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HP this week unveiled a two-processor ProLiant model and a four-processor ProLiant model, which both use Intel's Xeon processor. The dual-processor ProLiant DL380 rack mount server has started shipping with 2.4GHZ and 2.8GHz Xeon chips available.
The company will wait until Intel brings out its next-generation Xeon chip - code named Gallatin - to release the four-processor ProLiant ML570 system. The Gallatin processor will be Intel's first server chip built with a 0.13-micron manufacturing process and designed for multiprocessor systems.
HP cited the quick adoption of Intel's latest chip technology as proof of its plans to extend Compaq's success with ProLiant servers. HP executives championed the ProLiant systems as a major technology win when the company completed its acquisition of Compaq earlier this year.
Before the merger, HP was losing ground in the Intel-based server market, facing fierce competition from Compaq, Dell and IBM.
The ProLiant DL380 is aimed at customers looking for a compact system to handle file and print serving, mail serving or Web hosting tasks. This Xeon-based server should provide a performance boost over its predecessors based on the Pentium III processor.
A ProLiant DL380 with two 2.8GHz Xeon chips, 512Mbytes of memory and an 18Gbyte hard drive is priced at $5,317 (£3,424).
The more powerful ProLiant ML570 server will ship with several high-end features designed to provide users with better management and performance functions.
HP claimed the latest system could boost performance on database and business applications over its existing ProLiant servers in this class by up to 80%. The company attributed most of these gains to the larger cache size and higher clock speed expected from the Gallatin processor.
Users will also be able to upgrade memory without shutting the server down.