Hewlett-Packard has taken the wraps off a server that halves the size of its four-processor ProLiant systems.
The ProLiant DL560 server packs four of Intel's Xeon processors in a 2U- (3.5 inch-) high system. While this product lacks a few features of larger, 4U-high servers, customers still receive the same processing power in a smaller space, which can help reduce the size of their data centres, said Paul Miller, director of the Industry Standard Servers platform group at HP. The compact size of the server could also make it popular with customers linking together systems to form a cluster.
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"This makes sense for people trying to shrink the size of their data centre and simplify their IT environments," Miller said.
HP inherited a strong Intel-based server business in its acquisition of Compaq and has worked to keep the heat on Dell and IBM. It exepected the new four-processor server to add options for customers seeking to serve up web pages or e-mail and to run business software from the likes of SAP.
The ProLiant DL560 will be available today (Tuesday); a configuration with a 1.5GHz Xeon and 512Mbytes of memory starts at $7,099 (£4,400). Configurations with 2.0GHz and 1.9GHz Xeons will also be available.
HP will support Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server and the forthcoming Windows 2003 Server along with Red Hat's Linux Advanced Server, SuSE Linux and Novell's Netware operating systems.