LinuxSolve this week rolled out a server appliance for ISPs and application service providers providing virtual hosting environments.
Dubbed the LinuxSolve vHost, the device is able to host as many as 200 web sites and provides security functions that keep those sites independent of each other. It includes installation tools, intrusion detection and remote monitoring and administration capability.
Virtual hosting is often recommended for many small and midsize companies that don't want to own and maintain their own Web servers but do want to have a domain name and e-mail addresses.
LinuxSolve vHost ships with a proprietary Linux operating system, which contains features to prevent buffer overflows, Common Gateway Interface attacks and symmetric multiprocessing probes. The product allows network monitoring, Secure Sockets Layer compliance, and a Java-based server file manager. It also includes a firewall.
VHost works with the Apache Web software and uses an Intel Celeron Processor with up to 512M-byte and an Intel 100M bit/sec Ethernet adapter and EIDE controller. It can be configured with from just over 10G bytes of storage to over 20G bytes.
Linux Web servers are becoming more prevalent and are many times the preferred environment for hosting Web services. Rackspace, a Web hosting facility, runs Linux on 80 percent of the more than 2,000 servers it manages. IDC says the growth of inexpensive Linux licenses is booming. Last year, Linux outsold the NetWare operating system and assumed the number two position behind Microsoft's server products. IDC expects that revenue for Linux will grow faster than the rest of the market at over 23 percent. Its revenue, however, will amount to only US$85 million in 2004.
LinuxSolve vHost is available now starting at $US2,600 for a 1u rackmount chassis with 512M bytes of RAM and over 10G bytes of storage.www.linuxsolve.com.