Did your boss laugh at you when you asked for the new 64-bit Alpha technology? I know how you can convince him.
Compaq offers a free trial service called Test Drive. Speed on over to www.testdrive.compaq.com and you'll be treated to a sampling of the latest and hottest technology available. After registration, you'll have access to both Alpha and x86 processors; clusters like Beowulf and OpenVMS Galaxy; operating systems such as FreeBSD, Linux, and Windows 2000; and the latest in eBusiness software—all yours for the testing! See how well they run. Show your boss. And get upgraded!
According to Dan Sparks, Director of Business Development for Compaq Solutions Alliance, the site is popular with product developers. "Test Drive is great for testing scalability on a product. And the high performance hardware is really a big draw, because it's hard to get your hands on. Now everyone has access." The program is offered to anyone who signs up, so Compaq makes no promises for security. However, unique access behind a firewall is available to users who join Compaq Solutions Alliance. Just make sure your boss knows he'll eventually need to purchase his own equipment.