What's new from: Adaptec, Primergy, HP, Optima, Sun, IBM

What's new from: Adaptec, Primergy, HP, Optima, Sun, IBM

Snap Server 4500

Adaptec has announced a 1.6TB version of the Snap Server 4500 for SMBs, remote offices, and departments. The Snap Server 4500 combines network-attached storage (NAS) and IP Storage Area Network (IP SAN) functionality in a single platform that offers improved performance and storage capacity. It can scale up to 3.6TB through the addition of up to two Snap Disk 10 expansion arrays. The server comes with integrated software including NetVault backup software from Bakbone, antivirus, snapshot, and centralised management software. The Instant Capacity Expansion (ICE) software feature allows customers to increase the size of data volumes without interrupting user's access to the Snap Server 4500. The new Snap EDR or S2S software for advanced data protection, consolidation, distribution, and replication is also now available. The product is distributed in Australia by ACA Pacific and Lan 1. Tech Pacific is expected to sign on soon. RRP: The Snap Server 4500 costs $8999 for the 1TB configuration and $11599 for the 1.6TB configuration.

Primergy BX600

Fujitsu is offering a blade server for mid-tier database applications. The Primergy BX600 meets the requirements of enterprise data centres and ASPs. The four-way servers blades are suited as a platform for any application in a data centre. It offers Intel Xeon DP and MP processor technology including 10 hot-plug server blades per chassis with 1-2 Intel Xeon processors or up to five server blades with 2-4 Xeon MP pro­cessors per server blade. Other features include: redundant switch blades and/or pass-through blades and two redundant management blades for network integration and management; one or two Ultra320 SCSI hard disks per server blade in RAID 0 or 1 configuration, two gigabit Ethernet interfaces per dual server blade, and 2x2 gigabit Ethernet interfaces per four-way server blade for stable communication paths, integrated KVM switch. Other features include: two optional (dual server blade) or 2x2 (4-way server blade) Fibre Channel interfaces, and an optional PCI slot module (instead of a hard disk) for LAN controller on dual processor server blades. The product is distributed in Australia by AusPac, T-Data, Also Technology and Multi Technology.

RRP: Pricing for a blade chassis fully loaded with redundant Ethernet switches and 10x blade servers (dual processor 3.0GHz) starts at about $52,000.

HP DL385

The HP ProLiant DL385 delivers enterprise-class uptime and manageability with two-way AMD Opteron performance and 2U density for a variety of rack deployments and applications. The DL385 is ideal for environments of all types and sizes with large internal storage capacity for everything from Web applications to databases. It is simple to connect to storage networks and can be managed from one place. For space sensitive businesses, the DL385 packs all the storage and memory you need into 2U of rack space and the cable management arm and quick deploy rail solution make racking simple. Small and medium businesses with rack environments can also benefit from remote server management or network backup. The product is distributed in Australia by Tech Pacific, Ingram Micro, Dicker Data and Avnet. RRP: $5095.

Optima Vizon XE 2300R2

The Optima Vizon server XE 2300R2 series provides a serviceable 2U rack-optimised solution for applications requiring boosted performance and storage capabilities. The server platform XE 2300R2 is designed for dual Intel Xeon processors with an 800MHz system bus, supports DDR2 memory, next-generation PCI Express I/O interconnect technology, and includes dual integrated Intel Pro/1000 MT server adaptors. Operating system support includes Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard, Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, RedHat Linux Enterprise and Novell Netware 6.5. Key features include: up to 16GB of PC2 3200 registered ECC memory; dual gigabit LAN (Intel Pro/1000); dual Ultra320 SCSI; 880 gigabyte of SCSI storage; and server management software included. The product is distributed direct to resellers by Optima. RRP: Pricing starts at $4000.

Sun Fire V490

The Sun Fire V490 server is the lowest cost implementation of Sun's enterprise data centre technology. Taking up 5 rack units of space, offers four UltraSPARC IV Chip Multithreading processors delivering up to eight concurrent threads in 32GB of memory. The Solaris OS, the industry's leading Unix operating system, unleashes this multithreading/multiprocessor muscle to create a server capable of delivering extreme levels of throughput for demanding departmental and enterprise applications. The Sun Fire V490 is ideal for decision support, ecommerce infrastructure and application-centric workloads. It is distributed exclusively in Australia by Alstom IT. Prices start at $40,000, which includes 2 CPUs, 8GB RAM, 73GB internal disks.

IBM eServer X3

IBM's eServer X3 architecture brings mainframe capabilities and high-end technology to the company's next-generation 64-bit Intel Xeon processor-based xSeries servers. The new X3 architecture provides up to 38 per cent higher four-way performance than the previous generation of Intel Xeon processor-based systems, enabling businesses to simultaneously run 32-bit and 64-bit applications and more rapidly process massive amounts of data. IBM has also announced the new eServer xSeries 366, the first in a planned IBM line of dual-core-capable Intel-based server offerings. The X3 design is optimised for server consolidation and enterprise application software, and uses Virtualisation Engine technology to enhance virtualisation capabilities. X3 architecture offers investment protection for customers with its family of pay-as-you-grow Intel-based servers by supporting both 32-bit and 64-bit applications on the same platform so clients can migrate to 64-bit as needed. The eServer xSeries 366 is built with 64-bit Intel Xeon processors MP and platform capabilities including support for DDR2-based Active Memory and Active PCI-X 2.0, the new standard for high performance server I/O. IBM's eServer X3 systems will arrive concurrently with new scalable 64-bit x86 operating system software from major technology vendors including Microsoft, Red Hat and Novell. The IBM eServer xSeries 366 server is planned to be available in volume within 90 days.

RRP: Pricing for the x366 will start at $US6999. Local pricing will be announced next month.

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