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A Server Smaller Than a Toaster

Techstination feature for Tuesday, May 8, 2001

Lighter than a laptop. Smaller than a toaster. But able to run a network wireless or wired. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bloomberg Bootcamp. It's a tiny box called the Aries... about the size of your average computer speaker. But, it is a full fledged Linux based server appliance from Celestix Networks. Unlike the servers that run big office networks... this one is designed for the home or small office. What's the difference between your standard PC and one of these? Celestix VP Umar Hameed...

"The main difference is a server becomes a central repository of information so everyone has access to it. Whereas I've got a computer, you've got a computer, we can network them together and maybe share files. It makes it a little awkward. But if you've got a central kind of hub, so to speak, with a hard drive where all of your pertinent information everyone can share ... really adds a lot of value to the group."

A lot of effort has gone into making it easy enough for just about anyone...

"A typical average user can get it up and running in fifteen minutes. As long as they can operate a word processor or spreadsheet, they've got the skill sets needed to implement and start using the server."

Plug it into a cable or DSL modem... .and into a hub for your other PCs and you're ready to go. Or, add a PC card for wireless networking...

"So if you're working in the backyard or in another part of the building, you don't need cable to be tethered to it."

The starting price... under a thousand dollars. You can find more information at Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin, Bloomberg Radio.