Dell Rolls Out Two Low-Cost Servers

Dell launches two new entry-level small business servers.

Dell Computer Corp. on Monday introduced two new low-cost servers, the single-processor PowerEdge 600SC designed to handle simple tasks such as file-and-print sharing tasks, and a more robust two-way PowerEdge 2600, powered by dual Intel Xeon chips, thats capable of running small-scale database applications.

Prices for the PowerEdge 600SC start at $599 for a system equipped with a single 1.7GHz Intel Celeron chip, and $799 for configurations featuring 1.8GHz processors. The entry-level server can be configured with up to 4GB of double-date-rate (DDR) SDRAM, integrated Gigabit Ethernet, a RAID controller, and as many as four 120GB hard drives.

Dell, based in Round Rock, Texas, is targeting the 600SC at small businesses seeking to migrate applications and Web serving from a desktop PC-based network to a more advanced client-server architecture.

For companies seeking greater expandability as well as the capability to handle more compute-intensive business applications, Dell on Monday introduced the two-way PowerEdge 2600, priced starting at $1,999. The system can be powered by up to two 2.4GHz Intel Xeon processors and can accommodate up to 6GB of DDR SDRAM.

Additional features of the 2600 include room for eight hot-plug SCSI drives that can accommodate up to 584GB of internal storage, optional embedded RAID controller with 128MB battery-backed cache, hot-plug redundant power and cooling to assure greater uptime, and six 64-bit PCI-X expansion slots.

Dell recommends the 2600 as a database platform for up to 10 users, or as an application server for up to 50 clients, or as a file-and-print sharing system for supporting up to 100 users.

The 600SC and 2600 can be ordered with Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, Microsoft 2000 Small Business Server and Red Hat Linux software. The 2600 can also be configured with Windows 2000 Advanced Server.

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