LinuxPlanet: Collax Takes Appliance Approach to Push Linux into SMBs
Feb 24, 2006, 20:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The term 'software appliances' is starting to gain traction in
the Linux arena of late, as vendors are looking for better ways to
package the free operating system and deliver it to customers who
may not have the skills or the desire to learn about Linux. In the
early days of the Internet, a software appliance would have been
called a 'turnkey solution,' so the idea is nothing new.
"But that hasn't stopped a number of Linux vendors from pushing
their software appliance wares into the market, a move that is
seeing some early signs of success.
"One such vendor is Collax, a Munich, Germany firm with strong
ties to the pre-Novell SUSE Linux operation in that country.
Collax, though, is no SUSE clone. In fact, they are taking Linux
into a market that SUSE, Red Hat, and the other major commercial
vendors haven't really bothered with: the small- to medium-sized
business (SMB) channel.