Hewlett-Packard zal haar lijn van Intel servers vernieuwen, met de komst van Intel's jongste Xeon MP serverchips, schrijft C|Net. De zes nieuwe servers variėren van een zwaardere desktopmachine met een single Pentium 4 processor, tot een 4-way systeem met de nieuwe Xeon MP chips en high-end features. De frisse wind zal pas wat later ook door de rack-mounted servers gaan waaien, aldus HP's marketingmanager Jean-Jacques Otil. De servers zijn essentieel in HP's strijd met Compaq, Dell en IBM, tenzij de fusie met Compaq doorgaat:
Analysts say that Compaq's ProLiant Intel servers, which lead in market share, would likely displace HP's NetServers if the merger succeeds.
[...] The new servers coming Tuesday include the following, according to Gary Erickson, director of product marketing for volume systems:
- The tc2110, which has an average price of $1,459. The system includes a 1.7GHz Pentium 4 CPU. HP waited until release of Intel's 845 chipset that lets computer makers avoid Rambus memory.
- The tc3100, with an average price of $1,999, can handle up to two 1.26GHz "Tualatin" Pentium III CPUs, which come with more high-speed "cache" memory than most Pentium III chips. The server has options for a remote management card and drives that can be switched without rebooting the system.
- The tc4100 is similar to the tc3100, but has an average price of $4,359 and includes more higher-end features standard.
- The tc6100, with an average price of $7,599, is also a two-CPU machine, but it supports Xeon CPUs. Xeons differ from regular Pentium 4 chips because they have "hyper-threading" features that enable a single CPU to work somewhat like two. The system uses the ServerWorks GC-HE chipset that supports use of the high-speed PCI-X input-output technology.
- The tc7100, with an average price of $12,559, accommodates up to four Xeon MP chips, code-named "Foster MP" and is scheduled to be introduced this week at the CeBit trade show in Hanover, Germany. The 8.75-inch-thick system uses the ServerWorks GC-HE chipset and can be mounted in a rack.
- The rc7100 is similar to the tc7100 but is designed to be mounted only in rack, where space is at a premium. At 5.25 inches thick, it's got less room to hold disk drives than the tc7100. A typical system costs $13,899, HP said.