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Final Refresh Of AlphaServers

Hewlett-Packard will give its channel partners and customers the chance to say hello to the last of the AlphaServer line and welcome the latest EVA storage array at the HP World conference in Chicago this week.

The AlphaServers, a high-end server line inherited by HP with its Compaq acquisition, will be missed, said Carl Wolfston, director of Headlands Associates, a Pleasanton, Calif.-based HP solution provider.

"I will miss the Alphas," Wolfston said. "But the joke now is, just look at Sun [Microsystems]. They're doing the same thing with their servers."

Wolfston said he hopes HP will at least carry through on earlier plans to port the AlphaServer's VMS operating system to the Itanium platform, but he has yet to see any movement in this direction. "It's the best OS around," he said. "It's rock-solid."

HP is bumping up the performance of its GS1280 server with the new 1.3GHz EV7z processor, and doing the same with its ES47/80 server via the new 1.15GHz EV7 CPU, said Don Jenkins, vice president of marketing for HP's business critical systems. Prices for current members of the AlphaServer family will have processor and memory price cuts of up to 40 percent, he said.

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