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LinuxWorld: The little server that could, The RaQ 3i is a well-designed box with all the right fixes

Dec 15, 1999, 18:28 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rawn Shah)

"Cobalt Networks is back, with a new machine redesigned from the ground up, the Cobalt RaQ 3i. This is a larger model than the RaQ 2, but is not intended to replace the older system. And it looks like Cobalt has directly addressed most of the problems with the RaQ 2 that we highlighted in our earlier review. In fact, I think I'll add this new box to my Christmas wish list...."

"This three-year-old company was one of the first to offer a Linux-based server appliance, the original Qube, and Cobalt's philosophy of keeping server management simple without sacrificing power has shown others the path to building a decent appliance. These days, the company does have some real competition in the market for rack-mountable servers that are one or two rack units high. Competitors include the much more compact NetWinder from Rebel.com, VA Linux's FullOn 2x2 server, and Penguin Computing's Penguin 1U rackmount server. On the high end, Cobalt faces an even tougher challenge from IBM and Dell. However, Cobalt's products have been very successful in the ISP and Web-hosting markets, and the RaQ 3i will help maintain the company's edge."

"The RaQ 3i uses Intel-compatible chips, rather than the MIPS R3000 series processor Cobalt put in the RaQ 2. This makes it compatible with much more software for Linux, especially the large pool that is, unfortunately, available only in binary executable form for the x86 platform. The system uses an AMD K6-II chip running at 300 MHz, and can now handle two 256 MB DIMMs. This configuration allows for up to 512 MB of RAM, up from 256 MB in previous models. There are still two one inch tall hard drive slots that can accommodate two 20 GB drives apiece."

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