MicronPC is adding to its line of servers

MicronPC LLC is expanding its NetFrame server line after it stopped reselling Hewlett-Packard NetServers late last year, said Alex Smith, the Nampa, Idaho, company's marketing manager.

Some federal users buy NetFrame servers without a network operating system, Smith said, but most request Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows NT 4.0, although Microsoft Corp. is now retiring NT.

The NetFrame 3550 is built to order with one or two 1- to 1.4-GHz Pentium III processors, up to 6G of RAM, up to 10 hot-swap bays for 720G of storage, redundant hot-swap power supplies and a remote management controller that wakes the server from power standby. The 3550 starts at $2,199 in a tower chassis convertible to rackmount configuration with a change of bezel.

Smith said agency buyers still seem satisfied with the NetFrame's 10/100-Mbps connectivity. 'They're interested in Gigabit Ethernet, but it's not yet a hard requirement,' he said.

Two thin-profile NetFrame servers have one or two Pentium III processors. The thinner server can stack up to 42 units high.

The 1.75-inch-high NetFrame 1500 accepts up to 6G of two-way-interleaved memory. It can act as a head unit for storage area networks or Web services. It comes standard with an onboard RAID controller plus either three hot-swap bays for 15,000-rpm Ultra160 SCSI drives or two cold-swap IDE drive bays. There are two 64-bit PCI slots.

With one 1-GHz CPU, a 20G IDE drive and 256M of RAM, the NetFrame 1500 lists for $1,699.

The slightly thicker NetFrame 2500 stacks up to 21 high and can have up to 6G of memory. Seven hot-swap Ultra160 SCSI drive bays and six 64-bit PCI slots are included.

With one 1-GHz CPU, an 18G Ultra160 SCSI drive and 256M of RAM, the NetFrame 2500 costs $2,199.

Contact MicronPC at 888-224-4247.

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