HP has announced five new servers, including a new blade server and rack server, and two new storage products aimed at the entry-level SAN market.

The five new HP ProLiant servers use Intel's 64-bit Nocona processor with Xeon extended memory 64-bit technology (EM64T). They include improved management, availability and ease of use features, according to HP officials.

Prices start at $1,529 for the HP ProLiant ML350 server with two Intel Xeon processors running at 3.0GHz with 800MHz front side bus, 1M cache, EM64T technology and 512MB memory. HP is also shipping a ML370 with a similar configuration, but with two 3.4GHz Xeon processors, for $2,899.

At the high end, the HP ProLiant DL380 rack server costs from $3,449 for a system with two Intel Xeon processors running at 3.4GHz with 800MHz front side bus, 1M cache, EM64T, and 1GB memory. The rack server is designed for corporate data-centers and service providers.

HP's new blade server, the HP ProLiant BL20p, comes with two Intel Xeon processors running at 3.2GHz with 800MHz front side bus, 1M cache, EM64T, and 1GB memory. It will not be available until 1 September and pricing has yet to be decided.

The new products demonstrate the company's continued competitiveness in the server market, said David Reine, director of enterprise systems for The Clipper Group. "Hewlett-Packard has put together a set of ProLiant and Integrity platforms based upon the widest commodity offerings in the market: Intel's newest 32/64-bit Xeon 64EM, Intel's dual-core 64-bit Itanium-2 technology, and AMD's 32/64-bit Opteron technology."

The company's new storage array offerings are designed for IT managers looking for an entry-level SAN. The HP StorageWorks Modular Smart Array (MSA) 1500 is a Fibre Channel SAN attached controller shelf that connects to HP StorageWorks Serial ATA and/or SCSI disk enclosures. IT offers as many as eight attached SATA enclosures and delivers as much as 24TB of storage capacity. Pricing for the system starts at $8,995.

The storage group also announced the MSA20, a SATA disk drive storage enclosure with Ultra320 SCSI host connectivity that has a starting price of $2,959. By integrating low-cost SATA hard drives and enclosures with existing SCSI drives enclosures, HP is helping customers protecting their existing hardware investment, said Kyle Sitze, director of marketing for online storage at HP. "This is a significant advancement for entry-level SAN solutions. It can really lower the cost of entry for SANs," he said.