HP Announces Small-Business Servers

Hewlett-Packard is announcing two new ProLiant servers, including a new $499 system designed for small to medium-size businesses.

The server will be the first of the company's new ML100 line of small/midsize business systems. Called the ML110, it will be a single-processor "tower"-shaped server with a starting list price of $499. It will ship with a choice of either a 2.6-GHz Celeron processor or the 2.8-GHz or 3-GHz Pentium 4 from Intel.

BL30p Blade Coming

HP is also announcing plans to release the slimmest member of its BL line of blade servers. Called the BL30p, the new blade is designed to fit into the same chassis as HP's BL20p and BL40p blades. The BL30p is half as thick as a BL20p blade, and it uses a newly designed "sleeve" mechanism that lets two BL30p units plug into the interconnects used by one BL20p.

Blade servers are extremely dense, slimmed-down systems. Like books in a bookshelf, they slide into a chassis that provides power and networking. They are designed to be an easy-to-manage system for server farms or supercomputers.

To make the BL30p smaller, HP will include only one IDE hard drive, unlike with the BL20p, which has two SCSI drives. Customers will be able to fit 16 of the BL30p blades into HP's standard BL p-class blade enclosure.

In the Works

Both the BL30p and the ML110 will support the Linux operating system as well as Microsoft Windows. The ML110, which is available immediately, also supports Novell NetWare.

HP did not have pricing or specifications for the BL30p, which is scheduled to begin shipping by the end of June.

The company is also expanding its small-business-server line to offer systems powered by Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron CPUs. The first Opteron ProLiant servers are due in the first half of this year.

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