Gateway Readies New Server, Storage Devices

Moves are part of Gateway's strategy to take on a stronger presence in the enterprise.

NEW YORK—Gateway Inc. this summer will release a new four-way server and storage devices as it continues to try and be a larger player in the enterprise space.

The server, which has yet to be named and is due out in August, will be the fifth system rolled out by the Poway, Calif., company since it revived its server business in February, Scott Weinbrandt, general manager of Gateways Systems and Networking Products Group, said in an interview here Wednesday.

The 4U (seven-inch-high) server will feature Intel Corp. Xeon chips ranging in speed from 2GHz to 3.06GHz, a 533MHz front-side bus and 512K of Level 2 cache. The system also will come with Intels Hyper-Threading technology, designed to improve application performance by enabling a single chip to work as two virtual chips.

Other features will include six PCI slots, up to 4GB of PC2100 ECC DDR memory and eight hot-swappable Ultra 320 SCSI hard drives ranging in size from 36GB to 146GB. Integrated 1/00/1000 Ethernet also will be included.

The server will join two tower and two rack-mount servers that Gateway has rolled out in recent months. Weinbrandt said Gateway will not grow its servers beyond four processors, although the company is investigating the possibility of systems running Intels 64-bit Itanium chip.

Also in August, Gateway will roll out an external storage device and a DLT autoloader. Weinbrandt, speaking in a hotel room near the CeBIT America show at the Javitz Center, said that Gateway is working with a partner to build the devices, but declined to say who it was.

The devices will be unique in that they wont be limited to use in any one storage paradigm but could be used in any number of storage scenarios, Weinbrandt said.

"These devices will be multi-functional," he said. "You can use them as a JBOD, a NAS appliance, a SAN appliance..."

Another way that Gateway is looking to differentiate its products is by providing a universal rack that is engineered to accommodate rack-mount servers from Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Computer Corp. He said that those companies build their 19-inch racks with minor physical differences that make it impossible to mount servers from a competitor. Gateway will also offer its servers with rails that fit into HP or Dell proprietary racks, he said.