Gateway Revamps Server Line for the Enterprise

By Amy Newman (Send Email)
Posted Feb 7, 2005


Gateway announced a revamp of its server line and replaced four servers (the 955, 960, 975, and 980) with three: the 9510 Series, a tower server; the 9315 Series, a 1U rackmount server; and the Gateway 9515 Series, a 2U rackmount server.

Gateway has realigned its server line with three new offerings designed for SMBs and edge computing.

According to Tim Diefenthaler, senior director of server product marketing at Gateway, the new servers bring to the table features not found in other servers in this price range, including tool-less slide rails and an optional DVD or CD-ROM drive. The servers contain the Intel E7520 or E7320 chipsets and Intel Xeon dual processing capabilities. The processors contain an 800 MHz system bus and have HyperThreading technology.

Diefenthaler said the servers are designed to compete with similar products from Dell and HP, noting that Gateway's new offerings have a leg-up in terms of expandability and scalability, and in several cases they come in at a lower price point.

All three servers contain both PCI Express (six slots in the case of the 9515), DDR2 memory, robust graphics capabilities, and increased I/O performance with reduced system latency. The 9510 and 9315 have hot swap drive bay options, and all three systems come with ECC memory, dual redundant fans, and dual redundant power supplies.

The servers also feature ample drive bays, room for additional memory, and two-to-six PCI slots (including PCIe and PCI-X), as well as 64-bit extended memory support through Intel's EM64T Xeon processor technology.

Although all three servers are aimed at the professional space, their varying form factors and components make them ideal for different uses.

The Gateway 9510 Series tower server, for example is ideal for workgroups and small departments. Its pedestal tower chassis with 5U rack conversion option make it well suited for enterprise transaction processing, CRM, database/data mining applications, and computational intensive engineering/research applications, according to the vendor. The flexibility of its internal storage allows for support of up to 10 SCSI hard drives with as much as 3 TB of raw, internal storage or up to six SATA hard drives with up to 2.4 TB of raw internal storage.

The 9510 also boasts greater storage flexibility, providing support for a choice of cost-effective SATA or enterprise-class SCSI hard drives, as well as greater network throughput capability with dual Gigabit Ethernet.

The Gateway 9510 Series replaces the Gateway 960X and 980 Series servers. It is priced starting at $1,199 and is being aimed at SMBs with 100 to 1,500 seats as well as governmental agencies and educational institutions.

The Gateway 9515 Series is a 2U rackmount server designed for a variety of businesses and workgroups where space is a premium. Like the 9510, it is aimed at SMBs, governmental agencies, and educational institutions. The 2U server can be used as a file/print server, a basic application or messaging server, as well as a Lotus Notes server, Web server, Exchange server, or database server.

The 9515 carries a 700W power supply. It also has six PCI slots — three PCI-X slots (100/66/66), two PCIe (x4) and one PCI-X (100), and an optional full-height riser with three PCI-X slots (133/100/100).

The 9515 replaces the Gateway 975 Series server and is priced starting at $1,499.

The Gateway 9315 Series rackmount server is housed in a 1U form factor that can be placed in any standard rack. Unlike its siblings, which have their eye on the SMB space, the 9315 is designed for edge computing applications, particularly those in the high performance computing clustering space, Diefenthaler told ServerWatch.

The 9315 holds up to 12 GB of DDR EEC memory at 333 MHx and offers dual Gigabit Ethernet as well as ample internal storage, supporting three 400 GB SATA drives, for a total of 1.2 TB in raw data storage.

The Gateway 9315 Series replaces the Gateway 955 Series server. It is priced starting at $999.

All three servers are available for immediate purchase but are not scheduled to begin shipping until Thursday, February 10.

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