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Inter@ctive Week: Small Biz Takes Economy Servers For Spin

Jul 26, 2000, 15:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James E. Gaskin)

"They're cute, they're cost-effective and they are worming their way into small offices and remote branches every day. Meet the entry-level server appliance, a machine growing in popularity for Web and e-mail services."

"These machines share three characteristics: They often have an unusual design to differentiate them from typical PCs; they include Web, e-mail, File Transport Protocol (FTP) and local area network (LAN) server functions; and they do so in a single box that runs Linux or FreeBSD Unix, a low-cost Unix product."

"The majority of systems hover in the area of $1,500 to $1,800, making them cheaper than a PC server with either Microsoft's Windows NT/2000 or Novell's NetWare. Though they're not cheaper than a PC running Linux or another low-cost Unix variant, the vendors bundle customized configuration and management utilities, hiding the mysteries of the OSes from inexperienced users."

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