While the rest of the world was busy tracking IBM and Cisco in their battle for world domination, HP was quietly making its own move to shore up its base in low-end enterprise hardware.
The company is doing that through a new low-cost version of the NonStop fault-tolerant server, bringing many of the same features available to high-end enterprises, including the multicore Itanium 9100 processor, to the SMB market.
The new NonStop NS2000 is a 2 RU unit available in four- or eight-core configurations with either 8 GB or 16 GB of memory per processor. The servers are fully compatible with high-end NonStops, although they don't scale as high. HP claims that larger enterprises can use the 2000 as a test and development platform and then migrate up to the larger NonStop BladeSystem platform.
The 2000 will still run you a cool $100,000 or so, but that's a fair shade less expensive than the larger systems, which can reach into the millions.