Data General will put its own spin on network computing in the New Year, when it launches a range of 'thin servers', aimed at the Soho market. It has no plans to build its own thin clients, however.
According to DG the Thinline servers, due to be unveiled to the press next week, will be small boxes, about the size of a laptop. Their purpose will be to give a single connection out to the Internet through an ISDN line, to which assorted PCs, NCs and other appliances will be able to connect to by means of a wireless Lan.
This is similar in concept to the 'home server' promised by Microsoft at its recent developers' conference. It said this will be a low cost box that "you stick in your basement and it runs the PC, TV, even heating appliances."
?The thin servers will be very low cost, round about #1,500, and will provide a single point of connection to the Internet for multiple appliances. They can be stuck up in the loft or screwed to the wall," said Bernard Foot, European systems marketing manager at Data General.
The company has set up a separate Thinline business unit to produce the low end servers and hopes to make them generally available early in the New Year. ?We might be bringing out an NC client,? said Foot. ?But if we do it will be a rebadged one. We are really focused on the ?thin server? side of things.?
The division has also been working on a Thinline Information Server, aimed at people who want a server specifically to set up and run their own Web sites, without a whole lot of extra compute power.
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