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By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2003-04-24 Print this article Print

Enterprise systems are one of several initiatives by Gateway to transform itself from simply being a PC maker to being what Chairman and CEO Ted Waitt calls a "branded integrator," a company that can offer customers a mix of Gateway-branded products such as mobile devices and services. In March, Gateway launched two upgraded server lines, the Gateway 960 and 980, which feature the fastest 32-bit processors from Intel Corp., the 3.06GHz Xeon chip that includes a 533MHz front-side bus and Intels hyperthreading technology, designed to increase application performance.
Earlier this month, the company rolled out two rack-mounted servers, the 1U (1.75-inch-high) Gateway 955 and the 2U (3.5-inch-high) 975.
All of Gateways servers are still aimed at the companys traditional customers, the small and midsized businesses as well as educational and government agencies, said Tim Diefenthaler, director of enterprise servers and storage products. Gateway will differentiate itself from competitors such as Dell Computer Corp. by the support and services it offers, Diefenthaler said. For example, all technical support employees are Microsoft-certified engineers, he said. "Weve always been very strong in the consumer business, but were also very strong in our business line," Gencer said. "A lot of small and midsize businesses feel like theyve been forgotten by the larger tier-ones [OEMs] and arent getting the attention they need because theyre not buying a lot of these systems." The Gateway Server Manager is available immediately and will be shipped for free with all new servers. Customers who already have Gateway servers can get the software as a free upgrade, Gencer said. Servers with Windows Server 2003 also are available immediately. Search for more stories on Gateway.
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