If the decision to abandon the merger plans is made, it will come "in another few weeks", said Thomas Perkins, a member of Compaq's board of directors. "If it drags on for months and months, it's not good for both companies," he added.
Capellas said a combination of product over-capacity, hardware commoditisation, changing buying patterns and a weakness in telecoms and dotcoms had brought the Internet to another change in its architecture. This change is more "evolutionary than revolutionary", he added.
Capellas said the next driver of Internet growth would be the pervasive use of rich audio and video content, with such content being delivered over much of the existing Internet infrastructure.
"We built all these current applications to handle data. Now we need to build it to handle content. It won't be a new architecture - it will be a new content delivery system," said Capellas.
Compaq's Adaptive Infrastructure initiative is a key example of a next-generation content delivery system, Capellas said. Recently announced alongside Compaq's server blade strategy, the Adaptive Infrastructure Strategy calls for the addition of advanced failover and clustering technology, remote system management and self-healing technology for server hardware and system automation.