In servers, Gateways refresh of its two-way 960 system is designed to bring redundancy features to small and mid-sized businesses and workgroups, according to Weinbrandt. The 960X includes dual Xeon chips from Intel Corp., plus four hot swappable drives, optional redundant power supplies and six PCI slots. The 5U (8.75-inch) 960X, which starts at $1,399, also supports Microsoft Corp.s Windows 2000 Server, Server 2003 and Small Business Server 2000 operating systems, as well as Red Hat Inc.s Linux as a custom install option. The system can come in a rack-mounted or pedestal configuration.Right now, Gateway customersmost of whom run 32-bit applications on systems powered by Intels 32-bit Xeon chipsare not hurrying to 64-bit computing, Weinbrandt said. Most of the migration to Itanium is coming from enterprises running other 64-bit systems, such as SPARC/Solaris, he said. Later demand will come from those with 32-bit environments, although Intel will have to offer greater 32-bit capabilities in Itanium before there is mass adoption, he said. With the release of Itanium 2 6M in June, Intel is offering a 32-bit emulation layer, although the performance of 32-bit applications on Itanium is not as good as on Xeons. Weinbrandt also reiterated that Gateway would not move into the eight-way space, a niche area that Dell Inc. recently abandoned. Demand for such systems is low, and with Intels Hyper-Threading technology on its Xeon MPs, "youre virtually looking at eight-way servers [with four-processor systems] anyway, to applications that can take advantage of that."
Weinbrandt said that Gateway rounded out much of its product line with the launch earlier this month of its four-way 995 system, and boosted its support capabilities through a partnership with IBM Global Services. Still, he hinted at future server announcements later this year beyond refreshing the six systems already in the product line. He said the Poway, Calif., company is looking into blade technology and probably will come out with an Itanium-based system when demand and support for Intels 64-bit chip grow.