Executive Summary

By Francis Chu  |  Posted 2002-07-15 Print this article Print

: Sun Cobalt Raq 550"> Executive Summary: Sun Cobalt Raq 550

Usability Excellent
Capability Good
Performance Fair
Interoperability Fair
Manageability Good
Scalability Fair
Security Good
Boasting the latest hardware upgrade and newer software packages, the easy-to-use Raq 550 is an inexpensive server appliance capable of providing a complete Web hosting package for small to medium-size companies.

Cost Analysis

The Raq 550 device starts at $1,699, with the highest-configuration box priced at $2899. The Raq 550 is priced aggressively to compete with server-based hosting appliances such as the IBM Xseries, which starts at $2,500.

(+) A comprehensive Web hosting package for small sites; easy to use and manage; robust user interface and automatic update features.

(-) Lacks redundant power supplies; supports a limited number of users and connections.

Evaluation Short List

•IBM Xseries Hosting Appliance

•HPs SA1100/1120

•Microsoft Corp.s Windows 2000 with Server Appliance Kit 2.0.



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