Super Micro targets server at small businesses

The SuperServer 5035L-iB mini-tower server is priced at 20 to 30 percent lower than the company's typical enterprise systems

On Monday, server builder Super Micro entered the SME market with a low-cost mini-tower server.

The San Jose-based company joins the ranks of hardware makers Dell, IBM and HP, which, in recent years, have made similar moves to broaden their focus to include smaller businesses. In the UK, BT and HP have both released systems specifically aimed at smaller firms in recent weeks.

While many companies are trying to break into the SME market, the SuperServer 5035L-iB takes account of the price sensitivity of that market and has configurations priced at about 20 to 30 percent lower than the company's typical enterprise systems, with starting prices of $300 to $500 (£195 to £326), the company said.

Super Micro confirmed UK availability of the system to ZDNet UK, but pricing details were not immediately available.

The server is based on Super Micro's X7SLM-L server board, which supports one Intel Core 2 Duo E4000 processor, or an older Pentium or Celeron processor. The board uses Intel's 945GC chipset and two Dimm modules, offering up to 2GB of main SDRAM memory.

Supporting four Sata ports and eight USB 2.0 ports, the board's graphics features include support for Intel's Graphics Media Accelerator 950 graphics engine and a PCI Express x16 graphics connector.

The unit also supports up to four 3.5-inch internal disk drives, two 5.25-inch external bays, and four I/O expansion slots, in a case measuring 7.25 inches by 15.25 inches, Super Micro said. The company said it is planning to offer more configurations of the SuperServer 5035L-iB in the first quarter of 2009.

The SuperServer 5035L-iB takes Super Micro beyond its traditional product range of enterprise-grade systems, including high-performance-computing systems, high-end workstations, storage networks, standalone server installations and, more recently, datacentres.

Other recent SME-orientated product launches include HP's introduction of Suse Linux-based desktop systems earlier this month and BT's launch of Windows Small Business Server 2008 systems in November.