January 18, 2001, 2:09 PM — RATHER THAN WHIP up its own line of servers, MicronPC.com on Monday will begin buying stripped down versions of Hewlett-Packard's entire NetServer line and re-assemble them in Idaho under a co-branded MicronPC.com/HP name.
Boise, Idaho-based MicronPC.com, which spun off from parent company Micron Technology last year and accounts for nearly 60 percent of Micron Technology's total revenues, decided not to develop its own servers in the face of evidence that "qualifying on the server side of the market isn't part of MicronPC.com's value proposition," said Rob Meissner, the company's director of product marketing.
"In our case, it made a whole lot of sense. Our value add is the small and medium business customers, and providing them with a complete solution," instead of shelling out resources on servers, Meissner explained.
While MicronPC.com intends to re-assemble and deploy all of Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP's NetServer line "from top to bottom," Meissner said that come Monday, only three co-branded MicronPC.com/HP servers will be available.
Those servers will be built from the HP NetServer LH6000, a 6-way Intel Xeon processor-powered server designed for enterprise customers, the HP NetServer LPr, a thin, scalable front end network server, and the HP NetServer LC 2000, a dual Intel Pentium III processor-powered server for the specific server tasks of departmental workgroups.
Meissner said MicronPC.com did shop around before deciding upon HP servers, and that what set HP apart from the pack was "the server management solutions, such as HP OpenView and HP Top Tools," which will continue to be packaged as options in the co-branded servers.
MicronPC.com will be the first line of customer service and support for the co-branded servers. "Second level" problems, or those that cannot be resolved by MicronPC.com support, will be transferred to HP service and support personnel working along side the MicronPC.com service rep.