Systems are getting more general-purpose. At least in terms of units sold, servers with two x86 processors dominate the landscape.
And it's more than just servers. For example, on Tuesday Vyatta announced a new series of network appliances, the Vyatta 3500. These systems, like the other appliances that Vyatta sells, combine standard off-the-shelf x86 server hardware with an integrated software subscription that provides networking functions such as Firewall, VPN, IP address management, administration, diagnostics, and so forth. Vyatta pitches its appliance as a much lower-priced alternative to dedicated networking hardware from the likes of Cisco.
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