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InfoWorld: Cobalt's CEO talks about server appliances and how they fit into the Internet Market

Mar 14, 2000, 04:17 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Katherine Bull)

"As time to market becomes more and more critical to companies hoping to build a Web presence, officials at Cobalt Networks think they have made it easier and less costly for companies to do so. Cobalt has integrated network-based applications, such as Web hosting, e-mail, and file sharing, as well as system and network setup, into a browser-based graphical-user interface. Its line of server appliances is being used by a wide range of ISPs across the world. Steve DeWitt, president and CEO, sat down with InfoWorld Executive Producer/New Media Katherine Bull to talk about the server appliance market and what it means for the burgeoning Internet industry...."

"InfoWorld: What are some of the challenges you're facing in a competitive marketplace?"

"DeWitt: Our biggest competition is in the old way of doing things. We compete against the whole traditional, general-purpose service model where you have a server platform, and you can imagine all the people who build the general-purpose server platforms. You know, operating system on top, the applications layer on top, and then you tie it all together. That's the old model."

"InfoWorld: What is your definition of an appliance?"

"DeWitt: An appliance really is measured by its overall cost of ownership. What we deliver, fully configured out of the box, is a purpose-built platform, meaning that the hardware is matched to the applications. Not any size fits any size. So it's purpose-built hardware, an open-source operating system where we've taken the applications that are being delivered, whether they be e-commerce applications or database applications or streaming applications, and we've integrated them into the operating system."

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