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07.11.2006, 17:38
With New Dual-Core 1U, 2U and 3U Rack Servers

New Servers Deliver Excellent Cost and Energy Efficiency; 3U Ultra-Dense Rack-Mount Offers Industry-Leading Form Factor and Capacity, Making It Ideal for Virtualization

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Beginning today, Gateway's professional customers now have more choices in powerful yet energy-efficient servers, with the availability of three new rackmount systems featuring second generation AMD® Opteron(TM) processors. It is the first time Gateway has offered AMD (NYSE: AMD - News) processors in its server line. They will be on display at the industry's premier virtualization technology conference, VMware's VMworld 2006, Nov. 7-9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, in booth # 503.

The new dual-core 1U, 2U and 3U rackmount systems round out Gateway's line of new servers, which were unveiled in September. The Opteron-based servers will be built at Gateway's U.S.-based configure-to-order facility in Nashville.

Featuring Gateway's exclusive industrial design, the new 1U, 2U and 3U servers include leading serviceability elements, integrated RAID, Gateway Lights Out (GLO) system management and optional low-cost remote control K/V/M (keyboard, video, mouse). They also support both SAS and SATA II hard drives in the same system.

Designed to handle a wide variety of business applications, the powerful technologies and scalability features make them ideal for large, demanding office environments, but they are also cost-effective solutions for small- and medium-sized businesses.

"We're pleased to round out our server line with AMD processors, giving our customers maximum flexibility and choice combined with leading-edge innovation, quality and features," said Tim Diefenthaler, Gateway senior director, professional product management. "We look forward to expanding our server line even further, bringing additional Opteron-based servers to our customers in the near future."

"We're delighted to have Gateway expand its AMD relationship to include servers based on industry-standard AMD Opteron processors," said Randy Allen, corporate vice president, AMD Server and Workstation Division. "The AMD Opteron processor provides next-generation features including hardware-assisted AMD Virtualization(TM) and energy-efficient DDR2 memory. They're also designed for seamless upgradeability to quad-core computing. AMD64 technology continues to be adopted by infrastructure providers who want to give customers the broadest variety of options. We look forward to working together to bring systems to market that offer new levels of performance-per-watt and energy efficiency."

Gateway® E-9422R 1U Rack Server

The E-9422R is Gateway's first 1U rack-optimized server platform featuring support for up to two of the latest dual-core AMD Opteron(TM) 2000 Series processors and NVIDIA® MCP55 Pro chipset. It can also be equipped with optional AMD Opteron HE processors, which provide excellent CPU performance per watt for lower power servers that can cost less to run and save air-conditioning costs. The E-9422R provides excellent performance capabilities in a mid-range server platform, bringing leading-edge features in a compact 1U space at a competitive price.

The AMD64 computing platform offers exceptional x86 virtualization capabilities to help optimize performance of VMware® ESX and Microsoft® Virtual Server 2005 applications. The system efficiency of AMD's Direct Connect Architecture combined with an integrated memory controller provides efficient isolation of virtual machine memory for improved virtual machine performance and security.

The Gateway E-9422R is Input/Output (I/O) optimized with four integrated 10/100/1000 GbE Network Interface Cards (NIC), helping with load balancing and distributing processing and communications activity. It also supports up to 32GB of ECC DDR2 memory.

Highly expansive with room for four 3.5-inch hot-swap SAS or SATA II hard drives, it has a storage capacity of up to 3.0TB(1) with SATA II drives.

Gateway® E-9522R 2U Rack Server

The Gateway E-9522R Server is Gateway's advanced 2U rack-optimized server platform featuring the latest dual-core AMD Opteron 2000 Series processors and the NVIDIA MCP55 Pro chipset. Like the Opteron-based E-9422R 1U rack server, the E-9522R can also be equipped with optional AMD Opteron HE processors, which are designed for increased power efficiency and reduced electricity costs.

This new server brings exceptional I/O performance with four NICs, six SAS or SATA II hard drives and five PCI slots.

It offers exceptional expansion with room for six 3.5-inch, hot-swap SAS or SATA II hard drives. Utilizing SATA II drives, the E-9522R has a storage capacity of up to 4.5TB(1).

Gateway E-9722R 3U Rack Server

The Gateway E-9722R Server is Gateway's 3U ultra-dense rack server powered by up to four dual-core AMD Opteron 8000 Series processors and the NVIDIA MCP55 Pro chipset. The E-9722R can also be outfitted with optional AMD Opteron HE processors, which are designed for higher power efficiency and lower electricity costs.

