"The company is in Fremont, California, they make 1U
and 2U Linux servers, and their phone number is 888-LINUX-4-U. VA
Linux Systems? No, it's California Digital Corporation, which
recently acquired the rights to manufacture VA's server designs,
along with a sublease on part of VA's building. 'There's a pent-up
demand from people who were looking for VA systems', said CEO B.J.
Arun, who started California Digital in 1994.
Douglas Bone, formerly of VA, is California Digital's new chief
operating officer and will manage the sales force.
Can a small company compete now that large vendors have entered
the Linux server industry? Yes, according to one Linux hardware
industry executive. 'If you provide impeccable service and take
care of your customers, they will reward you with loyalty, which
translates into success long-term', he said. 'There is no
substitute for service at a personal level, and there is absolutely
no way that Compaq, Dell or IBM will be able to deliver that.'