HP unveils new Linux servers, support

Hewlett-Packard Co. Monday will unveil new hardware and support for the Linux operating system, aimed at moving telecommunication industry customers from Unix to the open source alternative.

Gearing up for the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo this week in New York, HP will announce two Linux-based “carrier-grade” servers aimed at telecommunication customers for managing wireless networks or hosting networks that converge voice and data.

Both conform with NEBS (Network Equipment Building Standard), a set of telecommunication industry specifications, said David Snow, product marketing manager for carrier-grade servers at HP.

The cc2300 server includes two 1.26GHz Pentium III processors, 6 GB of RAM, two PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) slots and the option of an AC or DC power supply. It measures 1.75 inches (1U, or 4.45 cm) high and 20 inches deep.

The cc3300 is 3.5 inches (2U) high and features the same hardware as the smaller version. Additionally, it has two AC or DC power supplies and six PCI slots. Both use Intel’s 32-bit chips and run version 7.1 of Red Hat Inc.’s Linux distribution.

The two servers will go on sale Feb. 1, but HP said it has no customers to announce yet. Spanish telecommunications giant Telef