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LinuxWorld: Redrak glows - NetMachines enters the server fray

Jun 04, 2000, 15:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rawn Shaw)

"Linux is becoming the choice for many ISPs, and to support the growing demand, a number of vendors offer custom servers packaged specifically for that market. Among them are Cobalt Networks, Rebel.com, and NetMachines. In this review, I took a gander at NetMachines' Redrak low-profile server and compared it to my experience with the other vendors. Just to let you know: that red box is red-hot."

"The outside of the Redrak is fairly nondescript: three lights on one side, a speaker vent, a port for a hot-swappable drive, and a key lock with on and off (green and red) LEDs below it. Most of the action is on the back or inside."

"The Redrak is about 2 inches tall or a little more than a 1U rack unit (1.75 inches) in height. Depending on the spacing of the components on your rack, you might have to put three Redraks per four rack unit to accommodate the extra height."

"The Redrak comes with either a Celeron or Pentium III CPU ranging in speed from 366 MHz to 500 MHz. There are two slots for SDRAM DIMMs, allowing up to 512 MB of RAM. The Redrak has one 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port, but a second can be added via the PCI card slot. The internal drive is optional, and it can hold a single low-profile drive that's about 1 inch tall, while the hot-swappable drive available from NetMachines can be up to 20 GB."

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