With its long history in the market, Hewlett-Packard (HP) has amassed considerable experience as a server solutions provider and this is reflected in the company's Intel platform line up. As a leading Unix vendor, HP can offer an admirable range of high-end enterprise servers.
HP's low-end offering is the NetServer E50, a server designed for use in small businesses where there is, to use the company's own words, "little or no IT support". The system ships with either a 300MHz or 333MHz Pentium II processor, and comes with 32Mb/64Mb of EDO RAM, expandable to a maximum of 384Mb. It comes with a single channel Ultra/Wide SCSI controller and has enough drive bays to deliver a maximum storage capacity of 36.4Gb.
The chassis has a total of six expansion ports (two PCI, two ISA and two PCI/ISA combo) although two of these are occupied by the graphics adaptor and the 10/100 Ethernet adaptor.
Next up is the NetServer LC3 which can be fitted with single or dual PII processors in either 350MHz, 400MHz or 450MHz. It comes supplied with 64Mb of SDRAM as standard and has a maximum memory capacity of 1Gb. The LC3 features five PCI slots, one of which is already occupied by a 10/100 Ethernet adaptor, as well as a single shared ISA/PCI slot. The system features an integrated Ultra/Wide SCSI controller and with three half height hot swap bays there's enough capacity for 54.6Gb of hot-swappable drive space and a total maximum of 63.7Gb. Like nearly all of the machines featured, the LC3 can be upgraded with external storage capacity - a RAID controller can also be supplied as an optional extra. The system does have the standard range of basic self monitoring capabilities, for instance temperature, voltage and fan speed and is also able to reboot itself in the event of an operating system crash.
In the middle area of the range is the LH3 departmental server. Fitted with single or dual PII processors (350MHz, 400MHz or 450MHz) the LH3 ships with 64Mb of SDRAM and can handle up to 1Gb. The system features not one but two integrated Ultra2 SCSI controllers and an integrated HP NetRAID array controller. The chassis offers 12 hot-swap bays which allow for a maximum of 144Gb of hot swappable drive space, plus a further two standard drive bays, each capable of holding a further 9Gb. There are eight full-length PCI expansion slots, one of which is occupied by a 10/100 Ethernet adaptor.
It's no surprise to see that HP offers a good selection of well designed servers for the small to medium enterprise. It's been building high-end servers for longer than many other hardware manufacturers have been around.
It's hardly surprising that the experience the company has gained in the high-end Unix market would eventually filter down to its entry-level offerings.
- Prices start from: #1,497
- Contact: 0990 225587 - www.hp.com/uk/.
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