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Cobalt, Coyote Point Team Up to Offer Hosting Tool

Server appliance developer Cobalt Networks Inc. Friday joined forces with Coyote Point Systems to offer clients an integrated solution for ISPs deploying load balanced server clusters.

Offered together are Cobalt's RaQ Internet server appliances and Coyote Point's Equalizer 4.0, an intelligent load balancing appliance. The RaQ offers turn-key virtual hosting in a rack-mountable enclosure designed for high density installation.

Equalizer intelligently routes traffic among multiple server clusters, ensuring high availability and access to mission-critical Internet applications. Equalizer balances HTTP, e-mail, news and FTP traffic and supports "sticky connections" required to handle Active Server Pages and SSL. Active Content Verification ensures that not only server hardware but target applications are fully operational.

"Clustered RaQs managed by Equalizer provide system administrators with previously-unimagined levels of scalability, availability and manageability," said Tom Wolf, chief technology officer of Coyote Point Systems, which is a leading provider of server management devices.

"As online traffic continues to explode, companies seeking tremendous bang for their hardware buck should love the RaQ-Equalizer combo."

Starting at $1,299, each RaQ can handle millions of Web page requests per day at a fraction of the cost associated with traditional Unix or Windows NT Web servers. Priced at $3,995, the entry level Equalizer 250 can balance up to 64 clusters of eight servers each, supporting 64,000 simultaneous connections at T1 rates.

The solution was just the icing on the cake for Cobalt (COBT), which went public Friday. At midday, the stock had skyrocketed 106-5/8 to 128-5/8. The company Thursday sold 5 million shares at $22 each.