HP beefs up e3000

Hewlett-Packard kept to its promised roadmap for legacy serverslast week with the announcement of upgrades to its e3000servers that increase performance and storage capacity.

The company updated its a- and n-class servers. It unveiled aRISC processor, the PA-8700, a step up from the PA-8500 and PA-8600 processors formerly used by the e3000. The servers alsogot a new operating system and new storage, migration tools andservices.

The a-class server can have one or two processors and isintended for small businesses or branch offices. The n-classservers, with one to four processors, are designed for largebusinesses.

The e3000 a- and n-class servers run MPE/iX Release 7.5 andinclude a set of tools to ease conversions to HP-UX. MPE/iX isone of the operating systems HP will migrate to HP-UX as ittransitions all its platforms to Intel's 64-bit Itaniumprocessor.

HP is offering customers as much as 17% in savings when theyupgrade to the PA-8700. The company claims that using the newprocessor will provide 35% to 100% better performance,depending on whether the customer has an entry-level or high-end server.

HP added 2G bit/sec Fibre Channel capability to the a- and n-class servers, as well as Web server software called WebWiseVersion 2. The company also integrated the sendmail e-mailpackage.

Further, HP bulked up the storage that can be attached to theservers: it added support for the HP Surestore Disk Array XP128and XP1024 and the HP Virtual Array 7100, as well as theSurestore Disk System 2300, a Just a Bunch of Disks array.

To ease users' migration to HP-UX, considering that HP willdiscontinue the e3000 in five years, the company will provide aseries of training programs, trade-in rebates and equipmentloaners.

The e3000 servers and MPE/ix operating system will be solduntil the end of 2006.

The servers are available now. The A500, a dual-processorserver, starts at US$41,800; the dual-processor N380 starts at$82,800; and a four-processor N500 starts at $252,535.

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