PC Solutions Briefs: Oracle, Compaq, Toshiba, Linux

PC Solutions Briefs: Oracle, Compaq, Toshiba, Linux

Oracle, Compaq team up on Net appliancesOracle and Compaq are collaborating on an Internet appliance due out next month through distribution partners in the US, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison announced during his keynote address at the Comdex/Fall 2000 show in Las Vegas. The Internet appliance will be based on the Oracle9i Application Server and Compaq's ProLiant DL360 ultrathin two-way server. The device will arrive on customers' doorsteps with its hardware and software preconfigured, pretested and preinstalled, Ellison said.

Toshiba goes for server appliances in 2001Toshiba will enter the US server appliance market early next year with a server aimed at small and midsize companies.

The Toshiba servers will come equipped with standard features such as e-mail and printer management, Internet access, firewall support and Web caching. The company will also offer services such as installation, remote administration and device health monitoring.

Toshiba is forming alliances with several companies to offer features such as Bluetooth and 802.11 wireless technology, Web hosting, domain registration, e-mail services, Internet-based backup and online training.

New wireless software provided by Red-M will provide integration between the server appliance and other Bluetooth-enabled devices such as network printers, PDAs and Toshiba's portable devices.

Compaq gets into Linux for servers

Compaq put on a Red Hat last week when it announced a series of servers pre-installed with the Linux operating system.

Compaq will bundle open source vendor Red Hat Linux 7.0 on its ProLiant DL360 and ML330 servers. The cost of the servers will not go up due to the added software, and Compaq will give users a free support period to help with the installation and configuration of the systems.

With Linux already on the hardware, users should be able to avoid the headache of locating and installing a version of the open-source OS themselves.

Compaq vowed back in August that it would have Red Hat Linux pre-installed on its ProLiant servers by late September. While Red Hat released version 7.0 of its OS by September, Compaq appeared a little tardy in making good on its promise.

The company currently offers Linux on handhelds, portables, desktops, and Alpha servers.

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