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Upside: Linux Appliances R Us

Feb 24, 2000, 17:26 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"For DeWitt, basing his company's business strategy on appliance servers alone is not so much an act of defiance as a demonstration of faith. DeWitt, a former Cisco (CSCO) executive, sees the future tilting toward the company that, like Cisco, tailors its technology to the growth demands of its customer base."

"At Cisco, we focused completely on building an infrastructure that could scale with the exploding demand," DeWitt says. "Once the Internet came along, the developer community suddenly set its sights on the mass market, asking the question, 'How could we use the Internet to deliver applications to the broad market?'"

"The answer always seemed to reside with the server, which wasn't developing as quickly as the network itself. What we set out to do here at Cobalt was rewrite the whole server side of the equation."

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