Houston, TEXAS — Compaq Computer Corporation is the world’s first platform vendor to offer the information technology community the opportunity to try out the emerging Intel Itanium 64-bit processor technology via Compaq’s groundbreaking New Technologies Test Drive program.
Compaq New Technologies Test Drive is a year-old program that allows visitors worldwide to sample Compaq’s industry-leading Alpha and ProLiant server technology online for free. Further, member companies of the Compaq Solutions Alliance ( http://www.compaq.com/csa ) can securely access behind a firewall Compaq’s IA64 ProLiant Server and other Compaq systems, for in-depth testing of legacy code and development work. The popular Test Drive website ( http://www.testdrive.compaq.com ) has generated more than four million hits as visitors have tried out more than 40,000 “test drives” of Compaq and partner products.
“This is the only Web site where developers can, without charge, access an IA64 system running Linux,” said Matti Virtanen, Compaq Vice President for Worldwide Distribution Channels. “We will also continue to add value for our CSA members by incorporating additional operating systems, allowing them to work securely on the IA64 behind a firewall and giving them a competitive advantage with this new platform.”
Compaq Computer Corporation, a Fortune Global 100 company, is one of the largest suppliers of computing systems in the world. Compaq designs, develops, manufactures, and markets hardware, software, solutions, and services, including industry-leading enterprise computing solutions, fault-tolerant business-critical solutions, and communications products, commercial desktop and portable products, and consumer PCs. Customer support and information about Compaq and its products and services are available at http://www.compaq.com .