Dell launches new PowerEdge midrange server

Dell Computer's PowerEdge 1500SC, a dual-processor midrange server with a base price of US$1400, is available worldwide as of Monday, the company announced.

The server contains ServerWorks Corp.'s HE-SL chip set, which supports an Intel Corp. 1.13GHz Pentium III processor, and an Intel PRO/1000 XT gigabit Ethernet network connection on the motherboard. Standard features include ECC (error checking and correcting) memory, hot-plug hard drives and a hardware monitor that automatically reboots the system in case of a failure in the operating system, Dell said.

The operating system is not included in the $1400 price. Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 2000 Server, Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 or Red Hat Inc.'s Linux 7.2 can be factory installed at extra cost, the company said.

The HE-SL chip set supports three PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) buses (two 64-bit buses and one 32-bit bus), 4G bytes of RAM and embedded dual-channel RAID (redundant array of independent disks) with battery backup. It is used in other models of the PowerEdge line, which was revamped last March.

At the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas last week, Dell Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell had promised to keep stoking the fires of its competition with Sun Microsystems Inc. with new products, despite the sluggish server market.

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