ProLiant names go under the knife

According to Terry Steer, Compaq Australia's product manager for industry-standard servers, the vendor realigned its ProLiant servers into capacity and performance-specific naming categories in an attempt to provide a clearer purchasing choice for customers working in a "24x7 business environment".

Steer said the ProLiant servers had been divided into the DL series, designed to handle high-density server traffic, and the ML series, designed to handle applications requiring maximum storage space.

The servers would also be renumbered according to specifications, he said. Depending on processing speed, hard drive capacity and other specifications, servers would fall into the 300, 500 or 700 series, he said.

Effective immediately, Compaq said the Pentium III, 64-bit ProLiant 800 and Prosignia 740 servers would be named the "ProLiant ML350" (available in 600MHz or 733MHz, 128 MB, M1). The ML350 would be priced at $5895 or $7395, depending on specs, Compaq said.

The ProLiant 1600 will now be called the ProLiant ML370. The ML370, which Compaq said is designed to operate as an infrastructure or application server for companies of all sizes with remote workgroups, is equipped with a Pentium III processor with 133MHz system bus, dual peer 64-bit PCI bus architecture and 133MHz ECC SDRAM. The 128MB ML370 can hold up to 182GB of total internal storage and comes with either 667MHz or 733MHz, priced at $5995 or $6895, respectively.

The ProLiant ML530 will be the new name given to the ProLiant 3000. According to Compaq, the ML530 is suited to companies running complex Web and remote site applications. It supports one or two 800MHz Pentium III Xeon processors with 133MHz side bus and 133MHz ECC SDRAM. The ML530 is capable of up to 218.4GB of internal storage and is priced from $9495, the vendor said.

The ProLiant DL380 will replace the ProLiant 1850R. The DL380 has a Pentium III processor with 133MHz system bus, dual peer 64-bit architecture and 133MHz SDRAM, Compaq said. The 733MHz, 128MB DL380, which has up to 4GB of memory, starts at $6595.

Compaq also announced its NeoServer server range this week, which Steer said would be targeted specifically at small businesses not requiring additional networking infrastructure or configuration.

He said that all Compaq servers would be renamed by the first of June.

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