IBM refreshed its range of workgroup servers today but is still unable to supply a complete server system for under #1,000, despite a full frontal battle two months ago with Compaq, which advertised a range of servers for less than #1,000 without monitor.
Today IBM admitted it could not supply a system under #1,000 with monitor. The admission is the latest strike in an ongoing propaganda war between the two PC giants.
IBM?s original attack was based on adverts on the front page of national newspapers two months ago, when Compaq said it would introduce servers for under the #1,000 mark. That drew a sharp response from Mike Lunch, UK general manager of the IBM PC Company, who hit out at Compaq for misleading the world by describing a server as something that did not include memory and a monitor.
Lunch then said that Compaq was trying to cheat end users. Compaq rebutted that at the time by claiming IBM was not counting the number of peripherals, including monitors, properly.
Lunch said today it had responded to Compaq?s attack by releasing a server product that did the business. ?We are delivering on the promise of a full function real server for under #1,000.?
But a representative from IBM said today that the different options involved made a difference. He said: ?The 310 starts at #995.? He did not know whether that price included a monitor.
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