has announced the release of the new 1GHz PowerElf server appliance. Developed for small businesses, schools and branch offices, the US$1,699 PowerElf is billed as being able to be operating in about 15 minutes.
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The PowerElf uses a Linux 2.2-based operating system and provides cross-platform file and printer sharing capabilities, but it’s much more than a network attached storage (NAS) appliance. The device also incorporates Web and e-mail service, virtual hosting capabilities, firewall security, caching and proxy services, and even virtual private networking (VPN) service for remote networking and administration.
Recent software improvements include anti-virus scanning for mail and file service, content filtering, service controls, advanced system logs, port forwarding and more.
The PowerElf sports platform-agnostic administration capabilities; the server can be managed over any Mac, Windows or Linux-equipped system running a Web browser with 128-bit encryption. System administrators can also administer advanced functions through a command console accessible via SSH and Java.
Greencomputer offers a variety of customization options for the PowerElf; the unit comes equipped standard with 128MB RAM but can be upgraded to 512MB; the system ships with a single 40GB hard disk, but can be configured with single or mirrored drives up to 100GB. All systems now ship standard with the 1GHz processor.
Standard features include advanced diagnostics that provide detailed info about the server; port forwarding; logging; built-in packet filter firewall that supports network address translation; and much more. Options include RAID Level 1; optional tape back up; and more.