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Inter@ctive Week: Dell, IBM Punch Into Server Appliances

Apr 21, 2000, 18:53 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Todd Spangler)

"The market for Internet server appliances, which are generally rack-mountable "pizza box" servers loaded with preconfigured applications, has been colonized by such start-ups as Cobalt Networks (www.cobalt.com), NETmachines (www.netmachines.net), Network Engines (www.networkengines.com) and VA Linux Systems (www.valinux.com). But now it's become such a fast-growing market that the big guns could not afford to ignore it anymore. In a report released last month, International Data Corp. projected that the worldwide appliance server market will grow from less than $1 billion in 1999 to $11 billion in 2004."

"Dell's new PowerApp line will initially consist of Web server and caching appliances. The PowerApp.web hosting appliance server will be available with either Red Hat Linux or Microsoft Windows. The PowerApp.cache runs Novell's Internet Caching System. The first PowerApp appliances are expected to ship in May."

"Cobalt, meanwhile, will continue to differentiate itself based on the applications it offers on its RaQ and Qube appliances, says Kelly Herrell, Cobalt's vice president of marketing. Cobalt now has about 100 partners offering."

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