Dell, Novell Team to Speed Up Corporate Internet Access

Dell Computer Corp and Novell Inc. are teaming up in an effort to speed access to the Internet and reduce data transmission costs for business customers. Dell will sell and factory-install Novell's Internet Caching System (ICS) software with its PowerEdge line of network servers.

Dell will market the combo as an "Internet Caching Appliance," which it says is a computer that offloads routine work from a Web server in order to improve overall network efficiency and Web performance.

"A range of companies from large corporations to small businesses and Internet Service Providers can benefit from the increased performance, relatively low cost, and ease of administration that Internet caching appliances provide," says Michael Lambert, senior vice president of Dell's Enterprise Systems Group.

The Dell appliance aims to speed performance by storing frequently accessed Web pages, then quickly retrieving them upon a user's request, eliminating the need to traverse the Internet to get the same data. The appliance is automatically set to refresh the content of the Web pages and can be used to add new features to a Web environment such as virus scanning, content filtering and user access reporting. The appliance can also be administered through a Web-browser interface.

In addition to this announcement, Dell already sells and factory-installs Oracle's database appliance software, Oracle 8i. Last year, Dell announced an OEM agreement with Network Appliance Corp. ( under which it plans to bring to market a network-attached storage appliance later this year. -- Brian Ploskina, Assistant Editor

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