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Digital's new servers have integrity

Digital announced new "high integrity" servers for commercial transactions.

Digital Equipment today announced a new line of TP Internet Servers that promises to provide Net-based transaction processing with a level of data integrity normally associated with privately leased connections between businesses.

Digital is aiming the TP Internet Servers at businesses such as financial services and order-processing firms that have a high volume of transactions normally transmitted over private lines. The new servers allow for that data to be sent over the Internet or intranets instead, saving money for companies by expanding their communications through ISPs instead of leasing their own lines.

"There are a lot of browsers and servers that provide secure transactions, but none of them talk about guaranteeing data integrity," Digital spokesman Kenneth McDonnell said, adding that the cost savings would be significant.

The new servers are part of Digital's strategy to revitalize its financial health. Citing the unacceptable performance of its personal computer division, the company said yesterday that it will take a $475 million charge against its fourth-quarter earnings and lay off about 7,000 employees worldwide. Enrico Pesatori, president and general manager of the company's computer systems division, resigned this week.

The TP Internet Server does several things to promote data integrity. Like the ATM machines that banks use, no receipt is issued unless a transaction is finished so that money or data doesn't just disappear because the system crashed midway through. Digital also claims that any data sent is saved by the system even if the server crashes milliseconds after the transaction.

The TP Internet Server will be available in August. Prices start at $6,400 for Windows NT Server systems, with Digital Unix systems going for $14,200. Client software pricing will start at $192 per user.

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