HP targets mid-market

Server prices coming down, vendor says

Hewlett-Packard has released a new version of its NonStop fault-tolerant servers for mid-size businesses.

The NonStop servers, developed by Tandem Computers and acquired by HP through its 2002 Compaq acquisition, are fault-tolerant systems designed to run mission-critical, transaction-processing workloads. While they have traditionally been targeted at, and priced for, the high-end market, HP is hoping to drive new growth in mid-size businesses, particularly in the healthcare, financial and telecommunications industries, which can have high-availability needs similar to larger companies, but lack the same budgets.

HP’s new Integrity NonStop NS1,000 Server is based on the Intel Itanium 2 processors and supports two to eight processors. The servers currently run on Intel’s “Madison” chip, but will also soon support Intel’s dual-core “Montecito” chip.

HP says it saved costs building the new system by using hardware components from its existing Unix-based servers. The move was spurred by HP chief executive Mark Hurd’s push to drive more joint development across business units, says HP spokesman Craig Wagner.

Pricing for the HP Integrity NonStop NS1,000 servers starts at US$85,000 (NZ$135,000) per processor.

This compares to HP’s higher-end NonStop servers, which boast more processor speed and configurability, which start in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and scale into the millions.

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