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Gateway Fills Out Server Line

Gateway filled out its server line Tuesday with a new RAID 5 rack-mount server aimed at midsized businesses, continuing the company's retrenchment from a strictly consumer-oriented company into one that aims to offer solid enterprise products.

The 9415 is designed for data intensive applications such as a database or Web server and can scale to ERP and CRM applications. The new machine runs on 64-bit Intel Xeon(TM) processors with an 800MHz front-side bus and the availability of 1MB or 2MB L2 cache; it sports three hot-swap SCSI drive bays enabling RAID 5 functionality, combined with a slim-line optical drive and up to 900GB(1) of storage. The server is priced starting at $1,199. The company also rolled out a new storage product; the Gateway 840 Serial ATA SAN offers Fibre Channel connectivity and scales up to 4.8TB(1) in a 2U chassis beginning at $4,449.

The 9415 can run a range of server operating systems, including Microsoft's full lineup of server suites, and is certified for Novell's NetWare 6.5, Red Hat Linux Enterprise 3.0 and 3.0 EM64T, and SUSE Linux Enterprise 9.0 and 9.0 EM64T.

Tim Diefenthaler, Gateway's senior director of server product marketing, said the 9415 is designed to fit a variety of needs at companies with 100 or more seats and fills the last remaining gap in Gateway's server portfolio.

"This has ben a void in our lineup for the past couple of years," Diefenthaler said. "We saw the need for a machine in the low-end space that could compete against Unix solutions. Companies are becoming more interested in running Linux or Windows at the entry level, and this is a perfect way to do that."

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