More affordable eight-way processing technology has arrived in the mid-range server market as Compaq starts shipping its new Profusion architecture-based ProLiant servers in Australia this month.
Claiming to be first to market with eight-way standards-based products, Compaq marketeers are singing of the new affordability being introduced to the type of server infrastructure required for today's data- and memory-intensive enterprise and e-commerce applications.
According to Steve Cumings, Compaq's senior product marketing manager, enterprise server group, the new ProLiant standards-based range offers performance previously only available from more expensive products like HP's 9000-series or IBM's R6000.
Cumings said resellers stand to benefit as this opens up the choice available for sale into second-tier enterprises and SMEs currently hesitating at the costs of getting the kind of back-end grunt needed for e-commerce.
"Resellers now have a new range of customers that in the past thought it would be imposs-ible to obtain the sort of infrastructure required to set up e-commerce because of its cost," Cumings said.
"If you look at the price difference between our solution and other classical mid-range solutions, we are about one-third to one-quarter the price."
The servers have been designed for future upgrades and easy servicing with features to minimise down-time, according to Terry Steer, the local marketing manager for Compaq's industry standard server group.
He said local resellers will need two Advanced Systems Engineers to sell the new ProLiants which Express Data started taking orders for last week and for which the shipping of units will begin later this month.
Prices for the new ProLiant servers begin at $35,500 which gets you the 8500 with one Pentium II Xeon 550MHz processor, 1MB of Level 2 Cache and 512MB RAM. ProLiant 8000 servers start at $39,500 and there will also be an upgrade kit for existing 7000-series ProLiants available later this year. It will sell for about $20,000.