HP bulks up its servers

Hewlett-Packard last week released a compact, 1.75-inch high server for Internet service providers that need to maximize the expensive floor space they have available.

Called the LP 1000R, this server is designed to be used where space is at a premium. The LP 1000R has two 1 GHz Intel Pentium III processors, a 133 MHz front-side bus and 4 G-bytes of memory. It contains a dual-channel Ultra3 SCSI controller and two 10/100 M-bit/sec Ethernet adapters. The unit will serve more than 1 million pages per hour or 1 billion pages per day per rack of servers.

Up to 42 LP 1000R servers can be installed in a single rack. Anecdotal evidence shows that ISPs charge from $1,500 to $1,700 per month for each customer rack maintained by the ISP or stored at a collocation facility.

The LP 1000R includes a remote management card for remote monitoring and competes with servers from Compaq, Dell and Sun.

The LPR 1000R is $4,000 and is available now. It can also be paid for on a " utility pricing " model for companies whose sites experience occasional spikes in traffic. In the utility pricing model, the customer pays according to how often the CPU is used.

A two-processor, 3.5-inch high LP 2000R server that accommodates additional disks and more expansion will be available in March.

These servers replace the LPR server that HP has sold for several years.

This story, "HP bulks up its servers " was originally published by Network World.

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