Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) May 26, 2007
Server Partners, LLC, developer of the award-winning FileEngine® Small Business Server, and the first company to offer its server hardware and software to customers at no charge, today announced an OEM agreement with Novell of Waltham, Mass. Server Partners will use SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell in its next generation of free FileEngine servers.
FileEngine, awarded 2006 Networking Hardware Product of the Year by Computer Reseller News, is a feature-complete file server appliance offered to businesses through a unique distribution and service model. Server Partners is now the only Novell OEM to offer SUSE Linux Enterprise Server bundled with a robust server hardware package included as part of a low-cost managed IT service for small businesses. Customers subscribe to FileEngine's "No Worries" service plan and receive the server, installation, 24/7 monitoring, remote administration, updates and a full replacement warranty, all for under $8 a day.
FileEngine offers a simple alternative to other file servers that use complex software with burdensome maintenance requirements. Network World called FileEngine a 'Category Breaker' due to its combination of features that are not available anywhere else at any price-let alone for free. Now, FileEngine will leverage Novell software to deliver a low-cost, safe and secure way for businesses to share the right information with the right people. FileEngine's predictable total cost of ownership (TCO) includes multiple backup systems, backup media and an uninterruptible power supply (UPS.) In addition, there are no per-user license charges.
"We are excited about this partnership," said Kim J. Brand, CEO of Server Partners. "Offering a free server with a "No Worries" promise and Novell's operating system will give millions of businesses the file server choice they've been looking for." Brand added, "Linux is already known for its reliability, economy and freedom. Novell is a recognized technology leader with decades of experience and credibility. The combination presents a compelling value proposition."
Unlike other servers, FileEngine is configured prior to delivery and arrives ready to work. This includes set-up for the users, groups and File Storage Areas needed by the business.
Once installed, FileEngine's WatchBot® system 'checks in' regularly to report on server health parameters. The same system enables secure remote administration by trained FileEngineers® should it be needed.
Automated backups copy data to dual layer DVDs - a more portable backup solution than tape. In addition, daily archives are stored for up to two weeks, and a 'recycle bin' feature provides insurance against 'Oops' moments. Disaster recovery is built in. An integrated off-site storage service is available for an additional monthly charge.
"Small businesses can now enjoy the enterprise-class security and reliability of running FileEngine on top of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server," said Justin Steinman, director of marketing for Linux and Open Platforms at Novell. "FileEngine running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server offers a compelling value to small businesses who are looking for a file management solution designed to meet the specific needs of their companies."
"What our customers love most is the predictable cost and no longer having to worry about the safety or security of their information," says Brand. "FileEngine is more than a server, it's a promise."
About Server Partners:
Server Partners, LLC is an Indianapolis-based technology company that has been developing and delivering computer hardware, software and managed technology solutions to small and mid-sized businesses since 2000. Server Partners' "No Worries" FileEngine technology provides the foundation for a suite of products and services that include the FileEngine Small Business Server with WatchBot® proactive system monitoring. Server Partners' FileEngine technology leverages open source software to deliver compelling customer value and operational reliability. For more information, visit http://www.FileEngine.com or call 317-917-2000.
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