Compaq targets IBM with new Xeon-based servers

Compaq targets IBM with new Xeon-based servers

Compaq on Thursday introduced its first Intel-based server with hot-swappable memory, a 4-way ProLiant DL580. The company also released a new 2-way ProLiant ML530 and issued upgrades to two other Intel-based systems.

Price performance factors into Compaq's strategy with the new ProLiant servers, which are positioned to attack similar technology from IBM in the market for entry-level database Exchange servers, according to Paul Miller, the director of marketing for Compaq's industry standard server group in Houston.

The ProLiant DL580 offers hot-swappable, mirrored memory, which provides for internal failover. Powered by Intel's Xeon MP processor, the ProLiant DL580 is available in configurations of as many as four Xeon chips. Pricing starts from $US8,499, according to Compaq.

The ProLiant ML530 is a 2-way server running Intel's Xeon DP (dual processor) chips. Sporting PCI-X bus technology for faster I/O throughput, the ML530 costs $5,199.

Compaq added ATA RAID capabilities to two existing servers, the ProLiant ML350 and ProLiant ML330. The ML350 and ML330 start at $1,949 and $1,422, respectively.

Compaq is second only to nemesis IBM in a recent report on worldwide server market share by IDC. Compaq holds a 16.3 per cent share of the overall worldwide server market, behind Big Blue's 26.3 per cent share of the same.

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