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Dell shows small business servers

Low-cost systems don't require advanced IT skills

Dell this week will announce two new servers targeted at small businesses and home office users. The tower-configured servers are designed to be easily configured without requiring advanced IT skills, the company said.

The lower-priced SC420 is a single processor server based on either a 2.8GHz, 3.4GHz, or 3.6GHz Pentium 4 processor, or a 2.53GHz Celeron chip. The 420 will ship with either the Windows or Red Hat Linux operating systems, and will support as much as 4GB of memory.

Dell will also announce a dual-processor Xeon-based server called the SC1420 that will support Intel's latest 64-bit capable Xeon processors. It will be available with Xeon chips clocking between 2.8GHz and 3.4GHz and will support as much as 8GB of memory.

The servers, which have actually been available on Dell's website since early October, will come with standard one-year support contracts, but Dell will also announce a number of extended service options that will allow customers to purchase 24 by 7 telephone or even on-site support.

The SC420 will have a starting list price of £299. The SC1420 starts at £499.

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