Air Force bridges Windows NT with Unix

Officials at Hughes Data Systems in Arlington, Va., needed an application development and deployment platform with the cost-effectiveness and management ease of Windows NT and the standards of Unix for the Air Force Workstations contract.

Sep 1st, 1997
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Officials at Hughes Data Systems in Arlington, Va., needed an application development and deployment platform with the cost-effectiveness and management ease of Windows NT and the standards of Unix for the Air Force Workstations contract.

So they chose the OpenNT/Windows NT combination from Softway Systems Inc. in San Francisco and from Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, Wash.

"We`re seeing a growing need for bridging between these operating systems, particularly in the government sector where IT managers want to get to Windows NT, but they must do so efficiently, without sacrificing investment and features that have been critical to their missions," says Gary Ziegler, Hughes vice president and Air Force Workstations program manager. "Today OpenNT is the only solution that offers the kind of short- and long-term standards support, investment protection and ease of use that our customers are demanding."

This marks the first-ever head-to-head competition between Windows NT and high-end Unix for the largest Unix customer, the U.S. government, according to a Softway statement.

The Softway Systems OpenNT, a native Unix operating system, enables organizations comply with industry standards such as POSIX and X/Open for long-term application consistency and predictability.

The Air Force Workstations project uses 64-bit Digital Alpha microprocessor-based workstations and servers - J.M.

For more information on OpenNT and Softway Systems contact Francoise Bollerot by phone at 415 896-0708, by e-mail at fb@softway.com, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.softway.com.

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Officials at Hughes Data Systems in Arlington, Va. Are using the OpenNT/Windows NT combination from Softway Systems, Inc. in San Francisco, Calif., and Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, Wash., for their Air Force Workstations contract.

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