Compaq Announces New Servers, Product Lines

BOSTON (01/31/2000) - Compaq Computer Corp. has added to its NeoServer line, aimed at small companies doing business over the Internet.

The new servers, announced today, are the NeoServer 150 Standard Model and the NeoServer 150 Internet Plus model. The company also announced that it will offer packaged service software, called CarePaqs, with the new servers, enabling small businesses to get up and running on the Internet and to set up their first networks.

The NeoServers let companies set up file sharing, automatic data backup, intranets and Internet access, as well as a built-in firewall. The machines feature 500MHz Intel Corp. Celeron processors; 64M-byte, 100MHz SDRAM DIMM memory; 13G-byte IDE hard drive; 17G-byte IDE backup hard drive, which is removable; and an eight-port hub.

The Internet Plus model offers a 56K-bps (bits per second) v.90 internal modem.

It starts at US$1,799, while the other 150 starts at $1,499. The new servers also support up to 100 users without an additional license fee.

Compaq also announced today a new generation of rack-mounted ProLiant servers and management tools for larger businesses. The ProLiant DL380 is for Internet and application service providers, while the new ProLiant ML line is for companies that run applications that need large internal storage.

The DL380 is the next generation of the ProLiant 1850R model server. The new version has expanded remote management capability, up to two 733MHz/256K cache Pentium III processors, 128M bytes of 133MHz ECC registered SDRAM DIMM, expandable to 4G bytes, an integrated smart array controller allowing RAID capability without using a PCI slot, and design that allows up to 14 servers with 28 processors in a 42U rack.

The 128M-byte version starts at $5,497.

As for the ML servers, the ML350 is the next generation of Compaq's Prosignia 740 and ProLiant 800 machines. It is targeted at small and medium-sized companies that are growing and is for corporate infrastructure needs, such as file and print functions.

It comes with 128M bytes of PC133-MHz ECC registered SDRAM DIMM memory, expandable to 2G bytes. It has a Pentium III 600MHz or 733MHz processor with 256K bytes of on-chip cache. The 350 line starts at $2,816 for the basic model and goes up to $3,906 as features are added.

The ML370 replaces the ProLiant 1600 and 1600R and features 128M bytes of 133MHz ECC registered SDRAM DIMM, expandable to 4G bytes, has up to two 667MHz or 733MHz Pentium III processors, six PCI slots, and six Wide Ultra2 or Wide Ultra3 hot plug SCSI drives. It comes in rack or tower models.

The 370 line starts at $4,020 and goes up to $4,816.

The ProLiant ML530 replaces the ProLiant 3000 and is being billed by Compaq as the world's fastest two-way server. The basic 530 model comes in tower or rack versions and features an integrated dual wide Ultra2 controller, 128M bytes of SDRAM, 91.G bytes pluggable universal Ultra2 SCSI hard drive and a 1.44M-byte floppy disk drive.

That line of models is priced between $5,952 and $6,406.

All of the servers announced today are available now. Additional details about the new machines can be found at http://www.directplus.compaq.com/.

Compaq, in Houston, can be reached at +1-281-370-0670 or at http://www.compaq.com/.

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