"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...'"