SGI updates its four-way Pentium Xeon server in a slim new design

SGI updates its four-way Pentium Xeon server in a slim new design

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

The height of SGI's 1450 Xeon server makes it possible to stack nine units in one 19-inch rack.

SGI has updated its four-way Pentium III Xeon server with a faster chip set and a slimmer chassis. The new SGI 1450 server accepts up to four 700-MHz Intel Xeon processors and up to 8G of synchronous dynamic RAM, product manager Scott Fitzpatrick said.

The four processors and five SCSI drives fit into a chassis that is 4U, or seven inches, high, Fitzpatrick said. Up to nine of the servers can fit in a standard rack mounting.

A four-way Xeon predecessor, the SGI 1400, had 550-MHz processors in a unit 7U, or 12.25 inches, high. Five of those units fit in a rack.

The SGI 1450 has eight PCI slots, three hot-swappable power supplies and six cooling fans. It also has a new operating system installation strategy, Fitzpatrick said.

Half for Linux

SGI gave buyers of the 1400 a choice of preinstalled Microsoft Windows NT or Red Hat Linux from Red Hat Inc. of Durham, N.C. The company found that customers' choices split about evenly between the two operating systems, Fitzpatrick said. He said he expects a larger percentage of future buyers to choose Linux.

Those who don't want a preinstalled OS can use Linux distributions other than Red Hat's, and SGI will support 17 different Linux distributions, Fitzpatrick said.

All the 1450 servers come with SGI's ProPack for Linux, a set of open-source tools for file and print serving, database serving and other enterprise tasks.

The SGI 1450 starts at $7,766 and is not yet discounted on General Services Administration Information Technology schedule.

Contact SGI Federal at 301-572-3287.

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