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Technauts nabs deal with Hitachi for server appliances

The maker of server appliances has won a major deal under which Hitachi will sell its special-purpose servers.

Technauts has won a major deal under which Hitachi will sell its special-purpose servers, the company said.

Technauts builds "server appliances," a combination of a computer and software designed to accomplish a specific task, such as handling email, storing files or housing a Web site.

Both start-ups and established server companies are increasingly interested in server appliances. Dell, Compaq Computer, IBM and Hewlett-Packard all have their own models, and smaller companies such as Procom, Network Appliance, CacheFlow, Cobalt Networks and Auspex sell their own machines or have deals to sell them rebranded by larger computer makers.

The deal with Hitachi will give Technauts a way to sell systems in Japan, the company said. Hitachi will sell hardware and software, Technauts said.

On Monday, another deal will be announced in which Akamai will sell CacheFlow servers, the companies said. The servers will be part of services Akamai sells for speeding the delivery of Internet information.

Meanwhile, Procom, another server appliance manufacturer whose equipment is sold by HP, has upgraded its NetForce servers, the company said this week. The changes speed up file storage, add the ability to use Windows' authorization system, make the machines better able to withstand glitches, and improve support for European characters.