* Linux-Based Everything Server

More proof the world is changing: an all-in-one Linux-based file, e-mail, web, database, DNS, FTP, etc. server.

By Erik J. Heels

First published 6/17/2003; Heels(dot)com Website; Clock Tower Law Group

Echo Engineering (http://www.echoengineering.com/) is building a Linux-based server to replace (or cooperate with) existing Windows servers. The EchoServe (http://www.echoengineering.com/EchoServe/) Small Business Server is designed to meet the internetworking needs of small businesses. The EchoServe Small Business Server can be a file server, e-mail server, web server, database server, DNS server, FTP server, firewall, mailing list server, proxy server, almost anything. In addition to building the servers, Echo Engineering provides automated monitoring and maintenance.

This is exactly the kind of product that small businesses need. It reminds me of the once-cool-but-now-quaint Whistle InterJet. The Whistle InterJet is an all-in-one Internet appliance (e-mail server, intranet server, and more) that won PC Computing’s MVP Award in 1997. Whistle was acquired by IBM in 1999. A lot has changed since 1997, and today’s small businesses need more. More flexibility, more scalability, more options, more power. Something more like the EchoServe Small Business Server.

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