The Dell PowerEdge 500SC is priced with this market in mind. Starting at $699 per server, it offers customers "the power of a server at the price of many entry-level desktop computers," according to Dell.
The PowerEdge 500SC is a single-processor server based on industry-standard technology. It features ServerWorks' ServerSet LE 3.0 chipset, which supports either a 1 GHz Intel Pentium III processor or an 800 MHz Celeron processor.
"By offering a true server at this price, customers won't need to risk using a desktop computer for their server solutions," said Randy Groves, vice president and general manager of Dell's Enterprise Systems Group in a prepared statement.
"Our PowerEdge SC line of servers reinforces Dell's commitment to deliver affordable and powerful solutions for the small business market," Groves added.
The PowerEdge 500SC offers up to 2 GB of RAM and 180 GB of storage. Its five PCI slots, including support for two 64-bit/66 MHz PCI slots, make the product even more scalable, as they enable users to attach high-performance peripherals.
The PowerEdge 500SC also features an embedded high-performance Intel 10/100 Ethernet network interface card to help reduce bottlenecks and improve availability. IDE and SCSI internal tape back-up drives are also available.
The PowerEdge 500SC was designed with easy deployment and management in mind. Dell offers factory installation of Microsoft operating systems and Dell Server Assistant. The server also includes embedded features, such as temperature, fan, and voltage monitoring, as well as a hardware monitor that automatically reboots the system should the operating system fail. Online and telephone customer support is available.
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