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Asus releases servers to provide value-rich solutions for small to medium-size enterprises. Both models support Ultra SCSI hard drives and hyper-threading processors.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  July 13, 2003

ASUSTeK has introduced the AP1710 server series, incorporating a dual-Intel Xeon processor architecture on 533MHz FSB, Gigabit LAN and Ultra160 SCSI/ATA 133 hard disk drive. Asus hopes the AP1710 series will be a cost-effective and high-performance solution.

The AP1710 series comes equipped with six 3.5-inch bays for hot-swappable hard drives and the ASUS BP6LS-AS35 SCSI back panel. The series includes two models. The AP1710-I5 implemented the ASUS PCI-SCU3 dual-channel Ultra160 SCSI card (LSI53C1010R chip) while the AP1710-S5 adopted the ASUS PXL-S30 dual-channel Ultra320. Based on their needs, users can choose either to utilise SCSI hard disk drives or the ASUS BBATA2U3-AR35 IDE-to-SCSI bridge to provide hot-swappable functions to IDE hard drives.

Implementing such a design, the AP1710 series blends IDE hard drives’ reasonable cost and the SCSI interface’s high performance, fault tolerance and stability to offer flexible hard disk management. For superior expandability, it can be easily upgraded to a 19-inch, 5U rack mount server as well.

Asus claims that the combination of the dual-processor architecture and Intel’s Hyper-Threading Technology enhances the performance of the AP1710 series to a level that is comparable to those systems with four processors but without the extra cost. Furthermore, with Intel’s 82540 Gigabit Ethernet built-in, it offers excellent networking capability with data transfer up to 1,000Mbps right out of the box.

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