Gateway Rolls Out Pair of Entry-Level Servers

Gateway targets the single-processor systems at SMBs running such tasks as e-mail, Web serving and file-and-print.

Gateway Inc. on Tuesday is rounding out its server lineup with the addition of two entry-level, single-processor systems.

The rack-optimized Gateway 9115 is a 1U (1.75-inch) system that features Intel Corp.s Pentium 4 chip with an 800MHz front-side bus, up to 4GB of memory, two integrated network ports and a dual-port serial ATA RAID controller. Pricing for the 9115, which supports Windows Server 2003, starts at $899.

The Poway, Calif., company also is rolling out the 9210, a tower system powered by the Pentium 4 with many of the same features as the 9115, as well as three hard drive bays and a toolless chassis for easy access to internal components. The system, which is replacing the 920, will start at $499, said Scott Weinbrandt, senior vice president of Gateways Professional products.

Both servers, which are available immediately, target small and midsized businesses and workgroups running such tasks as e-mail, Web serving and file-and-print.

With the new systems, Gateway now offers three tower systems and four rack-optimized servers, ranging from one to four processors. Weinbrandt said the company is positioning the new entry-level systems so that the cost is not an issue.

"We think the products are good, solid, competitive, and we want to take price out of the equation," he said.

Gateway is undergoing another transformation after its $290 million purchase in March of eMachines Inc. The acquisition has led to the closing of its retail stores, a management shake-up, about 4,000 layoffs and a re-evaluation of its product lineup.

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The changes are being led by ex-eMachines CEO Wayne Inouye, who has taken over the same position at Gateway. Founder and former CEO Ted Waitt is staying on as chairman. Weinbrandt said Gateway is still determining the direction of its server lineup, but added that its enterprise product offerings have shown promise and that the company will focus on its servers, storage products and networking offerings throughout 2004. According to officials, the Enterprise Systems Division rolled out more than two dozen products in four categories last year, and more than half of Gateways revenue came from its Professional products and services.

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