HP debuts midrange Unix server

Hewlett-Packard Co. Tuesday took the wraps off a new 16-way, midrange server built around the company's own flavor of the Unix operating system.

The HP Server rp8400 can use up to 16 of the company's PA-RISC processors, making it a significantly more powerful server than the company's current eight-way rp7400 -- formerly called the N-class server. HP will make its 650MHz and 750MHz PA-RISC 8700 chips available on the new server. The rp8400 will run version 11i of the company's HP-UX operating system.

HP's competition in the Unix server market includes IBM Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. All three vendors have pushed the cost of their lower-end servers down in recent months, as the slowdown in the U.S. economy has created a tight market for the machines.

HP targeted the rp8400 at service providers and users looking to work on technical computing tasks. The product will begin shipping worldwide immediately with a standard configuration costing US$124,000.

(More to follow.)

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