Dell and Micron heavy up their low-end servers

Dell and Micron heavy up their low-end servers

The dual 1.13-GHz Pentium III PowerEdge 1500 SC server from Dell Computer Corp. costs about the same as a desktop PC'$1,399'but has a fast 1-Gbps data bus and hot-plug drives.

That's because Dell is 'on a tear' to capture workgroup server leadership, said Subo Guha, director of enterprise product marketing. Federal buyers get a 6 percent discount on the General Services Administration IT Schedule.

John Pollock, in charge of Dell's enterprise federal segment, said federal buyers 'historically have said cheaper is better' for servers at field and remote sites with few workers. Such sites commonly put their old PCs to work for peer-to-peer networking, he said, but 'they're confronted by the support needed to keep small LANs running' without on-site administrators.

Although the 1500SC tower's price is low-end, it comes with a server motherboard and options for Microsoft Windows 2000, NT 4.0, Red Hat Linux 7.2 or Novell NetWare operating systems.

A hardware monitor automatically reboots the server if the OS freezes.

Federal customers have been 'asking us for redundant drives and power supplies,' Pollock said. A RAID storage array and hot-plug power supplies are optional.

Line it up

In other server news, MicronPC LLC of Nampa, Idaho, which about 18 months ago ceased making its NetFrame servers and turned to co-branding Hewlett-Packard NetServers, late last year started up the NetFrame line again.

Paul Petersen, vice president of marketing and development, said a dual 1-GHz Pentium III NetFrame 3500 with 512M of memory, 133-MHz front-side bus, four 18G hard drives and a dual-channel Ultra-3 SCSI controller would sell for about $4,900. Redundant hot-plug power supplies are optional.

The new NetFrame includes no operating system, but Petersen said Microsoft Windows 2000 Server is the usual choice.

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