Compaq's ProSignia 200 is its low-cost entry level server offering.
It's offered with either a 166MHz Penitum or a 233/266/300MHz PII processor and comes as standard with 16Mb of EDO RAM, expandable to a maximum of 384Mb. It is quite literally nothing more than a fairly low-spec desktop PC with a handful of widgets thrown in to give some sort of server credit.
The ProLiant 800 and 850R (Rack) are somewhat more serious offerings.
The 800 can be supplied with either single or dual 200MHz Pentium Pro processors or 350MHz PII processors. It has 64Mb of 100Mhz SDRAM fitted as standard and the machine has a quite healthy maximum capacity of 512Mb.
One of Compaq's own Netelligent 10/100 Ethernet controllers is built onto the system board; an extra, redundant, card can be installed as an option to take over should the main NIC fail. The 800 has enough internal capacity for up 54Gb of drive space and can be upgraded to proved hot swap capabilities (the 850R features hot swap bays as standard). Compaq uses SMART drives in its systems and offers pre-emptive replacements, under warranty, should those drives announce that they're feeling a little unwell and are likely to fall over in the immediate future.
Next up is the ProLiant 1200, based on a 233MHz PII with 32-512Mb of EDO RAM. The 1200 features hot-swappable hard drives and has a storage capacity of up to 27.5Gb. The 1200 seems to occupy an odd little space in the line up, overlapping quite heavily with both the 850R and the lower end 1600 models. The 1600 is available in both floor standing mini tower and rack mounted configurations. Processors range from 266MHz to 450MHz PII and can be single or dual devices. The lower end devices can be fitted with 64-512Mb of EDO RAM; the 400MHz and 450MHz devices can have up to 1Gb of faster SDRAM. The 1600 also offers most of the availability features you would expect from an entry/mid-level server. Power supplies and fans are hot swappable and can be fitted as additional redundant items. This server features environmental monitoring which keeps track of things like fan and system case temperatures, warning the system administrator when something is likely to go wrong.
The most powerful Compaq server we will cover is the ProLiant 1850R, a rack mounted device which can be equipped with single or dual PII 400/450MHz processors and up to 1Gb of SDRAM. Heralded by Compaq as a space saving unit, the device features a total of seven drive bays, three of which are hot-swappable, and four full-length PCI slots. The Dual Channel Wide Ultra SCSI -3 controller which is integrated into the system provides a data throughput rate of 40Mbps, per channel. Redundant power supply units are available as optional extras.
Further up the product line you can find the ProLiant 2500, 3000, 5500, 6000, 6500, and 7000 systems. As is typical of Compaq's business model, its servers come in a wide range of models each geared quite tightly to a particular target market.
- Prices start from: TBC
- Contact: 0845 270 4222 - www.compaq.co.uk.
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