Compaq Unveils the AlphaServer ES45,
Industry's Most Powerful Mid-Range Server
Houston, Texas -- October 16, 2001 -- Building on its ten-year leadership in
64-bit computing, Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ) today introduced the
AlphaServer ES45 system, the industry's most powerful mid-range server.
The new AlphaServer ES45 system includes up to four 1 GHz 64-bit Alpha
processors, and is available with the Tru64 UNIX with TruCluster Servers,
OpenVMS or Linux operating systems. The ES45, which has outperformed its mid-
-range competition in both industry-standard and commercial benchmark tests, is
the only mid-range server available with a full 64-bit 1 GHz processor.
In addition to the AlphaServer ES45, the company also introduced the AlphaServer
SC45 system, a scalable, single-image supercomputer model based on the ES45, and
the availability of new certified configurations based on Tru64 UNIX-based
AlphaServer ES45 systems and Oracle9i Real Application Clusters.
"The delivery and rapid deployment of these systems is another example of how
Compaq is at the heart of providing the industry's most comprehensive IT
solutions for the most advanced, real-time enterprise environments," said Howard
Elias, senior vice president and general manager of Compaq's Business Critical
Solutions Group. "We are intensely focused on the challenges and requirements of
today's marketplace, and our customers and partners have recognized and
experienced the tremendous competitive advantage that Compaq's platforms and
solutions, such as the new ES45, can bring to their businesses."
Among the customers who have purchased the new AlphaServer systems is the
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, which is using 760 ES45 systems with more than
3,000 Alpha processors integrated into an SC45 system for the world's largest
"The AlphaServer SC45 system's increased bandwidth and memory access speed
contributed greatly to our benchmarking results, confirming our decision that it
was clearly the best system for our needs," said Michael Levine, scientific
director, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. "This system brings significant new
research capability to bear on many important problems. While the immediate,
direct beneficiaries will be academic scientists, the benefits will flow to the
country as a whole, in practical ways we can't forecast."
"Compaq continues to provide the highest possible performance at the most cost-
-effective price for our customers," said Rich Marcello, vice president and
general manager of Compaq's High Performance Systems Division. "The enthusiastic
response from customers who have installed these systems is testament to our
ability to provide the industry's highest performing systems to meet the most
demanding application needs."
Delivering the Highest Performance of Any Mid-Range System
With its high performance, demonstrated scalability and high availability, and
leadership clustering capabilities with Tru64 UNIX and OpenVMS, the AlphaServer
ES45 is targeted for users in areas such as high-performance technical
computing, telecommunications, e-business and healthcare.
The AlphaServer ES45 system has demonstrated its power with industry-leading
performances in both industry-standard and commercial benchmarks. In the
industry-standard SPECint_rate2000 integer benchmark, the quad-processor ES45
performed 50 to 75 percent faster than its competitors and more than twice as
fast in the SPECfp_rate2000 floating point performance benchmark. In a single-
-processor SPECfp2000 floating point performance benchmark, the ES45, powered by
a 1 Ghz, 64-bit Alpha processor, performed at more than twice the speed of its
The ES45 systems come with up to four 1 GHz Alpha processors and 32 GB of memory
and offer 8 GB per-second bandwidth and 1.85 GB per-second of I/O bandwidth.
Richard Roach, senior director of ASP market development for SAS Institute,
said, "SAS Institute recently launched IntelliVisor, an ASP service that applies
data mining technology to help online retailers maximize profitability. Memory
access speed is critical to us. We process an enormous amount of data every day,
using the latest data mining technology. The faster I/O bandwidth of the
AlphaServer ES45 will let us iterate the data more often, improving the quality
of the reports we provide our clients."
In clustered configurations, ES45 systems running Tru64 UNIX or OpenVMS deliver
guaranteed 99.999 percent up-time availability for business critical systems
with defined Compaq Services offerings.
The AlphaServer ES45 is already shipping with models starting at $58,000.
AlphaServer SC45: Unparalleled Scalability for High Performance Computing
The AlphaServer SC45 supercomputer can scale up to huge systems that include
thousands of processors delivering multiple TFLOPS (trillions of operations per
second) performance to meet the most demanding compute-intensive research
The SC45 systems, whose single system image provides unparalleled ease-of-use
and manageability, is available with the Tru64 UNIX operating system.
In addition to the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, other large supercomputers
relying on the ES45 include the French Atomic Energy Commission with the largest
supercomputer in Europe, and the Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing
with the largest university supercomputer in Australia.
The AlphaServer SC45 with a base system of 16 Alpha processors and 16 GB of
memory is also available now with prices starting at $899,000.
Oracle9i Real Application Clusters Certified Configurations
Compaq also announced the availability of new Oracle9i Real Application Clusters
Certified Configurations on the Tru64 UNIX-based AlphaServer ES45. The certified
configurations -- which are pre-tuned, fully stress tested, and pre-installed --
will be available in November 2001.
"Oracle9i Real Application Clusters running on Compaq's new ES45 certified
configurations will offer customers impressive scalability and availability,"
said Juan Jones, vice president, Systems Platform Division, Oracle. "These
certified configurations will help customer eliminate complexity, reduce costs
and increase productivity by standardizing their computing environment on
integrated systems from Compaq and Oracle."
Additionally, Compaq with its unique "9 Days Program" pledges that a customer
is guaranteed installation of an Oracle9i Real Application Clusters Certified
Configuration within nine days of receipt of the customer order.
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