HP shrinks four processor ProLiant

Hewlett-Packard has taken the wraps off a new server that cuts the size of its four-processor ProLiant systems in half, the company announced Monday.

The ProLiant DL560 server packs four of Intel Corp.'s Xeon processors in a 2U- (3.5 inch-) high system. While this product lacks a few features of larger, 4U-high servers, customers still receive the same processing power in a smaller space, which can help reduce the size of their data centers, said Paul Miller, director of the Industry Standard Servers platform group at HP. The compact size of the new server could also make it popular with customers linking together systems to form a cluster, Miller said.

"This makes sense for people trying to shrink the size of their data center and simplify their IT environments," Miller said.

HP inherited a strong Intel-based server business in its acquisition of Compaq Computer Corp. and has worked to keep the heat on rivals such as Dell Computer Corp. and IBM Corp. The company expects the new four-processor server to add options for customers seeking to serve up Web pages or e-mail and to run business software from the likes of SAP AG, Miller said.

The ProLiant DL560 will be available starting March 11; a configuration with a 1.5GHz Xeon and 512M-bytes of memory starts at US$7,099. Configurations with 2.0GHz and 1.9GHz Xeons will also be available.

HP will support Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 2000 Advanced Server and the forthcoming Windows 2003 Server along with Red Hat Inc.'s Linux Advanced Server, SuSE Linux and Novell Inc.'s Netware operating systems.

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