DIGITAL ANNOUNCES WORLD'S FASTEST PC; BEGINS ROLL OUT OF COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES, SYSTEMS AND SOLUTIONS FOR WINDOWS NT
WINDOWS WORLD, ATLANTA, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Equipment Corporation (NYSE: DEC) today announced the world's most powerful platform for Microsoft's new Windows NT operating system, a new PC based on the Alpha AXP RISC (reduced instruction set computing) chip. Called the DECpc AXP 150 personal computer, it is the first member of Digital's new PC family, and is targeted at application developers, early implementors and power users. At the same time, Digital unveiled a comprehensive worldwide program of support, training, and services that will assist users and help IT departments integrate Windows NT running on Alpha AXP-based and Intel- based systems. In addition, the company announced commitments from software firms to port nearly 300 WIN32 applications to Windows NT/Alpha AXP, and introduced a variety of layered software products -- the tools and services that enable Windows NT applications to work in corporate, multivendor computing environments.
It Looks Like A PC, It Feels Like A PC, It IS a PC - Just Faster
"Today, personal computing is becoming increasingly vital to corporate business success, and Digital has a strategic focus on fulfilling this growing customer need," said Enrico Pesatori, vice president and general manager of Digital's Personal Computer Business Unit. "The DECpc AXP 150 PC running Windows NT brings personal computing benefits to users requiring more performance than any PC can provide. Digital intends to be the price/performance leader for Windows NT computing with the DECpc AXP family. In addition to application developers, we expect power users of applications like financial modeling, high-end graphics, complex spreadsheets and databases to be among the early adopters," Pesatori added." The Model AXP 150 includes a six-slot, industry standard EISA bus and the familiar Windows look, feel and ease-of-use. However, with the 64-bit AXP processor running at 150 MHz, it ranges to supercomputer performance. It uses the same tower enclosure as the DECpc 560ST PC with Pentium processor. Digital's OpenVMS and DEC OSF/1 operating systems will be available on the Alpha AXP PC family in the fall. The base DECpc AXP 150 configuration includes Windows NT 3.1, 16 Mbytes of main memory, 14" SVGA color monitor, 245 Mbyte SCSI disk drive, 3.5" floppy disk drive, two serial and one parallel port, mouse, and keyboard. Priced at (US)$6795 for the complete system package with operating system license and documentation, it will be available with the release of Windows NT 3.1. The developer's configuration of the DECpc AXP 150 includes Windows NT Beta 2.0 software, 32 Mbytes of main memory, 16" SVGA color monitor, 426 Mbyte SCSI disk drive, a 600 Mbyte CD-ROM drive, 3.5" floppy disk drive, an Ethernet adapter card, two serial and one parallel port, mouse and keyboard. This (US)$9995 configuration is available now, including an operating system upgrade immediately following the shipment of Windows NT 3.1.
Much More Than Just the Hottest Box
At Windows World, Digital also kicked off its comprehensive support program for users who choose Microsoft's Windows NT operating system. "Many customers are evaluating Windows NT, and expect it to become an important part of their client/server, corporate computing environment. Digital intends to be at the forefront of the Windows NT movement," said Edward Lucente, Digital's vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. "We are committing our expertise and experience at application migration, client/server computing, networked multivendor integration, and worldwide support and services to help make Windows NT successful. Anyone even thinking about choosing Windows NT as part of their corporate computing environment should come and see us," Lucente added.
Worldwide Services and Support -- Delivering Today
Digital's new comprehensive support program includes training, installation, start-up, and help desk support, as well as consulting, professional services and technical support for integrating and managing Windows NT on both Alpha AXP-based and Intel-based systems. It is aimed at users, application developers, and technical staff, to help them take advantage of the capabilities Windows NT offers. Digital has been supporting Windows for six years, and already has trained more people on Windows NT than any other vendor. The new training courses include Strategic Planning for Microsoft Windows NT, Technical Planning for Applications Developers, and Microsoft Windows NT Tips, Tricks and Techniques, with pricing starting at $595. Installation and start-up services begin at $95 plus travel; and ongoing telephone support for users with 24-hour usage and technical advice begins at $18 per month per user. On-line technical support for help desk managers starts at $15 for up to 20 PCs.
Aggressive Porting Program Speeds Application Availability
Thousands of off-the shelf, shrink-wrapped WIN16 and DOS applications will run without modification at the first shipment of the Windows NT/Alpha AXP environment. Nearly 300 native WIN32 applications from over 135 leading software companies are being ported to the Windows NT/Alpha AXP operating environment, and all will be available beginning in June through the end of the year. Microsoft will be porting its major applications to the Windows NT/Alpha AXP version over the coming months. At Windows World, nearly 40 software firms demonstrated Windows NT/Alpha AXP versions of their software, including database applications from SoftwareAG, Oracle and Sybase. Over 1,200 additional software firms opened porting discussions with Digital since the company announced its application developers' support program last month. Layered Software for Connecting to the Corporate Computing Environment Digital also announced that over time it is moving all of its appropriate layered software to Windows NT. The initial offerings were aimed at facilitating multivendor network integration, application development, and multivendor system management. Announced as supporting Windows NT today were a new member of the PATHWORKS multivendor and integration networking software family; a client version of transaction processing software, called Desktop ACMS; a new version of its POLYCENTER Scheduler for multivendor network system management; an optional FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface) EISA interface card for the DECpc AXP 150 and Intel-based PCs; a new version of eXcursion software which brings X Windows into the Windows NT environment; and a new version of DECmessageQ workflow software (see fact sheets for details, pricing and availability). Digital Equipment Corporation, headquartered in Maynard, Mass., is the leading worldwide supplier of networked computer systems, software and services. Digital pioneered and leads the industry in interactive, distributed and multivendor computing. Digital and its business partners deliver the power to use the best integrated solutions - from desktop to data center -in open information environments. /Note to Editors: DECpc AXP 150, AXP, DEC, Desktop ACMS, OpenVMS, Alpha AXP, DECmessageQ, eXcursion, 400ST, PATHWORKS, POLYCENTER and POLYCENTER Scheduler are trademarks of Digital Equipment Corporation. Macintosh is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation. Informix is a registered trademark of Informix Corporation. Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation. Sybase is a trademark of Sybase Inc. Microsoft and MS-DOS are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation, and Windows NT is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Ethernet is a registered trademark of the Xerox Corporation. OSF/1 is a registered trademark of the Open Software Foundations, Inc./ -0- 5/25/93 /CONTACT: Jamie Pearson at Windows World: Main Booth No. W78241 SV Booth No. W8256, 508-493-2149/ (DEC)
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