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Inter@ctive Week: Compaq Serves Up A Hot Box [ProLiant 300 Review]

Mar 09, 2000, 18:21 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James E. Gaskin)


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"Tired of servers that burn up, break down, run out of horsepower or are too cramped for more disk drives? The ProLiant 3000 server from Compaq Computer takes care of those problems, plus adds redundant hot-swappable drives and power supplies, along with intelligent software management. If this were a vehicle, it would be a Ferrari that can go off-road with four-wheel drive while able to carry 5 tons and tow 10 more, all with a zero-to-60 time of five seconds."

"SmartStart software eliminates guesswork for initial configuration and operating system installation. Custom installation software supports all versions of Microsoft Windows NT and 2000, Novell NetWare versions 3.x and up, SCO UnixWare 7 and OpenServer 5, IBM OS/2 Warp servers and Citrix Systems WinFrame. Sun Microsystems Solaris and Red Hat Linux OS support is promised."

"Compaq's SmartStart bootable CD provides more hand-holding and comfort for new server owners than any desktop PC pressed into server duty. This shows just one area in which Compaq adds value beyond the extra cost of the high-performance hardware. A progress bar across the bottom of the screen remains on screen through the process, showing all the steps for the installation with a green bar advancing as steps are completed. Even in the numerous automatic reboot sequences, the ProLiant puts status information on the screen, so installers will always know what's going on."

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