HP cuts server prices, offers trade-in deals

Hewlett-Packard Co. has announced price cuts on some of its Intel Corp. Pentium III-based Xeon Netservers, as well as a trade-in program that will let users turn in old equipment - HP and non-HP systems - for credit toward a new purchase.

The trade-in program and price cuts will be available through Oct. 31 in North America.

The HP trade-in program specifically lets users redeem the value of a current HP or non-HP PC, notebook, server, monitor, printer, scanner, digital camera, PDA or networking product and apply that value toward the purchase of a new HP product.

HP is also offering to help defray users' costs associated with installing new HP equipment. For example, users that upgrade to an HP Netserver LH 6000/LT 6000r system or an HP Netserver LXr 8500dc/LXr 8500 system will receive US$1,000 toward the removal of any old non-HP servers and installation of the new HP Netserver.

Another deal the company is offering ends on Aug. 31 but may be worth a look since it promises a free server. HP says U.S. customers that buy four HP Netserver LP1000r or LP2000r systems, will receive one HP Netserver LP1000r or LP2000r system free. Key accessories also will be available with the "buy four, get one free" promotion. Also, users that buy one HP Server Appliance, will receive one HP Server Appliance free.

Through Sept. 1, U.S. users can receive up to $1,700 for each HP Netserver and/or HP SureStore Storage with the purchase of 250 Client Access Licenses (CAL) of Microsoft(r) Exchange 2000, Microsoft(r) Back Office Server 2000 and/or Microsoft(r) Exchange 2000 Conferencing Server.

HP also announced price cuts in the U.S. on three HP Netserver systems. HP says users can save 11 percent to 15 percent on the price of an HP Netserver E800 system, which is designed for small and medium businesses or corporate remote offices. Additionally, users can save 8 percent to 9 percent on the price of the HP Netserver LP1000r system, a thin server. HP is also offering up to 3 percent off of its Netserver LH 3000r, aimed at workgroups and departments in the enterprise.

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