Gateway's server line, up to now strictly Intel, has admitted AMD to its ranks. It has dual-core 1U, 2U and 3U rack-mounted models to start, promising more to come.
The first boxes, which can field upgrade to quad cores next year - one of the reasons Gateway says it waited - have integrated RAID, Gateway's Lights Out remote systems management and support for both SAS and SATA II hard drives in the same system. An optional remote control K/V/M with media redirect features lets IT managers take full remote control of the servers.
Gateway is aiming them at both SMEs and large concerns and is pushing VMware and Microsoft Virtual Server. It says an integrated memory controller improves VM performance.
The new machines include the mid-range two-processor E-9422R 1U, using AMD's low-end 200 series chips or low-power HE processors. It starts at $1,799. It's I/O optimized with four integrated 10/100/1000 GbE NICs helping with load balancing and distributing the processing and communications. It also supports up to 32GB of ECC DDR2 memory and can storage 3TB of data.
The 2U E-9522R server, which starts at $1,849, accommodates 4.5TB of storage and has five PCI slots. The ultra-dense 3U E-9722R server can have four 8000 Series or HE Opterons and room for 9TB, the highest storage/rack height ratio Gateway has ever offered.
The company claimed enhanced tool-free serviceability and redundant hot-swap fans and power supplies. All models share color-coded components. There's an optional add-on LCD health monitor that plugs into the front of the server and displays its vital statistics.
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