Dell Offers Enterprise Servers

Dell Computer Corp. this week announced a series of new servers in a bid to broaden its appeal to corporate users.

Round Rock, Texas-based Dell said it's aiming to beef up its products' ability to run internal and external Web sites as well as high-end database applications and other corporate processing jobs. Among the moves detailed in the announcement is the planned addition of a 32-processor server made by Blue Bell, Pa.-based Unisys Corp. that Dell will market for use in applications "that require significant computing horsepower," said Michael Lambert, senior vice president of Dell's enterprise systems group.

Dell becomes the fourth server vendor to sign on to resell Unisys' ES7000 machine, which is currently the only system that can take full advantage of the 32-processor scalability built into Microsoft Corp.'s new high-end Windows 2000 Datacenter operating system. Hewlett-Packard Co., Compaq Computer Corp. and U.K.-based ICL, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Fujitsu Ltd., all previously announced plans to offer the ES7000.

Dell, which will market the ES7000 under the PowerEdge brand name, said it plans to make the 32-processor system available in the first quarter of next year. Pricing on the machine wasn't disclosed.

Dell also announced two new rack-mounted servers targeted at Internet and intranet applications. The PowerEdge 1550 is due to ship next month at a starting price of US$2,599, and the PowerEdge 350 is slated to be available in February with a base price of $1,499.

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