Compaq officials promised users that Tru64 Unix on Alpha is alive and kicking, despite killing off a version of the OS for Intel's Merced chip in September.
Attendees at the Decus user group conference in San Diego this week were told that Alpha Tru64 Unix will continue to be aimed at organisations wanting systems that are highly available, scalable and offer high performance.
Compaq is also working on running Tandem's Himalaya Non Stop kernel together with Tru64 Unix to bring fault tolerance to Alpha.
The operating systems will not be merged but the EV7 variant of Alpha will be given the synchronisation capabilities required to add fault tolerant facilities to Alpha systems, explained Donald Jenkins, vice president of marketing for Compaq's Unix systems business unit.
Tru64 Unix is aimed at five markets: telecoms, enterprise, business intelligence, ecommerce and the internet. Key technical areas of focus include scalability, fault tolerance, internet performance and integration with Microsoft NT.
On fault tolerance, Jenkins said Compaq will also bump up reliability by achieving 99.999 per cent availability by 2001 and eventually 99.9999 per cent uptime by 2003. This will be achieved by incorporating Digital's clustering technology with the Himalaya platform.
Jenkins said: "Our goal is to slash management costs by up to 80 per cent and reduce storage costs by 90 per cent. We contribute to downtime by making systems complex."
Compaq was at pains to assure users there is a future for Tru64 Unix on Alpha despite it canning plans to port the OS onto Intel's Merced.
The decision was made to boost investments in making Alpha a stronger competitor and enable Compaq to push Linux on Alpha.
It will port Alpha Tru64 Unix compilers to Alpha Linux so it will achieve the same performance as Alpha Tru64 Unix. This will enable users to mix and match Linux and Tru64 Unix on Alpha.
Compaq is also supporting Monterey, the Intel-based Unix variant championed by SCO, Sequent and IBM that could overlap with Alpha Tru64 Unix as Intel processors become more powerful.
Jenkins said this would be unlikely because Compaq would aim Monterey at SMEs and replicated sites. "We won't modify or shrinkwrap Tru64 for them," he said.
Himalaya will remain Comaq's high availability line with a price tag to match, added Jenkins.
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