Hewlett-Packard Introduces New Server

FRAMINGHAM (03/03/2000) - Hewlett-Packard Co. this week will announce a six-processor server designed for Windows 2000 that it claims will offer price/performance that's significantly better than similarly-sized systems from rivals.

The servers - which HP will offer at the price of its current four-way systems - will deliver a 30 percent application-level performance boost over existing quad-processor boxes.

What sets the new LH 6000 and LT 6000r apart from the competition is the fact that users will get six-way performance more cheaply than current server designs permit, said Chris Bennett, an HP product manager.

Currently, the only option available to most users who want to upgrade their 4-way Intel servers is to buy and pay for another four-processor board - even if they use just two of the additional processors.

HP's new servers implement a homegrown technology that allows the company to deliver six-processor boxes, Bennet said. No other major vendor currently offers this capability, he claimed.

"What's interesting here is the pricing . . . by essentially giving away two processors to the customer," HP is trying to push customers to buy new servers, said Kelly Spang, an analyst at Technology Business Research Inc. in Hampton, N.H.

Pricing for HP's new boxes starts at $7,299. They are based on Intel's 550-MHz Pentium III Xeon processors with 4GB of memory - expandable to 8GB - and 216GB of internal storage. In comparison, Compaq Computer Corp.'s four-processor ProLiant 5500 server tops out at 4GB of memory and 182GB of disk space.

Scalability is Crucial

Inexpensive scalability is crucial at a time when Internet applications are quickly saturating the servers put in place to run them, said Stephen Ippoliti, a senior e-commerce strategist at Qwest Internet Solutions Inc., an Internet hosting and application service provider in Denver. "Customers appreciate the chance to increase headroom at aggressive price points," he said.

Qwest, which is planning on buying several of the new HP systems, will use them as database servers for its Web hosting operations, Ippoliti said.

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