HP Rolls Out Server for Small Business

HP's tc2120 includes performance and power enhancements over the current tc2110 server.

Hewlett-Packard Co. on Monday introduced the newest of its tc2100 line of servers targeted at small and midsize businesses.

The Palo Alto, Calif., companys tc2120 includes performance and power enhancements over the current tc2110 server and bridges the gap between the tc2100 offerings and HPs family of Intel-based ProLiant ML300 servers.

The tc2120 is powered by either a 2.53GHz Pentium 4 chip from Intel Corp., which includes 512KB of on-die cache and a 533MHz front-side bus, or a 1.8GHz Celeron with 128KB of cache and a 400MHz front-side bus.

The tc2110 is powered by a 2.4GHz Pentium 4 with the slower 400MHz front-side bus. Also, the tc2120 has several features similar to HPs ProLiant ML310 and third-generation dual-processor ML350, including the ServerWorks CG SL chip set and up to five 64-bit 33MHz PCI slots.

However, the ML series includes such features as remote lights-out management and smart array controllers.

According to HP officials, the server—which is available now at a starting price of $549—is designed for smaller businesses with tight IT budgets, small workloads like shared Web access or limited and small databases, and a need for a platform they can build upon.

The tc2120 offers flexibility through such avenues as memory and PCI expansion capabilities.

The server can run a variety of operating systems, including Microsoft Corp.s BackOffice Small Business Server 2000, Windows 2000 Server and the upcoming Windows Server 2003. It also will run Red Hat Inc.s Enterprise Linux AS, SuSE Linux and Novell NetWare.

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