Servers carry two brands, one contact
- By Michelle Speir
- Oct 30, 2000
Under a partnership announced Monday, Micron Electronics Inc. and Hewlett-Packard
Co. will offer a line of co-branded servers called micronpc.com HP NetServer.
In choosing HP, Micron sought to provide customers with a comprehensive
server solution that features a single point of contact.
"We believe this is a great opportunity to offer a much broader product
line than we had before in terms of depth and peripheral support, especially
in the government space," said Robert Meissner, director of product marketing
for Micron. Meissner explained that loyal Micron customers have been urging
the company to expand its server offerings.
Meissner said that of the top-tier server vendors in the market, "What
distinguished HP from the crowd was their management solution," particularly
HP Open View and HP Top Tools.
The server line consists of three new machines that launched Monday
and two more that will launch in November and December. All five will replace
current Micron NetFrame servers, which will continue to be available for
150 to 180 days from now. Support for the current products will continue
for three years and their warranties will be fully supported.
The servers are available directly from micronpc.com. Micron configures
the machines to order and provides technical support. If Micron can't solve
a customer's problem, it shifts the call to HP, which will in turn dispatch
a Unisys field service representative if necessary. However, Micron remains
the single point of contact for the customer.
The high-end server in the line — the HP NetServer LH6000 — replaces
the NetFrame 6200 and features six-way Intel Corp. Pentium III Xeon processors,
8G of memory capacity, 12 hot-swap drive bays and four hot-plug PCI slots.
Meissner said the pricing of the new systems will be "right in line" with
other servers on the market.
Future solutions from the Micron and HP partnership include clustering,
storage-area networks, a terminal server solution and Linux support.