Compaq targets IBM with new Xeon-based servers

Compaq Computer on Thursday introduced its first Intel-based server with hot-swappable memory, a 4-way ProLiant DL580. The company also released a new 2-way ProLiant ML530 and issued upgrades to two other Intel-based systems.

Price performance factors into Compaq's strategy with the new ProLiant servers, which are positioned to attack similar technology from IBM Corp. in the market for entry-level database Exchange servers, according to Paul Miller, the director of marketing for Compaq's industry standard server group in Houston.

The ProLiant DL580 offers hot-swappable, mirrored memory which provides for internal failover. Powered by Intel's Xeon MP processor, the ProLiant DL580 is available in configurations of as many as four Xeon chips. It starts for US$8,499, according to Compaq.

The ProLiant ML530 is a 2-way server running Intel Corp.'s Xeon DP (dual processor) chips. Sporting PCI-X bus technology for faster I/O throughput, the ML530 runs for $5,199.

Compaq added ATA RAID capabilities to two existing servers, the ProLiant ML350 and ProLiant ML330. The ML350 and ML330 start at $1,949 and $1,422, respectively.

Compaq is second only to nemesis IBM in a recent report on world wide server market share by IDC in Framingham, Mass. Compaq holds a 16.3 percent share of the overall world wide server market, behind Big Blue's 26.3 percent share of the same.

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