More than a month after shipping its first Xeon-based products, Compaq has announced the general availability of a raft of servers running on Intel's new Slot-1 and Slot-2 processors.
In early August, Compaq was one of the first OEMs to ship servers powered by the Slot-2 Xeon chips when it began filling overseas orders for its new ProLiant 6000 family (ARN August 5, 1998).
The Australian channel has begun taking orders for those models, and Compaq's other high-end enterprise servers based on the Xeon chips, the ProLiant 5500 and 7000 series.
Meanwhile, Compaq has also adopted Intel's fastest Slot-1 processors, the 450MHz Pentium IIs, in its 1850R and 1600 servers.
Indeed, all of Compaq's server families have been upgraded, except the low-end 800 series.
But even that may soon change. The ProLiant 800, which Terry Steer, Compaq's manager, industry standard servers, recently told ARN is one of the company's most successful lines (ARN July 15, 1998), is also likely to adopt the 450MHz chip in the future.
"Right now, we do not have it," Steer said. "The 450MHz is a more expensive chip, but it will come into the 800 product range as its cost comes down."
In the meantime, Steer claims the other new server lines are already selling well locally.
"We've already sold a million dollars of orders in half a day so I expect they will be very successful," he said.
Pricing for the ProLiant 5500 server with one Pentium II Xeon 400MHz processor, 512KB of L2 cache, and 128MB of buffered EDO memory starts at $16,595. Meanwhile, new models of the ProLiant 1850R and ProLiant 1600 start at $6995 and $7815 respectively. The ProLiant 7000 is priced at $42,990 and the ProLiant 6000 from $20,995.
As for concerns that Intel's rapid chip cycles may be causing excess inventory problems, Steer denies Compaq is at risk.
"If anything, we'd like more of the older products because some customers aren't quite ready to move up as they've got issues such as certification processes to get through," Steer said.
"So you can read that [as evidence] we don't have any inventory problems with stock we've already released."