"Dell Computer hopes to repeat its earlier success in the PC
business with a thrust into the market for the cheaper, specialized
servers that have become a favorite tool of e-commerce sites."
"The rise in the number of e-commerce firms, Internet service
providers and small businesses has helped to boost the market for
server appliances as these companies have had to bulk up on
hardware. A number of smaller companies, such as Network Appliance,
and several Linux publishers have benefitted from this demand."
"Dell will also be using more familiar PC software from
Microsoft and Novell, rather than Linux and Unix, which have
emerged as server appliance favorites. This is likely to
appeal broadly to ISPs looking to build their hosting and
connecting infrastructures around PC products..."
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