not only will we
deliver the best operating systems available for Itanium but
also how to prepare for adopting this technology rapidly
into your enterprise. Along with Compaq's Engineering and
Management teams, please join me in September in Anaheim.
For more information visit www.CETS2001.com.
Rich Marcello, Vice President and General Manager
High Performance Systems Division
For additional information on the multi-year Compaq and
Intel technology and marketing agreement visit
on this site is the opportunity to view a webcast of the
announcement, press releases, customer quotes and more.