This server's architecture offers excellent x86 virtualization capabilities to help optimize performance of VMware GSX and Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 applications. The system efficiency of AMD's Direct Connect Architecture combined with an integrated memory controller provides efficient isolation of virtual machine memory for improved performance and security. This server is ideal as a VMware virtual server to consolidate multiple server activities, and for high-performance database (Oracle and Microsoft SQL) and ERP-level business applications.

"Leveraging four dual-core processors, memory expansion and twelve hard drives, our 3U rack server is ideal for virtualization," said Tim Diefenthaler, Gateway senior director, professional product management.

This new rack-mount server brings exceptional I/O performance and expansion with four NICs and five PCI slots.

It also provides optimum expansion with room for twelve 3.5 inch, hot-swap SAS or SATA II hard drives. Utilizing 750GB SATA hard disk drives, the E-9722R supports up to 9TB(1). With support for dual array configurations and integrated RAID storage subsystems, the E-9722R has the highest storage/rack height ratio that Gateway has ever offered.

New Servers Offer Enhanced Serviceability, Integrated Management, Low Cost K/V/M and Compelling Top-of-the-Line Technologies

The new Opteron-based servers feature enhanced serviceability, leading integrated management and K/V/M technology, SAS and SATA II hard drives, integrated RAID and redundant hot swap fans and power supplies.

Tool-free chassis', tool-free motherboards and color-coded components streamline deployment and support. In addition, all models share components including RAID daughter cards, drive carriers and system management.

Bringing a high level of efficiency to IT departments, Gateway Lights Out (GLO) system management allows customers to remotely shut down and re-start their server regardless of power condition. An optional low-cost remote control K/V/M with media redirect features enables IT managers to take full remote control of a server.

Customers can also use Gateway's System Management Integrated LCD (SMIL)(2) to monitor a server's health and operating status. This powerful optional add-on simply hot plugs to the front of the server and displays vital statistics on a full-color, easy-to-read LCD panel.

The three new servers can be configured with both SAS and SATA II drives in the same system, so customers can choose the technology best suited to their needs. Integrated RAID offers a cost-effective solution while saving a valuable expansion slot. Support for RAID 5 + Hot Spare and RAID 10 options offer greater redundancy and integrity.

Lastly, all of the new systems deliver high availability with redundant, hot-swap fans and power supply options. Hot swappable fans, not available on many competitive systems, provide exceptional cooling capability as well as greater availability in case of fan failure. The new highly efficient, redundant power supplies require less energy to run and produce less heat output, helping to extend component life.

Pricing and Availability

Gateway is taking orders now; prices start at $1,799 for the E-9422R 1U Server and $1,849 for the E-9522R 2U Server. Call your sales representative for pricing on the E-9722R 3U Server. For more information on Gateway products, customers can visit http://www.gateway.com or call 1-800-GATEWAY. Solution providers and value added resellers (VARs) interested in partnering with Gateway through the ProNet Partner Program can find more information at http://www.gateway.com/pronet.

Professional Services

In addition, Gateway Professional Services deliver enterprise-level expertise to help professionals maximize the value of their technology resources. Offerings include:

* Network planning and implementation

* Backup and disaster recovery

* Data and application migration

* Server virtualization

* Citrix® implementation

* Hitachi SAN implementation

* Server consolidation and clustering

North America Based Telephone Technical Support

While many PC vendors go off-shore to save service costs, Gateway's telephone technical support for U.S. customers is 100-percent based in North America. Customers are assured their calls are handled by knowledgeable, experienced, well-trained and dedicated support agents close to home(3).

Gateway Professional

From ultra-reliable desktops, notebooks and servers to comprehensive services, Gateway has served organizations for twenty years. Gateway makes technology purchase, use and support simple through the programs developed for education, government and business customers. The ProNet(SM) Partner Program's channel-friendly benefits help solution providers strengthen and grow their businesses. Gateway customers include many of the world's leading organizations, such as the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, the University of Arizona, State of California, State of New York and others. For more information on Gateway Professional solutions, visit http://www.gateway.com/business.

About Gateway

Since its founding in 1985, Irvine, Calif.-based Gateway (NYSE: GTW - News) has been a technology pioneer, offering award-winning PCs and related products to consumers, businesses, government agencies and schools. See http://www.gateway.com for more information.

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(1) With availability of 750GB SATA II hard drives, available in Q4 2006.
(2) Available in the fourth quarter, 2006.
(3) Service methods subject to change without notice or obligation.

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