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HP Server Bundle Offers SMB Value

Many small to midsize businesses rely on inexpensive, base-model server appliances for their business needs. However, upgrading the appliances or expanding their functionality can be difficult, so they are often not the best option for growing companies.

Hewlett-Packard addresses these needs with a server bundle that combines an HP ProLiant ML110 server with Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard Edition software and offers a scalable, highly functional and easily upgradable solution.

Inside the ProLiant's space-saving tower case is a 2.8EGHz Intel Pentium 4 processor. The E designates that the processor is a Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processor, which supports hyperthreading. The processor can also support up to 4 Gbytes of dual-channel DDR400 (PC3200) memory, though 256 Mbytes is standard. The tower chassis features three external 5.25-inch drive bays, a 3.5-inch external floppy drive bay and an internal hard-drive bay. The motherboard's five I/O slots include three 64-bit, 66MHz 3.3-volt PCI-X slots and two 32-bit, 33MHz 5-volt PCI slots. A Broadcom 5705 PCI Gigabit NIC that supports 10/100/1000 Ethernet with Wake On LAN is built into the motherboard. The case opens easily for servicing and provides extra space for hardware upgrades. Overall, the server runs very quietly, a strong feature for small businesses.

At A Glance
COMPANY: Hewlett-Packard

CITY, STATE: Palo Alto, Calif.
PHONE: 1-800-282-6672
DISTRIBUTORS: Arrow, Avnet, Ingram Micro, Synnex, Tech Data
TECH RATING: Five stars

Note: Vendors can earn up to five stars for technical merit and five for their channel program. If the average of these two scores is four stars or greater, the product earns Test Center Recommended status.

The ProLiant ML110 server bundle is perfect for SMBs that need a general-purpose file, print and fax server without the enterprise-level hardware, such as SCSI controllers, redundant power supplies and multiple processors, that are included in most comparable servers. The ML110 can also function as a Web server or can be used for database storage. The server bundle costs $1,675, which is a tremendous value as Microsoft's Small Business Server software alone costs $599. SMBs would be hard-pressed to find a better deal on a server.

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