Dell readies server for small businesses

Dell Computer Corp. added a new server Tuesday to its low-cost PowerEdge SC family, which is designed to provide small businesses with a "true" server to handle basic server tasks, instead of a modified desktop PC.

The Dell PowerEdge 500SC is the company's first product designed specifically to be a one-processor server, and will be offered with a 1GHz Pentium III processor or an 800MHz Celeron processor. An entry-level version of the 500SC starts at US$699 and is available immediately, a Dell spokesman said.

Small business users can currently buy an entry-level version of the Dell 300SC server with a single 850MHz Pentium III processor for $649, including a $100 discount, according to information on Dell's Web site.

Dell officials said smaller companies have been asking for a single-chip server for basic file, print and e-mail serving. Many users accomplish these tasks by modifying a desktop PC. Dell hopes the relatively low price for the entry-level system combined with certain server-specific technologies -- which include support for up to 2G bytes of RAM and 180G bytes of storage -- will make the product attractive to users.

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