Compaq will move to grab market share in the small and medium sized server business when it announces a low-end Proliant server next week.
The 2500 machine, based on the Pentium Pro chip, will come with remote systems management software and is designed to be convertible from a tower-based to a rack-based system. The software, called Integrated Remote Console, is a subset of a high end system the company introduced earlier in the year. The machine will support up to two 200MHz Pentium Pros.
At the same time, Compaq will introduce a set of service and support offerings for the 2500 aimed at helping its resellers. The scheme will include hardware and software services, installation, system healthcheck and a wide range of systems management options.
The company will also introduce a processor board for upgrading Proliant 1500s to Pro technology. Next year it will introduce wide ultra SCSI drives and an optional LCD module for monitoring performance. No prices are yet available.
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