HP packs Xeon in ProLiant server

Hewlett-Packard is launching three updated versions of its dense ProLiant servers, including one that runs Intel's new Xeon MP chip. The rack-mounted ProLiant DL320 and DL360 servers and the updated ProLiant DL580 are based on technology inherited from Compaq Computer, which merged with HP last year.

The DL580 uses the latest Xeon MP chip and can increase application performance by 26 percent over previous versions of the machine, according to HP. The Xeon MP, formerly code-named Gallatin, is smaller and faster than the previous generation of Xeon MP chips and features more high-speed cache memory. The DL580 also features a memory subsystem that keeps working even if some memory chips fail. The subsystem can be repaired without turning off the computer.

The new DL580 machines are available now and cost $7,199. The DL320 uses Intel's 2.26GHz Pentium 4 processor and is set to ship in mid-December for $1,449. The DL360, designed for space-constrained data centers and for applications such as Web hosting, also will be available in mid-December, for about $2,599.

The new servers are designed to take advantage of the latest HP technology to remotely control machines and to enhance memory. HP added that it was responding to customer demand for machines that can do more for less money.

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News source: ZDNet

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