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UnixReview.com: Sun/Cobalt Qube Server Reviewed

Jan 18, 2002, 14:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Baer Galvin)

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"This extensive feature set actually does meet the all-in-one needs of small businesses or workgroups. For example, a small company could use a Qube 3 as its Internet gateway, Web cache (to improve Internet access performance), Web site filter (to limit which sites users can access), firewall, DNS server, mail server, and file server. A workgroup might just use it as a convenient, easy-to-manage Web server to publish the group's information to the larger corporation. Given the low price point and high functionality of the Qube 3, it is sure to find a lot of uses.

The Qube 3 does not perform any magic. The strengths of the system include its user interface, the architecture to add applications and perform updates, and the Web-based management tools. A typical Solaris system could perform all of the same functions -- and more -- but configuration and management of a similar system would take much longer, and would require more knowledge. The beauty of the Qube 3 (aside from its cute looks) lies in its management software. The software makes it practical to configure, manage, and monitor the system without any knowledge of Unix, Linux, or anything much beyond the use of a Web browser. Of course, a little knowledge can cause a lot of damage. For example, a novice administrator could easily implement porous security rules. However, the freedom from having to know all of the commands to manage all of those services is a great boon to Qube 3 users.

Many open source applications are used as the base for the Qube 3."

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