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Hitachi to roll out servers

Hitachi will release server computers for the first time in the United States this June.

Hitachi will release server computers for the first time in the United States this June, the company said today.

The servers will be based on Intel Pentium II processors and boast "mainframe class" features, according to a prepared statement.

The high end of the server line will be target usage in large corporations, or so-called "enterprise" applications, including data warehousing based on Microsoft's Windows NT 4.0 operating system.

In the June time frame, Intel is expected to announced its Xeon line of "Slot 2" Pentium II processors, which will run at speeds of 400 MHz and higher. Intel is also expected to offer the core silicon building blocks for high-end servers and workstations.

The Hitachi servers can be upgraded in all critical areas to extend their useful life, including processor, hard disk, and network subsystem upgrades, Hitachi said.

Preconfigured servers will be offered such as ready-to-go Internet servers.

Hitachi has been marketing PC servers in the Japanese market for more than six years.