HP unveils 32-way Net server

HP's NetServer is designed for as many as 32 Intel Pentium III Xeon processors, as many as 64GB of RAM, and as many as 96 PCI slotsl. Despite this, an 8-way configuration of the server is the most popular version, said Duane Zitzner, the president of HP Computing Systems.

Preliminary benchmarking of an 8-way NetServer produced results showing the system can handle as many as 32,000 mail users while running Windows Exchange 2000, which will be the most popular application running on the server in the first six months of availability, Zitzner said.

HP and Microsoft will team up to provide support for users of the new hardware/software solution, with engineers from both companies staffing an around-the-clock, Redmond-based support center.

HP will also offer creative financing for the new server in the form of a payment plan that can be modified depending on changes in the business environment. Specific details of the payment plan and the price of the new server have not been announced yet.

The HP NetServer will run HP-UX, Linux, and Windows operating systems, Zitzner stated, reiterating what he called "HP's commitment to a three operating system strategy."

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