Gateway offers $899 rack-mount server

Gateway Inc. is branding its entry-level Celeron 9115 server as the first 1.75-inch-high rack model with RAID capability for less than $1,000.

As a bonus, the $899 server's entry is tool-less as in most PC chassis, product director Tim Diefenthaler said today.

Intel Corp. recently stopped citing the nominal gigahertz clock rates of processors, so Gateway simply says it uses 'the latest chip sets.'

The 9115 and a $499 9210 tower model are designed for 'the front edge of smaller agency networks, for Web serving or caching,' Diefenthaler said. A Pentium 4 upgrade to either model costs $199.

'These are not souped-up desktops,' he said. They have up to 4G of memory, 80G to 500G Serial ATA drives, and built-in RAID levels 0 and 1 out of the box. The absence of redundant features such as dual processors, hot-swappable drives and power supplies keeps the price low, he said.

The servers come with a choice of Microsoft Windows Server 2003, and Gateway is certifying SuSE Linux for them as a $199 add-on. 'They would be good candidates for Linux clusters,' Diefenthaler said.

The 9110 rack-mount includes one Gigabit Ethernet port and one 10/100-Mbps port, plus a removable CD and floppy drive bay. The 9210 tower accepts two extra Serial ATA or SCSI hard drives for RAID Level 5 backup, optional tape backup and PCI-X expansion slots.

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