Compaq targets RISC with new servers

Compaq introduced new Pentium Pro servers to compete with RISC processor servers.

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Compaq Computer today introduced the Compaq ProLiant 5000, a powerful Pentium Pro multiprocessor server line that will compete directly with the RISC-processor server camp, including Digital Equipment's Alpha-processor series and IBM's RS/6000.

The ProLiant 5000 6/166 uses four 166-MHz Pentium Pro processors and is intended for computing environments that, for example, use database software running on the Windows NT Server 4.0. The servers are designed for large file consolidation, and the rack-mounted models of the 5000 make server centralization in the data center easier to manage, Compaq said.

Prices for the Proliant start at just under $12,000 but can reach well beyond $100,000 in feature-packed configurations. The servers are slated to ship at the end of June.

Compaq also introduced the ProSignia 300 5/150, a workgroup file-print server that uses the 150-MHz Intel Pentium processor at prices starting at $2,950.