Net Engines Revs Up Net Access Gear

FRAMINGHAM (01/27/2000) - Network Engines Inc.'s new Web appliances promise to make it easier for IT professionals to manage and control Internet traffic and e-commerce activities.

The company last week announced the release of the WebEngine Roadster, Viper, CommerceEngine and AdminEngine, Internet devices that speed and authenticate access to Internet activities. The boxes are aimed at midsize to large companies running Windows NT or Linux server-based networks.

Network Engines is looking to further tap into the appliance server market, which will exceed $7.9 billion by 2003, according to International Data Corp. in Framingham, Mass. Appliance servers are single-function turnkey devices that are easy to install and configure. Other functions that are ideal for appliance servers include file storage, data serving, security and messaging.

The WebEngine Roadsters are available as entry-level appliances for Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) or Linux Apache-based Web servers. Each box is designed for midsize companies running their own Web-hosting services. The devices ship with Web publishing, e-mail, file transfer services and Microsoft FrontPage server extensions for Web site development.

The Roadster Web appliances are based on Intel 330-MHz to 500-MHz Celeron processors with 64M to 512M bytes of memory, dual 10/100 Ethernet adapters and up to 36G bytes of internal 10,000-rpm storage.

The company also introduced new hardware and software capability for its Viper LX and NT high-end Web servers. Viper Web servers operate in Windows NT and Linux environments and feature single or dual 500-MHz to 700-MHz Intel Pentium III processors with 128M to 2G bytes of RAM. They run Apache or IIS Web server software.

Each Viper Web server is rack-mounted and can be clustered in up to 255-node configurations. All WebEngine appliances are rack-mountable, and up to 23 devices will fit in a standard rack.

"We use 23 WebEngines for Linux in a standard rack to capture newsfeeds and as Web servers because they are low-profile," says Joe Choti, chief technology officer for Screaming Media in New York. "We are hosted at a co-location cage at Global Frontier, where price is a premium for space. We would need to double or triple our cage size to put in that many other units." Network Engine's WebEngine Roadster and Viper appliances are 1.75 inches high.

Further, Network Engines unveiled the CommerceEngine, a 600-MHz Pentium III-based server that encrypts and decrypts Secure Sockets Layer transactions.

The CommerceEngine is commonly used in configurations with the Viper LX or NT in environments where a high level of processing is required.

Finally, the AdminEngine is a device for managing clusters of up to 256 Roadster, Viper or CommercEngine appliances.

The Roadster LX is $2,000; the Roadster NT is $2,700. The devices will ship this quarter. The Viper appliance is $3,000 for Linux and $4,000 for Windows NT. The CommerceEngine, scheduled to ship in the second quarter, starts at $10,000. The AdminEngine starts at $5,000 and includes five appliance

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