HP AlphaServer DS15A System

HP Updated: 2009-02-24 RSS
HP AlphaServer DS15A System

For businesses and service providers looking for superior performance and reliability at a low price, the AlphaServer DS15A system demands your attention.

The system's switch-based architecture takes full advantage of the powerful 1 GHz Alpha processor, running your choice of the super-reliable Tru64 UNIX or OpenVMS operating systems with HP's renowned clustering capabilities.

You can choose from three rack cabinets and an internal or front-access storage cage. Put up to 13 systems in the largest cabinet, or add more storage with Storageworks shelves.


* 1 GHz Alpha processor with 2 MB onboard cache
* pedestal or rackmount (up to 13 systems in a 79-inch rack)
* up to 4 GB of SDRAM memory up to 2 Gbytes/s system bandwidth (peak)
* choice of storage: up to 218.4 GB SCSI (internal storage cage), up to 435.6 GB SCSI (front access storage cage)
* 4 64-bit PCI slots
* onboard dual 10/100 Base T Ethernet ports and Ultra 160 SCSI controller
* Tru64 UNIX or OpenVMS

The HP AlphaServer DS15A systems are available with a 1-GHz Alpha chip, the 21264C. Memory starts at 512 Mbytes and can be increased to 4 Gbytes. Second-level cache is 2 Mbytes. The switch-based system interconnect exploits the full potential of the Alpha chip.

The system measures 5.1 x 17.6 x 19.65 inches (3U) and can be placed on a desktop, desk side, or rackmounted in a choice of three rack cabinets (two M-Series and one 10000 Series), along with additional disks. In the largest cabinet (79 inches) up to 13 systems can be installed, or if more storage is desired, there can be up to six StorageWorks shelves and up to four systems.

A maximum of four drive bays are available when ordering the Front Access Storage Cage; three drives bays are available when ordering the Internal Storage Cage. Each storage cage includes a DVD/CD-RW drive. A 5.25-inch removable media device can be added to either storage cage, consuming one storage bay in the Internal Storage Cage and utilizing two storage bays in the Front Access Storage Cage. Up to 435.6-GB SCSI storage is available in systems with the Front Access Storage Cage and 218.2 GB in systems with the Internal Storage Cage.

There are four full-length PCI slots, four 64-bit slots @ 33 MHz or two 64-bit slots @ 66 MHz. Integrated on the system board are two 10/100 Mbit fast Ethernet controllers, two serial ports, two-port Ultra160 SCSI controller – one port supports internal devices, one port supports external devices, and keyboard and mouse ports.

Systems can be purchased with the Tru64 UNIX or OpenVMS operating systems installed.