Compaq has today launched its new 8-way Proliant 8000 and 8500 servers aimed at ISPs and application service providers (ASPs).
In a teleconference today, Enrico Pesatori, vice president and group general manager of Compaq’s enterprise solutions and services group, said the ASP and ISP markets represent a significant growth area for the company.
The combined value of the ISP and ASP markets worldwide are expected to grow from $7.85 billion today to $27.2 billion by next year, according to Forrester Research.
Datamonitor forecasts that revenue generated by ASPs worldwide will jump from $820 million in 1999 to $5.1 billion in 2001. (see today's story)
Pesatori said that Compaq is also hoping to take the number one position in the ASP, ISP server market away from the current leader, Sun Microsystems.
"Our 8-way Proliant servers deliver superior scalability, reliability, and availability, and match the server performance of market rival Sun at one-third of the cost," he said.
Mary McDowell, vice president and general manager, of Compaq’s Industry standard server division added: "Just as Compaq defined the PC server economic value model 10 years ago with the Systempro server, today Compaq is bringing a new economic value to enterprise customers, ISPs and ASPs," she said.
"Compaq and Intel co-developed the new 8-way Profusion Symmetric Multi-Processor (SMP) architecture to provide new levels of power across a broad range of applications. Together, we are driving the whole industry forward by making this architecture available to other server manufacturers."
Prices for the 8-way Proliant servers range from $20,000 to $80,000 for configured systems. Shipment dates are expected shortly.
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