Overshadowed by its settlement with Intel Corp, Digital Equipment Corp announced on Monday that it would be offering the Windows NT operating system on its high-end Alphaservers. The move, made according to the company in response to demand from its corporate customers in the banking and manufacturing sectors, makes Windows NT available on DEC 8200 and 8400 Alphaservers for the first time, from December. Using NT in conjunction with the Oracle 8 database on the Alpha servers will enable users to take advantage of the larger memory capabilities of the servers, said DEC. It won’t affect its Unix business, the company insisted, claiming that Unix sales grew 126% year on year between 1996 and 1997. Meanwhile, DEC says it’s upgrading its lower-range Alpha800 workgroup internet server from the existing 333Mhz and 400Mhz processors to a higher spec 500Mhz. The AlphaServer 4000 and 4100 midrange systems will be upgraded from the present 400Mhz and 466Mhz spec machines to a new 533Mhz chip. DEC also unveiled a new addition to its range, the AlphaServer 1200, that will be available in both 400MHz and 533MHz versions and aimed at web server and datamart applications. DEC says the new box will be offered in single or dual processor configurations initially with 2Gb physical memory, which will eventually be expandable to 4Gb. The AlphaServer 800 5/500 costs from $15,499 with the AlphaServer 1200 5/400 starting at $16,699. The high end AlphaServer 8200 5/400 model is priced at $119,700.
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