Celestix Taurus Server Appliance
by Rick Smith (December 18, 2001)
Setting up an enterprise-class server for your small business can be a daunting task. You need to choose the hardware, configure it, chose the software, install that software and hope you got everything right. Now there is an easier solution -- the Celestix Taurus Server Appliance. It provides everything you need to get started.
With a single purchase, from a single vendor, you get all the necessary hardware, software, peripherals and cabling necessary to accomplish:
file and printer sharing
high-speed Internet access
e-mail storage and retrieval
Intranet information sharing
DHCP and DNS services
IP address sharing
Since the Celestix Taurus includes built-in networking software pre-installed and pre-configured you can have your server running in about 15 minutes. You can administer your server locally from its LCD front panel or remotely using a web-based admin tool. Since this server can support wireless 802.11b, it can easily be made into an access point. Now you can easily add or move workstations, without having to lay cable over your floor or in your walls.
The seven pound Celestix Taurus is about the size of a toaster, operates on Linux 2.4 and supports up to 500 users. Several models will be available in January 2002 and will retail for under $2000.
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