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ISP-Planet: IBM Takes On Sun Cobalt

Apr 16, 2002, 14:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alex Goldman)

"If your Internet service is Web service-centric, IBM has an intriguing offer that rivals one of the most popular 1U devices on the market today?namely, the Sun Cobalt Raq server.

"'This is a game changing initiative,' said Jay Holbrook, manager of worldwide marketing at IBM. Meet the IBM e-Server xSeries Hosting Appliance. Priced to kill at $2,569, the IBM e-Server xSeries is set to be unleashed on the world this week.

"The 1U device shows that IBM is intrigued by the Web server business. 'Web servers are a real target for us,' said Holbrook. 'According to IDC, the market is experiencing a 33.9 percent annual growth rate. At this price, we feel our product should be attractive to all customers, large and small...'"

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