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Compaq Computer Corp. AlphaServer DS20 and DS20E

Published: 26 April 2000

ID: G0090568

Analyst(s): Ian Brown


The AlphaServer DS20 and DS20E are Compaq's primary offerings in the Unix workgroup server space. The two models share the same electronics, but have different form factors: the DS20 is a traditional deskside server; the DS20E is a minitower that can be used horizontally as a 5U-high rack-mount server. Both support up to two Compaq Alpha 21264 RISC processors, making them among the most powerful workgroup servers available. The primary operating system is Tru64 Unix, but "OS-less" Linux-ready configurations are also available, as well as OpenVMS and Windows NT 4.0 (for the installed base only). They are powerful, fast, and competitively priced (for Unix), but what chance do they have outside the installed base?

Table Of Contents
  • Corporate Headquarters
  • Overview
    • System Software
  • Analysis
  • Pricing
    • GSA Pricing
  • Competitors
  • Strengths
    • Alpha 21264 and 21264A Processors
    • User Satisfaction
    • TruClusters
    • Tru64 Unix/NT Interoperability
  • Limitations
    • Low-End Alpha Not Strategic for Compaq
    • Software Availability on Alpha Platform
    • Pressure From Wintel
    • ServerWorks/Insight Manager Integration
  • Insight

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