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Compaq says Wildfire is fastest Risc server

Compaq says its new high-end enterprise servers, which were launched last week, are the fastest Risc Unix servers in the world,...

Compaq says its new high-end enterprise servers, which were launched last week, are the fastest Risc Unix servers in the world, writes Caroline Davis.

Compaq says it is targeting its Alphaserver GS range - codenamed Wildfire - at dotcoms, healthcare and financial services. It promises improved performance and availability for e-business.

The 16-processor GS160 will be the first to ship, followed by the 32-processor GS320 later in the summer. An eight-processor...

version, the GS80, will not ship until autumn. All three models run OpenVMS as well as Compaq's Tru64 Unix. Compaq has previously said that it has no plans to release a Linux version, although a spokesman says the servers will be tested to ensure Linux compatibility.

Priced from $100,000 to $1m (£62,500 - £625,000) the servers are pitted against Sun models such as the E10000.

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