Hewlett Packard has launched six new servers, including off-the-shelf server clustering capabilities for Linux.
The XC3000 and XC6000 are designed to meet the needs of a growing Linux user base and deliver more resilience than manually clustered server farms built up over time.
The XC6000 cluster is based on the Integrity rx2600, and the XC3000 cluster on the Proliant family. The standard offerings are available with up to 512 processors and feature high-speed interconnects from Quadrics and Myricom.
Other new releases fill the mid-range gap in HP's Itanium-based Integrity range.
Integrity four-way rx4640, eight-way rx7620 and 16-way rx8620 servers will be available at start prices of €13,884, €21,902 and €65,538 respectively (£9,508, £14,999 and £44,877).
The first in a new low-end set of the Proliant range will also be available from mid November, but no price details are currently available. The DL140 is specifically aimed at the basic file and print needs of small to medium sized businesses.
Resellers are welcoming the expansion of HP's server offerings. Tony Lock, senior analyst at Bloor Research, stated that HP is "the most recognised brand name for servers in the SME market in particular".
Andrew Wright, Intel general manager for UK HP servers reseller Specialist Computer Centre, said: "The new HP servers increase choice both at entry level and the mid-to-high end.
"The DL140 is a welcome introduction to our customer base. Combining the lowest priced rack-mount server from HP with functionality gives our customers a compelling solution."
Ian Sears, system consultant for UK network reseller, Trans European Technology agreed.
He said: "The additions to the Integrity range will be good for those who needed something more powerful and scalable for large-scale applications.
"And there has been quite a high demand for low-density servers - the DL140 can be used for management tasks. In general, I don't seem to find it difficult convincing customers to buy HP."
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