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AllLinuxDevices: Analysis: Sun sees a future in server appliances

Sep 29, 2000, 12:54 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Guy Matthews)

"...Although the technology has only been adopted by a modest number of users as yet, its possibilities have excited many. Researcher IDC predicts that the server appliance market will be worth $12bn by 2004, which no doubt explains why Compaq, Dell, IBM and Hewlett Packard have all produced or acquired their own versions, and why many smaller operations such as Right Vision, Esoft, Extended Systems, Equiinet and, of course, Cobalt have also developed variations on a theme."

"However, this alone does not explain Sun's keen interest in the sector. For starters, the supplier is famed for its stance as an industry maverick. Following the herd down unproven blind alleys is right out of character for a firm that has doggedly, and successfully, ploughed its own furrow for years in contented isolation."

"But Cobalt represents a notable change of tack for Sun on other fronts, too. Its hardware is based around Intel-compatible AMD processors, a first for a vendor that has always relied on the mettle of its own Sparc technology. Furthermore, Cobalt is a big Linux supporter, a Unix variant that Sun has hitherto eschewed in favour of its own more mature Solaris operating system."

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