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HP unveils blade and SME servers

Hewlett-Packard is announcing two new ProLiant servers, including a $499 system designed for small to medium-sized businesses, later today.

The ML110 server will be the first of the company's ML100 line of SME systems. It is a single-processor "tower" shaped server with a starting list price of $499, and will ship with either a 2.6GHz Celeron processor or  the 2.8GHz or 3.0GHz Pentium 4 from Intel.

Meanwhile, the BL30p blade is designed to fit into the same chassis as HP's BL20p and BL40p blade models.  The BL30p is half as thick as a BL20p blade, and it uses a "sleeve" mechanism that lets two BL30p units plug into the interconnects used by one BL20p. 

The BL30p smaller will include only one Integrated Drive Electronics hard drive, unlike the BL20p, which has two SCSI drives. Customers will be able to fit 16 of the BL30p blades into HP's standard BL p-class blade enclosure.

Both the BL30p and the ML110 will support the Linux and Windows operating systems. The ML110, which will be available as of today, will also support Novell's NetWare OS.

HP did not have pricing or specifications for the BL30p, which will begin shipping by the end of June.

Robert McMillan writes for IDG News Service


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