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Compaq aims at ISPs

Compaq Computer and NetCentric team up to offer a hardware and software bundle intended for Internet service providers.

Compaq Computer (CPQ) and NetCentric have teamed up to offer a hardware and software bundle for Internet service providers.

Under the agreement, the two companies will jointly invest, develop, and market value-added services for the ISP segment. Compaq will combine its industry-leading ProLiant Intel-based servers with NetCentric's POPware, a Point-of-Presence software package that offers features such as Internet-based fax capabilities.

Compaq has also purchased a minority stake in NetCentric, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based start-up. The agreement is the latest move by Compaq in its strategy to challenge Unix-based Internet server players such as Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard.

POPware is a software suite that offers Internet-based multimedia services.