Continued shortages of 200MHz Pentium Pro processors have created glitches in vendors? channel strategies, with both Compaq and ALR agreeing that Intel?s failure to deliver enough chips has caused them problems.
Hugh Jenkins, server marketing manager at Compaq UK, said that the situation had improved recently. ?As far as the Proliant 5000 and 2500 products are situated, we have every single product ex-stock. Over the last three months there has been an issue over Pro availability but we?re coming out of the other side now,? he said.
The problem, he said, was not with the single Pentium Pro on a motherboard but with the other three Pros needed to make a quad symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) machine. ?One shortfall has been the extra Pros to go into the machines.?
He said Compaq had no plans to raise the prices of its Proliant systems. ?We would never put prices up in times of shortage,? he said.
But Julian Neath, managing director of competitor ALR, said his company had been forced to adjust its pricing on its quad SMP systems because of shortfalls. He claimed that ALR?s pricing for its systems was still far below those of competitors, including Compaq.
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