Hewlett-Packard has unveiled a server targeting small to medium-sized businesses that will also help its reseller network generate revenue from services.
The tc2120 replaces the tc2110, said Paul Miller, director of the platform group at HP. The server is not that much different from HP PCs, but comes with a Grand Champion SL chipset from Serverworks Inc. that enables the tc2120 to support up to 4Gbytes of memory, 4 PCI (peripheral component interconnect) slots or RAID (redundant array of independent disks) capability.
This means the tc2120 can be used as a server with more demanding workloads than a PC could handle, Miller said.
HP will promote the tc2120 heavily through its reseller network, but it will also be available directly from HP's website and through HP Services, Miller said. Since its merger with Compaq Computer last year, HP has attempted to walk a fine line between maintaining its traditional strength among channel partners and value-added resellers and promoting a direct sales model popularised by competitor Dell.
"If you look at small to medium-sized businesses, they are typically customers without an IT staff. They're looking for someone not just to load the OS but to set up the network and optimise the server with the rest of the infrastructure, and they look at the reseller as their remote IT provider," Miller said.
HP thinks small and medium-sized business will be a growing segment of the market for hardware and services over the next five to 10 years, he said.
The tc2120 is available immediately worldwide through local resellers or HP. A base configuration with a 1.8GHz Intel Celeron processor, a 40Gbyte hard drive, 128Mbytes of DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM), and Gigabit Ethernet costs $549.
Several fixed configurations are available with 2.53GHz Intel Pentium 4 processors, and users can add memory and hard drive space as needed, Miller said.