FRAMINGHAM (06/22/2000) - Hewlett-Packard Co. next week will announce a server designed to give small to midsize businesses a box that's easy to set up and administer.
The NetServer E-800 is the first in a series of announcements the company plans to reveal at PC Expo this week. The announcements are expected to include new support services and security offerings aimed at small to midsize business customers. The company said the E-800 will include an integrated back-up offering, server management software and support services.
HP's entry will mean another choice for network professionals. Dell Computer Corp., IBM Corp. and Compaq Computer Corp. have been targeting desktops and servers for midsize users for years. Observers say HP's move reflects the rapid growth in small and midsize businesses looking to handle growing amounts of Web transactions.
"We see a general slowdown in enterprise markets for servers right now," says Lindy Lesperance, an analyst with Technology Business Research in Hampton, New Hampshire. "But the small to medium business market is becoming increasingly important."
HP has fitted the E-800 with specific features that are designed to keep networks running with as little administration as possible. The server also addresses other concerns, such as back-up and server configuration. For example:
Users can use the E-800 with HP Navigator to guide setup and installation to get their systems running. HP Navigator guides users through operating system setup and peripherals such as printers and scanners.
An integrated back-up package is available on certain models, including HP SureStore DAT24i and integrated back-up software with One Button Disaster Recovery.
HP TopTools for Servers with a browser-based interface for easier server management and troubleshooting.
The HP Netserver E-800 system expands to two Intel Pentium III 733-MHz, 800-MHz or 866-MHz processors, 145G bytes of internal mass storage, up to 2G bytes of error checking and correction memory SDRAM, and seven available PCI I/O slots.
HP's Patrick Harr says the company will also include HP Instant Support starting in July, a free service that will help automate and speeds the resolution of computing problems by providing a point of contact if a server goes down. The HP NetServer E-800 system will be available beginning July 1 for about $2,060.