Responding to new low-end offerings
from competitors such as Compaq
today rolled out two new low-cost Pentium Pro-based servers to
round out its Prioris line.
The Prioris MX 6200 is targeted for use as an email server, or Internet or
intranet server, while the Prioris XL 6000 is being positioned as a file and
print server; Digital says both are priced below similar, competing
With both new systems, Digital is including its ServerWorks software for
simplifying management of networks and remote servers. Internal hardware
monitoring is also an option; for example, the MX 6200's fans, power
supplies, CPUs, memory and disk system can be monitored
through Digital's Intelligent Server Management software.
Digital says the new lines come with 200-MHz Pentium Pro processors with
256KB on-chip cache. The MX 6200 is also available in a dual processor
version, and adds integrated 32-bit graphics and hot-pluggable drives that
can be replaced on the fly.
Other standard features include Wide-Ultra SCSI controllers, which allows
for data transfer rates up to 40 MB per second. The original SCSI standard
for interfacing between a computer and devices such as hard disk drives or
printers allows for data transfer rates up to only 5 MB per second.
Also included: a built-in 10/100 Ethernet network controller and a 12X
CD-ROM drive. Both systems can be clustered for data backup purposes using
Digital Clusters for Windows NT.
Digital says the new servers will be available this month, with street
prices for the XL 6000 starting in the
mid-$2,000 range. The MX 6200 is expected to have an estimated street price
in the mid-$3,000 range.