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Olivetti sets up club for one-stop server shopping

Olivetti Personal Computers yesterday underlined its commitment to growing its server business with the establishment of the Olivetti Server Club, a grouping of eight partners aimed at making server solutions easier to purchase off the peg.

The group comprises marquee names like Intel, Cisco, Netscape, Novell, Oracle and SCO as well as UPS maker APC and SCSI and RAID subsystem maker DPT. The Club will work together to harmonise compatibility and interoperability between products and services.

Launching the Club in Venice, Italy yesterday, Guiseppe Kuszli, director of Olivetti's server business unit, said: "No longer will anybody be able to say that servers are Olivetti's best kept secret. The Web industry year lasts about four months and there is no way to win unless you partner strong companies. This is just the first example of exciting marketing you will see from us this year."