HP Launches 'Net-Centric, Entry-Level Unix Servers

Hewlett-Packard Co. yesterday introduced the HP 9000 L-class family of entry-level Unix servers aimed at ISPs (Internet service providers) as well as medium-size and large corporations.

Running the company's HP-UX version of the Unix operating system, the HP 9000 L-class server family consists of the L1000 line featuring one or two processors, and the L2000 series of one to four-way servers, HP said.

The 9000 L-class servers also feature several pre-integrated Internet-centric software options, aimed at boosting the company's recently launched e-services push. As a result of an agreement also announced yesterday, HP also is offering software for wireless data access from Nokia Corp. on the new servers. [See "HP, Nokia Partner on Corporate WAP Services," Sept. 21.]"Internet implementations are mostly done on one to four-way servers. We have to catch up in this segment," said Janice Chaffin, vice president and general manager of HP's business critical computing unit, at a launch event held yesterday in Athens.

With the new L-class servers, HP over the next couple of years hopes to double its current 7 percent market share in the low-end Unix market, added Peter van der Fluit, HP's vice president and general manager of marketing, channels and alliances for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

The servers also offer a choice of processor upgrade paths to either future HP PA-RISC processors or the forthcoming 64-bit IA-64 processors co-designed by Intel Corp. and HP, making the L-class the first entry-level IA-64-ready server on the market, HP claimed.

Scheduled to start shipping in the U.S. in October, the HP 9000 L1000 model pricing will start at US$15,975, with the L2000 series starting at $21,725, the company said.

HP, in Palo Alto, California, can be reached by phone at +1-650-857-1501, or on the Web at http://www.hp.com/.

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