Sun Microsystems, Inc.
has announced its new Sun Cobalt Qube 3 server appliance, the latest iteration of a device once compared (at least based on its physical attributes) to Apple’s now-defunct Power Mac G4 Cube. The latest iteration of the device is aimed at home networks, small businesses, and remote branch offices that need to provide secure Internet and intranet services, according to Sun. The device is available in configurations that start at US$1,149, and it’s Mac and PC-compatible.
Described in one customer testimonial as “a no-fuss network-in-a-box,” the
Cobalt Qube 3
provides the ability for companies and individuals to set up their own file server, Web server, e-mail server, and Internet firewall straight from a single machine. Support for Interbase 6, MySQL, and Postgres is also included, if you need to serve databases. The self-contained server includes all the tools you’ll need to get the job done.
The Cobalt Qube 3’s security features include a built-in firewall and support for Virtual Private Networking. IPsec and Microsoft PPTP VPN services are supported. All the management happens from a Web browser-based interface, and the appliance can automatically update itself with the latest patches using Sun BlueLinQ technology.
If you’re looking for an ancillary device to use as part of a larger network, the Cobalt Qube 3 integrates with Sun’s Cobalt Control Station, enabling system managers to administer the device remotely.
Sun said the Cobalt Qube 3 is shipping now. The device runs from $1,149 to $2,099 depending on configuration. Software is available as a free downloadable upgrade to existing Cobalt Qube users.