Compaq will make a determined effort to change the shape of network servers on Monday when it introduces the Prosignia 200 server, at a price of less than #1,000 in the UK. The machine will use a standard 166MHz chip, come with options for either extended IDE or Ultra Wide SCSI and a 1.6Gbytes hard drive.
The news will put pressure on direct vendors like Dell, whose prices for similarly configured systems are considerably more.
Compaq will also launch a Proliant 800 Pentium Pro server on Monday. It will use two Pentium Pro chips but the company will not give any pricing details until then.
Compaq has bundled a set of server management tools with its cheap Prosignia. That includes the Smartstart CD with different operating systems unlockable by code word and its system management software. It also includes a Compaq-built Netintelligence network interface card.
The channel will add value to the two systems, a source at Compaq confirmed. These will include configuring additional software and adding networking options to the machines.
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