ALR made a bid to break Compaq's stranglehold on the SMP market last week by slashing prices of its servers by up to 36 per cent on fully configured models.
At the same time it claimed that giants Compaq and IBM were still unable to ship.
Julian Neath, managing director of ALR UK, said IBM and Compaq would not be able to produce their SMP machines in volume until early September.
This would give ALR and its channel a window to sell systems through companies such as Bytech, Norwood Adam and newly signed Northamber.
The price move means that this week ALR's 166MHz Pentium Pro Quad 6 512 cache with 64Mb of memory fell from u11,999 to u9,839 while the 200MHz version is now u8,999. ALR also reduced prices on its Pentium servers.
Neath said: 'We want to grow our market share aggressively. Intel has also reduced the price of its chips and memory prices have fallen.'
ALR product marketing manager Brian Green said: 'IDC figures show that Compaq has 66 per cent of the Intel SMP market, ALR has 11 per cent and that Big Blue is among the others.'
But David Cosham, head of server products at IBM, described ALR as a tiny company. 'We have recently taken price action of up to 24 per cent. I wouldn't react to ALR's cuts,' he said. (See story, Page 20.)
'On a 166MHz it's 512K cache and on a 200MHz it's a 256K cache. As far as I can tell, there are Pros which use 512K cache and and some are using 256K cache and you've seen Compaq announcing those.' Cosham said ALR was using those too, an allegation firmly rebutted by Green.
But a source at IBM EMEA confirmed that the problems with Intel SMP motherboards would continue until early September.
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