A thin client serves the role of browser to access a Web page/data display resident in the thin server
. If only required to view Web pages, the thin server
can be a dedicated, simple device requiring only an LCD, CPU and a small amount of memory.
The NetMAX Linux-based thin servers
were launched in October 1999.
In this example, the thin server
of the NAS device (NAS head) which is optimized for file delivery is attached to a SAN.
These thin servers
deliver fast, reliable, cost-effective, and simple access to information.
IBM Corp is taking on Sun Microsystems Inc in the ISP market with its Pizzazz RS/6000 B50 thin servers
. The B50 is, as we expected, a 43P model 150 workstation, which uses a 375MHz, 32-bit PowerPC 604e processor, shrunk down so you can mount twenty of them in a standard data center rack.
DakotaROM-SP is powered by the next generation Storpoint CD E100 thin server
engine from Axis Communications, which, according to the company, is optimized for fast, easy, and efficient CD/DVD sharing.
AppSolute Servers are the first Internet- enabled CD/DVD-ROM application servers, uniquely combining thin server
and thin client technologies with Internet access, web-based management, and application management into a powerful new information server.
IBM will also allow customers to attach several hundred gigabytes of storage to a Nighthawk node using a new 3U, rack-mounted disk expansion unit that Big Blue will also be peddling with the "Pizzazz" B50 thin server
(see separate story).
According to the company, DakotaROM-SP integrates CD/DVD-ROM and hard disk technologies with a specialized and optimized multi-protocol thin server
to create a high-performance, easy-to-use, affordable solution for distributing information and software.
IBM has agreed to acquire Whistle Communications Inc, developer of the InterJet 'thin server
', which will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of IBM.
To get there Sun will effectively turn the Hot Desk and Sun Ray server software environment into a cache that can be hosted on a local thin server
appliance which it has yet to announce.
Axis Communications is shipping its new AXIS StorPoint CD E100, a network-attached thin server
device designed to make networking CD/DVDs fast, efficient, and easy without the need for a file server or PC, according to the company.