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Compaq Rolls Ahead with New Server Offering for SMEs

While Compaq Computer Corp. is in the process of being acquired by Hewlett-Packard Co. , it is not sitting on its laurels when it comes to its server line. Just two days after news that the two PC makers plan to merge rocked the sector, Compaq Wednesday unveiled a deal with Mitel Networks geared at making its ProLiant ML300 server series a more robust solution for small-to-medium enterprise (SME) customers.

Compaq plans to incorporate Mitel's SME Server V5 with ServiceLink with the ProLiant server platform, offering SMEs and remote offices what it calls a "Multifunction Small Enterprise" solution.

Mitel's Linux-based software bundle is a suite of network and security solutions specifically designed from SMEs. Features of the suite include:

  • 24x7 Alerts and Reporting -- Provides round-the-clock monitoring of the on-premises server and the customer's Internet connection
  • Virus Protection -- Automatically downloads virus pattern updates to a server-based virus-scanning engine
  • Guaranteed E-mail -- Provides backup e-mail collection and delivery to protect customers when their ISP links go down or they suffer hardware failure
  • DNS Services -- Provides registration and setup services
  • IPSEC VPN Service -- Provides secure server-to-server VPN connections, eliminating the need to buy special-purpose routers or VPN appliances.

Compaq said the Multifunction Small Enterprise solution is a fully configured hardware and software package that includes applications such as e-mail, file/print sharing, Internet access, firewall, Web hosting and network-delivered services.

"Compaq has listened to our SMB customers and has brought to market a truly integrated solution developed specifically to provide the right performance, features and price point for their growing businesses," said Brad Anderson, vice president Mainstream Servers, Compaq Industry Standard Server Group.

The company plans to aggressively market the solution to SMEs with the help of PC Connection, which began distributing it yesterday at a price point beginning at $1,199.