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PowerEdge: Dell's latest weapon in server battle

Dell Computer's PowerEdge 1500SC, a dual-processor midrange server, is available worldwide from 19 November.

The server, which has a base price of $1,400 in the US and £999 in the UK, contains ServerWorks' HE-SL chip set, which supports an Intel 1.13GHz Pentium III processor and an Intel PRO/1000 XT gigabit Ethernet network connection on the motherboard. Standard features include error checking and correcting memory, hot-plug hard drives and a hardware monitor that automatically reboots the system in the event of an operating system failure, Dell said.

The operating system is not included in the price, but Microsoft's Windows 2000 Server/Windows NT 4.0 or Red Hat's Linux 7.2 can be factory-installed at an extra cost.

The HE-SL chip set supports three PCI (peripheral component interconnect) buses, 4Gbytes of Ram and embedded dual-channel Raid with battery backup. The chip set is used in other models of the PowerEdge line, which was revamped last March.

At this year's Comdex trade show, Dell chief executive Michael Dell promised to keep stoking the fires of its competition with Sun Microsystems with new products, despite the sluggish server market.

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