Hewlett Packard has launched six new servers, including, for the first time, off-the-shelf server clustering capabilities for Linux.
The XC3000 and XC6000 are designed to meet the needs of a growing Linux user base and deliver more resilience than manually clustered server farms.
The XC6000 cluster is based on the Integrity rx2600, while the XC3000 cluster is based on the Proliant family. The standard offerings are available up to 512-processors and feature high-speed interconnects from Quadrics and Myricom.
Tony Lock, senior analyst at Bloor Research said: "HP is taking notice of the fact that Linux is winning an increased proportion of server market share. In the past, users would have to create their own clustered environment, as Linux is well suited to this. HP is simply making hay in an area where they already dominate."
HP also completed its Itanium-based Integrity range with the launch of its four-way rx4640, eight-way rx7620 and 16-way rx8620 servers, filling the mid-range gap left between the 64-way Superdome and its single and dual-processing offerings.
This lays the path open for moving the rest of the range, including Alpha and PA-Risc based servers, over to the Integrity platform.
Ken Surplice, HP EMEA mid-range product manager, said: "We are in the process of converging our Non-Stop, Alpha and PA-Risc servers into the Integrity range."
Meanwhile, the Alpha range will continue to be a major HP product line until 2006 in line with the recently released modular servers in this range. And in-box PA-Risc upgrades will be available for the next two years while support will continue, as with the Alpha range, until 2011.
The new HP Proliant DL140 server is the first of a new 100 range specifically aimed at small to medium-sized businesses and high-performance technical computing demands.
Carol Hess-Nickels, HP EMEA industry standard servers director, said: "The DL140 is intended for the lower-end market, with simple print and file capabilities."
The Integrity rx7620 and rx8620 mid-range servers are available now, priced from Eu21,902 and Eu65,538 respectively. List price for the Integrity rx4620 high-density server starts at Eu13,884.
Price and release information for the Proliant DL140 will be detailed later this month.
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