Aiming for Sun

SAN MATEO (06/05/2000) - Compaq Computer Corp. today will take a swing at Sun Microsystems Inc.'s leadership in the front-end Web server market with the launch of two rack-optimized servers and a server/storage system.

Sporting an 1U-rack form factor (1.75 inches), the ProLiant DL360 is a server that offers sliding rails for ease of installation and in-rack, tool-free service access, according to Paul Miller, director of corporate and SMB marketing for the industry-standard server division at Compaq.

Powered by two 800MHz Pentium III processors or a single 550MHz PIII, the DL360 offers a 133MHz bus.

Compaq's ProLiant DL580, which measures in at a 4U-rack form factor, shares the same ease of installation and maintenance as the DL360, but with the added power of up to four 700MHz Pentium III Xeon processors.

The DL580 is targeted at business-critical data centers as well as application service provider and ISP environments.

With a 7U-rack form factor, the ProLiant ML570 is an all-in-one server and storage solution designed for enterprise and e-commerce needs, company officials said. Built to support heavy, back-end workloads, the ML570 provides internal hot-plug drive storage of as much as 218GB with six PCI expansion slots.

Also announced on Monday was the Compaq ProLiant CL380 clustering product.

Designed to simplify clustering for business-critical applications, the CL380 comes equipped with management tools such as Compaq Insight Manager XE and Intelligent Cluster Administrator 2.0.

Compaq Computer Corp., based in Houston, is at www.compaq.com.

Dan Neel is an InfoWorld reporter.

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