Direct desktop and notebook supremo Dell has thrown down the gauntlet to traditional server heavyweights Compaq, Hewlett Packard and IBM.
The company has unveiled a high-end server line-up that can use up to four Pentium Pro processors in its bid to muscle in on the lucrative corporate clustering market.
Clustering of Intel processor-based servers has become an increasingly important technology for companies such as Compaq, IBM, HP and Dell, presenting potentially dramatic cost savings over the traditional Unix vendors.
Clustering connects servers, keeping them in constant communication. In the event of one server failing, the others kick in, thereby ensuring the network continues to operate.
Wolfpack, Microsoft?s application for clustering PCs, is expected to deliver its first wave of products this year. A second stream is likely to follow in 1998, which should allow businesses to boost performance by simply adding more servers to the cluster.
The latest Dell range is expected to deliver 4Gb, 200MHz systems for less than $10,000.
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