Geekspeak: April 23, 2001

By John Taschek  |  Posted 2001-04-23 Print this article Print

Magnia's Ok for Small Offices but Not for Branch Offices

Toshiba takes a new approach to web server appliances with the Magnia SG10. take a cheap Intel Celeron-based system, have it run Linux, put a couple of IBM Travelstar drives in it, dress it up and make it totally usable from the get-go. Then sell Web-based services around it to keep it running flawlessly with no headaches. I tested the SG10, which retails for less than $1,300, and it worked as pitched. I had a pretty good-looking intranet site running behind its built-in firewall with seven systems connected in about 15 minutes. This makes it perfect as the main server for a small business.

However, its not the best product for a branch office because the old version of Red Hat Linux in the non-user-upgradable Magnia is Version 6.1, which doesnt support IPSec-based VPNs. Toshiba is working on that, but corporations can special order the Magnia with whatever they need. Thats where the bucks are, I suppose.

As the director of eWEEK Labs, John manages a staff that tests and analyzes a wide range of corporate technology products. He has been instrumental in expanding eWEEK Labs' analyses into actual user environments, and has continually engineered the Labs for accurate portrayal of true enterprise infrastructures. John also writes eWEEK's 'Wide Angle' column, which challenges readers interested in enterprise products and strategies to reconsider old assumptions and think about existing IT problems in new ways. Prior to his tenure at eWEEK, which started in 1994, Taschek headed up the performance testing lab at PC/Computing magazine (now called Smart Business). Taschek got his start in IT in Washington D.C., holding various technical positions at the National Alliance of Business and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There, he and his colleagues assisted the government office with integrating the Windows desktop operating system with HUD's legacy mainframe and mid-range servers.

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