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IBM scores another NC win

The Carlson Worldwide travel company will replace its networked PCs with 2,000 Network Stations connected to 400 Netfinity servers.

    Score another one for IBM and its Network Station.

    Tomorrow, the company will announce that Carlson Worldwide, a U.K.-based travel company, will replace its networked PCs with 2,000 Network Stations connected to 400 Netfinity 3500 servers. Sources close to IBM estimate the value of the deal at over $4 million.

    While Oracle's NC (network computer) and Sun's JavaStation "thin client" systems struggle to meet sales expectations, IBM continues to sign up customers for its Network Station. The company announced a similar deal with Allstate Insurance for 45,000 Network Stations, the biggest deployment of NCs to date.

    Last month IBM announced an alliance with Intel to develop a high-end Network Station based on Intel processors.

    Carlson's Network Stations will be deployed to allow customers to peruse travel and vacation options with video and audio information. The Network Stations will use a Java-enabled Intranet environment and support "legacy" software applications used by the travel industry, as well as email, Internet, and sales applications.

    The move to Network Stations will save Carson money both in hardware and maintenance costs, as well as flexible application deployment, IBM said.