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HP adds new midrange models, lowers 3000 hardware price
Hardware introductions ride a wave of software
Software rebates contribute to cost
Measure your 3000's speed with a new performance unit
The announcements at HP World also included the first HP
powered by the PA-8200 RISC processor, currently the
installed on HP business servers. The new Series 989 requires
MPE/iX 5.5 PowerPatch 5 to deliver its 36-percent performance
increase over the Series 979. Down on the low end, a new Series
929 is being offered as the biggest lure yet to draw owners of
older 3000s toward the newer iron.
The new hardware introductions signal the end of sales
the older Series 969 systems without the fat cache
These are known as the Series 969/100, /200, /300 and /400. HP
will stop selling the models as of September 1, realizing the
9x9 product line is too complex to retain all existing
New low-end on 9x9s
HP is calling its new Series 929KS/020 a midrange system, but its priced at just $20,000 for hardware, before adding MPE/iX and databases. Thats $10,000 less than the Series 939/020. HP reports the new system, which uses a PA-7200 processor, is 18 percent faster than a Series 968. HP hopes to use the newest 9x9 system to encourage upgrades from the upper ends of the 9x8 range.
HP said the 929 uses the same PA-7200 processor as the
939 and 969 systems, with its clock speed reduced to 60
969 systems run at 120 MHz and the 939s run at 72 MHz. The new
bottom of the midrange HP 3000s only comes in a
configuration, like its Series 939/020 cousin. But
install board upgrades in a 929 to take it all the way to the
newest Series 989. HP said the upgrade path delivers a
performance increase from the lowest end to the 989s.
A Series 929 with 64 users on MPE/iX and an IMAGE/SQL database will cost $72,717, but only if youre buying one new. Upgrades to this new system will enjoy a special 45-percent rebate off part of that purchase the cost of bundled software. Its evidence that HP has begun to institutionalize the discounts of this springs upgrade promotion.
With the box-swap rebate, the 929/020 will be priced similarly to the 968 price prior to August 1, Snow said, and get a significant performance increase.
The arrival of the Series 929 doesnt signal the
the Series 939, Snow added. We see the 939 as a very
price/performance point within the product line, he
forecasts show significant sales of the 939. The 939
one-third faster than the 929 by HPs measurements. HP
cannibalize the Series 968 with the introduction of the
Newbeefy top-end to midrange
The new Series 989KS comes in 1-, 2-, 4- and 6-way models, using a 200MHz PA-8200 processor, the fastest chip currently powering HP business servers. The long-anticipated Bravehawk, which customers have been asking for all through July, is supposed to offer mainframe-level performance in the midrange form factor, according to HP officials. External I/O card cages, promised last year and now finally arriving for 9x9 customers, will let a 989 site use up to 32 IO slots and 4 IO backplanes.
The system takes its power surge over the the 979s numbers from bigger caches, which are double the size of the 2Mb located off the 979 processors PA-8000 chip. The power ratings of the 989s appear to make HPs case for the system being considered in a mainframe category. HPs newest rankings show all the models of the 989 lineup topping Emerald-class Series 997 models with the same number of processors.
HP reduced the number of IO slots in the 989 because it wanted to create space for two extra processor boards. The new processor boards dont plug into the same space, but they give the 989 a way to provide two more processors than any other system in the 9x9 line.
HP also announced that its extending the number of processors for the 997 Series of HP 3000s, effective with the PowerPatch 5 release of MPE/iX. 5.5. These largest HP 3000s will now accept 6-way and 8-way processor configurations thanks to the new software release. HP reported that its new top-end 997/800 HP 3000s would offer 31 percent more performance than the Series 997/500, the previous top of the lineup.
Our intention for next year is to support 10- and 12-way systems, once we do some tuning in the operating system, Snow said. HP will populate those extra boards with PA-8000 chips, he added
These 12-way versions of the 997 systems will
continue to eke
out a little more performance of the next version of
said. If youre looking for that last little bit
the 997 is going to give it to you. HP will continue
a bit of a premium for the IO expansion in the
future with 99x
systems, he added.