High-end-server maker Stratus Technologies will take a step into the low-end market Monday when it introduces its first machine using Intel chips and Microsoft's Windows 2000 operating system.
Stratus sells high-end, crash-resistant machines for jobs such as running 911 emergency call systems or ATM networks, where the operators can't afford to have a machine go down. To ensure that its servers are reliable, the company uses carefully tested software and backup hardware components--"redundant" components--that keep running if the primary unit fails.
The new Intel and Windows-based ftServer 5200 will start at $28,000, with typical models costing in the mid-$30,000 range, Kiely said. This price difference will let the company tackle customers looking for affordable systems to handle less-critical jobs such as e-mail. Full story. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News