Compaq adds appliances, more reliable servers

Compaq Computer Corp. has added to its plug-and-play server appliance range, and will this month introduce a high-reliability memory architecture to two models in its ProLiant server range, it announced last month.

New versions of Compaq’s ProLiant DL380 and ML370 servers will feature online redundant spare memory, enabling the servers to continue running in the event of a memory chip failure. The enhanced models will be available globally from July. Pricing will be announced then.

The memory protection feature allows the servers to automatically switch over to a spare memory module if one fails. Replacement of the module, an industry-standard DIMM (dual in-line memory module) can then be carried out in scheduled downtime rather than causing an unexpected failure of the server.

Future ProLiant servers in the 500 and 700 series will allow this replacement to be carried out with the server still running, said Mary McDowell, senior vice-president and general manager of Compaq’s Industry Standard Server Group (ISSG), speaking after a news conference in London.

The company also revealed two new models in its TaskSmart server appliance range, the C4000 for content caching and the W2200 for Web hosting.

The C4000, available in July from US$7,199, uses Inktomi Corp.’s Traffic Server network caching software, Compaq said in a statement. The two companies formed an alliance in March.

The W2200 uses the Apache Web server running on Linux and is immediately available from US$1799.

“It takes about 10 minutes to have an appliance of this kind (the W2200) up and running. They are plug-and-play and they basically install themselves,” said Andreas Knoepfli, vice-president of Compaq ISSG for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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