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HP Refreshes Servers, Thin Clients

By Dan Muse (Send Email)
Posted Mar 15, 2006


As AMD refreshes, so too do the OEMs. On Wednesday, it was HP's turn. The vendor issued a chip upgrade for the ProLiant DL145 G2, DL385, and DL585 rack-mount servers, as well as its BL25p, BL35p, and BL45p blade servers.

Six ProLiant servers get a chip ugrade, and a Geode-powered thin client hits the street.

Starting next Monday, the six servers will be able to perform with a processing speed as high as 2.6 GHz, using AMD's new Opteron processors.

The DL145 G2, DL385, BL25p are now available with the new Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor Model 285. THe DL585 and BL45p will use the new Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor Model 885. The BL35p will use the 68-watt Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor Model 280 SE.

No other changes are being made to the servers at this time, Steve Cumings, Group Manager, ProLiant Opteron Systems, told ServerWatch.

Customers with a need for speed that are currently using the older 2.4 GHz processors can upgrade the chip rather than upgrade the server itself, Cumings said.

The pricing for the servers is unchanged Cumings added. HP uses a "waterfall pricing model" for its servers, so enterprises can buy servers powered by the older chips for a lower price. Cumings noted that processor choice often boils down to the performance per watt an application requires to run effectively.

HP also unveiled a new thin client at this time. The HP Compaq t5720 Thin Client is based on AMD's new Geode NX 1500 processor, which is based on AMD's mobile, low power-consumption Athlon technology.

The t5720 uses the AMD Geode processor, and includes 512 MB of DDR RAM and 512 MB of flash memory, which Tad Bodeman, director of PC Blade and Thin Client Solutions, describes as "hardened against viruses."

The t5720 ships with the Microsoft Windows XP Embedded operating system and includes the HP Sygate Security Agent, which is designed to defend Windows XP Embedded thin clients against worms, Trojan horses, and other malicious code. HP reports it will soon add support for the Symantec Embedded Security Agent with Anti-Virus. HP's new thin client also includes a license for Altiris Deployment Solution, which is designed to let you manage thin clients, desktop PCs, and hand-held devices from a single console.

For additional expansion, an optional PCI slot on the t5720 adds support for more devices, and a front USB connector is designed to allow for more options for connecting peripherals. HP includes a simple Quick Connect connector that's designed to let you attach the t5720 to the side of a desk or any flat surface.

The starting price for the new thin client is $699.

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