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CNET News.com: IBM wants to crash server appliance soiree

Oct 23, 2000, 14:15 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"IBM's xSeries servers handle serving up Web pages and storing data, while the iSeries uses IBM's Domino software for running collaboration projects. ... In the future, IBM plans to sell server appliances for housing email, caching Internet data to help speed its delivery, setting up network security firewalls and balancing computing work across a group of servers. In addition, IBM could offer one server appliance to set up virtual private network (VPN) connections--secure channels across the public Internet--and another to link employees checking into corporate networks on a notebook or handheld computer..."

"IBM offers the Web server with a choice of two operating systems: Linux and a specialized, stripped-down version of Windows 2000 Advanced Server. Both are rack-mountable models that are 1.75 inches tall with a single processor."

"With 256GB of memory, a 9GB hard disk and an 800-MHz CPU, the Linux model costs $3,995. The Windows model costs $4,295. IBM argues that the Windows model, while more expensive, adds features such as IBM's caching software and Windows' Active Directory."

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