HP rolls out new desktop, workstations

Hewlett-Packard (HP) shored up its enterprise offerings on Monday, unveiling a new desktop PC, three new workstations and backup and recovery software as it continues to tout its Adaptive Enterprise strategy.

The HP Compaq Business desktop dc7100 is the first in the company's 7000 series line, featuring extended lifecycle management of at least 15 months, along with bolstered manageability and security features, the company said.

The PC is based on Intel's 915G chipset and comes in a choice of three designs -- ultra-slim desktop, small form factor and convertible minitower. It features HP's new Altiris Recovery software for PC back-up, restoration and recovery and HP's ProtectTools Embedded Security Manager. The security manager is a combined software and hardware product that offers users the ability to add security functions such as data encryption and authentication.

Customers can also choose to customize the dc7100 with Intel's Pentium 4 HyperThread-enabled processors, Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP operating system, a 160G-byte hard drive, up to 4G bytes of DDR SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM) and a choice of optical drives.

The dc7100 will be available worldwide in early July, and will have an estimated price of US$749 (AU$1,069).

Additionally, the company rolled out three new workstations aimed at the design and engineering, digital content creation, financial services and geographical information markets.

The entry-level HP Workstation xw4200 is based on Intel's 925X Express Chipset and Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T. It will be offered directly through HP as well as it distribution partners. The new HP Workstation xw4200, xw6200 and xw8200 support Microsoft's Windows XP Professional as well as Red Hat's Enterprise Linux WS 3.0 operating systems.

The xw6200 and xw8200 are available beginning Monday for US$1,399 (AU$1,997) and US$1,799, (AU$2,568) respectively in the U.S. The HP xw4200 is expected to be available in July starting at an estimated U.S. price of US$849, (AU$ 1,212 ) HP said.

(Laura Rohde, in London, contributed to this report)

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