HP promises a V2500 server with downtime of five minutes per year

Hewlett-Packard Co. has replaced its HP Visualize Model C240 graphics workstation with
the Visualize C360, which does mechanical computer-aided design processing up to 77
percent faster, according to HP officials.


The 367-MHz PA-8500 RISC chip in the C360 does better branch prediction and has 1.5M of
four-way associative on-chip cache, said Barry Crume, product marketing manager for the HP
Workstation Systems Division.


A $22,365 configuration includes HP Visualize-EG graphics, 256M of RAM, a 4G hard
drive, a 21-inch monitor, and the HP-UX 10.20 or HP-UX 11 operating system. With a $7,990
upgrade board, users can convert earlier HP C240 workstations to C360 models.


Hewlett-Packard also announced a 128-way technical server running HP-UX 11 on the
64-bit PA-8500 RISC chip. The full 128-way V2500 configuration will be available in
midyear.


HP has promised 99.95 percent uptime for the V2500 server. By the end of 2000, company
officials said, V-Class servers will have 99.999 percent uptime—meaning they are down
less than five minutes per year.


Contact Hewlett-Packard at 800-752-0900.

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