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
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 eServer.net hardware and software,
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.