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CNET News.com: Cobalt offers cheaper clustering option

Jun 05, 2000, 04:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Cobalt Networks has joined the rush to bring "cluster" technology to Intel-based servers, a cost-conscious way to make computers approach the reliability of more powerful machines."

"The company has begun selling its StaQware software, which allows one Cobalt computer to take over for another if the first fails. The product is aimed at Internet service providers who rent server space to customers putting up Web or e-commerce sites, said Kelly Herrell, vice president of marketing at Cobalt."

"Cobalt makes "server appliances," special-purpose computers set up to handle specific tasks such as hosting Web sites. The computers run the Linux operating system and are built around Intel chips."

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