On Monday, the Round Rock, Texas, company said its new PowerEdge 400 SC server would come with preinstalledsoftware and would cost around $1,000.
Dell joins industry bigwigs Hewlett-Packard and IBM in targeting the growing small and midsize business segment. Earlier this year, Big Blue expandedwith its WebSphere software and Global Services products and services, which it generally reserves for larger customers. HP, too, has unveiled .
Small companies typically have between one and 1,000 employees, and consequently buy fewer PCs and sign up for fewer information technology services than their larger competitors. But the sheer number of smaller businesses amounts to a large market. Research firm IDC has predicted that this segment will account for 53 percent of the growth in IT spending this year.
The PowerEdge 400 SC server comes packaged with the Windows Server 2003 operating system and with Exchange Server 2003 messaging software. Dell is also offering the business server package across its line of PowerEdge SC and selected PowerEdge tower servers.