Dell Two-Way Server Targets Small Biz

Dell Computer Corp., the world's fifth-largest server vendor, on Monday introduced a dual-processor system for small- and medium-sized businesses, the PowerEdge 1500SC.

Dell Computer Corp., the worlds fifth-largest server vendor, according to a new survey, on Monday introduced a dual-processor system for small- and medium-sized businesses, the PowerEdge 1500SC.

The system features the HE-SL chip set developed by ServerWorks Corp., which supports up to two 1.13GHz Pentium III processors, provides six PCI buses, one 32-bit/33MHz and two 64-bit/66MHz, and supports up to 4GB of SDRAM, delivering 2.1G bps of memory bandwidth at 5 watts.

The PowerEdge 1500SC comes standard with ECC memory and hot-plug hard drives, and offers optional support for advanced RAID and hot-plug, redundant power supplies.

The system also feature temperature, fan and voltage monitoring, as well as a hardware monitor that automatically reboots the system should the operating system fail.

Customers can choose to have one of three operating systems preinstalled: Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 or Red Hat Linux 7.2.

Prices for the server start at $1,499, but vary depending on the configuration.

According to a study released last week, Dell, of Round Rock, Texas, was the worlds fifth-largest server vendor based on revenue during the third quarter of this year. The report by Gartner Dataquest Inc. showed the company sold about $694 million worth of systems in the three-month period.

Overall, IBM retained its hold as the worlds largest server vendor with $3.3 billion in sales during the quarter, according to the study. Compaq Computer Corp. came in second, followed by Sun Microsystems Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co.