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Hewlett-Packard HP 9000 L-Class Entry/Midrange Unix Servers

Published: 26 July 2001

ID: G0090740

Analyst(s): Ian Brown


The HP 9000 L-Class family of Unix servers is targeted at workgroup, application server, and Internet applications. The current product line consists of three models. The L1000 supports up to two PA-RISC processors; the L2000 supports up to four PA processors; the L3000 also supports up to four PA processors, but uses a different system design for higher throughput. The L-Class servers are available in rack-mount and deskside form factors, making them suitable for data center or office installation. Typical customers will include large enterprises as well as small and medium-size businesses. The L-Class servers compete in a very competitive segment of the Unix market, where Sun and IBM offer the main alternatives.

Table Of Contents
  • Corporate Headquarters
  • Overview
    • Target Applications
    • System Design
    • HP-UX
  • Analysis
    • Technology
    • Market Momentum
    • Business Practices
  • Pricing
    • GSA Pricing
  • Competitors
    • Sun
    • IBM
  • Strengths
    • Continuity of Product Line
    • HP-UX Operating System
    • Virtual Partitions (vPars)
  • Limitations
    • Cost
    • Beginning of the End for PA-RISC
  • Insight

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