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February 19, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 12:06pm


By CBR Staff Writer

Sun Microsystems Inc has always been half-hearted in its support of those that want to use the Sparc family to clone its workstations and servers, even though it offers licenses to all its core software and pays lip service to actively encouraging the concept. But companies can take lukewarm support and uninspired market penetration only for so long, and Axil Computer Inc, the Santa Clara builder of Sparc-based workstations set up and owned by Hyundai Corp has decided to get out from under and diversify into servers dedicated to running Windows NT. And it has no plans to risk its future on any exotic RISC chip either – it is going with the market and settling for the Intel Corp Pentium Pro. We’ve spent a considerable amount of time listening to IT professionals and anticipating market directions, said Charles Wilson, Axil chief executive and president, explaining the move. The company will develop servers that use eight Pentium Pro processors and will target customers that want to run vast databases or establish electronic commerce operations on the Internet.

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