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Review: Small-Business Server Bake-Off

Net Integration's Nitix Linux small-business server offering packs every bit of the feature punch of Microsoft's just-launched Small Business Server 2003 R2, but at less than half the price, according to a CRN Test Center review.

In a Test Center bake-off of the newest small-business server offerings, Nitix bested Linux players Xandros and Novell and ended up in dead-heat tie with the software giant on functionality.

The powerful Nitix feature set topped Microsoft in installation and disaster recovery, but Microsoft captured the top spot in intranet and remote-access functionality.

That said, the Nitix product is priced at $599 for five users compared with $1,299 for five users for Microsoft Small Business Server. Nitix opens the door for solution providers to target cost-conscious small-business customers.

Xandros finished just behind Nitix and Microsoft, besting all comers in the groupware category, where it holds a decided advantage because of its AJAX-based Web client, according to Test Center engineers.

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