Air Force comm agency switches to Dell servers

The Air Force Pentagon Communications Agency will replace 400 Compaq Computer Corp. servers with 100 Dell PowerEdge rackmounted Pentium 4 servers.

Company chairman Michael Dell, in a speech at the Air Force Information Technology Conference in Montgomery, Ala., late last month, cited the recent

$1 million contract as an example of how military organizations are consolidating hardware.
'We're seeing this all over the government,' Dell said in an interview. He added that the company's government sales have been growing faster than commercial sales in recent quarters.

The Air Force servers will handle unclassified network traffic for 7,500 users in the Washington area, a Dell spokesman said. The service won't change operating systems or applications, only hardware. The network runs apps such as Microsoft Exchange and Oracle Corp. databases but no command and control applications.

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