SMB server sector growth for Acer

Servers launched to support the business growth of Acer’s SMBs and enterprise customers throughout the Middle East.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  February 16, 2005

Acer Computer Ltd, a leading branded PC vendor, is ramping up its server and storage business in the region, with the launch of two new Intel Xeon servers catering for small, medium and enterprise sized customers who need to manage the explosion of mission critical data. Acer is keen to replicate the phenomenal year-on-year growth it has achieved in its notebook and desktop PC divisions and will aggressively target SMBs that need enterprise level server solutions to manage their information. The server market in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region posted double-digit growth during 2004, and analysts expect the market to remain buoyant during 2005. Senior Acer executives are confident of securing more market share in this sector over the coming 12 months. “Businesses in this region demand servers that are technically advanced and cost-effective,” said Andrew Lamb, Acer’s business development manager of servers and storage. “Acer has the solutions in place to meet the needs of those customers, and its reputation in the notebook and desktop sector is evidence that it can deliver the latest technology at an affordable price.” To support the future business growth of SMBs in the Middle East, Acer has launched the Altos G520, an entry-level dual processor server. It delivers superb performance via dual Intel Xeon processors with Extended Memory 64 technology and Hyper-Threading technology support. It also carries one PCI express slot and four other PCI slots to support a wide range of add-on cards for greater expandability and additional functionalities. The Altos G520 also comes with an Acer EasyBUILD interface that makes the task of installing a variety of operating systems quick and being bundled with Acer Server Manager makes it simple to maintain. The server is targeted at organizations that require a high return per rack, which include banks, government departments, and online game providers. Those enterprise users that require a high-density rack-optimised server can benefit from the two Intel Xeon processors that the Altos R710 offers. This package also has up to 12 GB DDR2 400 memory and almost a terabyte of storage available in a slim chassis that will slot into any Altos rack. “This range of servers will compliment both SMBs and enterprise customers in the Middle East,” said Lamb. “We are bringing the freshest technologies to the market which are designed for maximum dependability, scalability and easy management.”

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