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CNET Seagate to enter storage server market [via partnership with Cobalt]

Apr 06, 2000, 18:41 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Seagate said this week that through a partnership with Cobalt Networks, it will begin selling a server appliance designed to easily plug into a network to expand storage capacity, a strategy Quantum and Maxtor embarked on last year."

"These companies are scrambling to find a way to escape the fiercely competitive and nearly profitless environment that afflicts hard drive makers. Meanwhile, companies such as Network Appliance and EMC make a healthy business selling hardware built from those same disks."

"Cobalt, which builds server appliances using the Linux operating system, is in the midst of an expansion of its effort to sell products through other companies as well as under its own brand name, the company said in an Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Cobalt also sells server appliances through Japanese telecommunication giant NTT DoCoMo, which sells Cobalt machines for wireless email systems, and through France Telecom, which sells Cobalt machines to French public schools for Internet access."

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