The Cobalt Qube was a computer server appliance made in the 1990s by Cobalt Networks. Our love for this little guy is why we wanted to pay homage to it and give it a new life. We've taken the beloved Qube and modified it with latest state of the art components. Only the outer shell is the same.
History of the Qube:
The Cobalt Qube was a computer server appliance made in the 1990s by Cobalt Networks. Our love for this little guy is why we wanted to pay homage to it and give it a new life. We've taken the beloved Qube and modified it with latest state of the art components.
In 1996, Cobalt was started up by three individuals: Vivek Mehra, Mark Orr, and Mark Wu. Mehra recalled that he and the other founders "had some half-baked ideas and a burning desire to build a company together." So evenings were spent brainstorming, ideas were taken up and dropped. Finally their idea of an all-in-one web and email server was born and they hit the ground running. At the time, the Internet was just catching on and this appliance would get people on the net without hassle.
Founded in 1996 as Cobalt Microserver, the company changed its name to Cobalt Networks Inc. in June 1998. The first sketch of the Qube was dated March 30, 1997 and in May of that same year the first clay model was completed. Orr came up with the Qube's cobalt-blue color, designer Bill Scott had the idea of the green LED on front, and Mehra had come up with its cube shape. On March 12, 1998 - which happened to be Mehra's birthday - the first Qube was shipped.
It's been a long road since then and the age of the Cobalt Qube is no longer. BUT you can still have one, now with even more power and possibilities than ever before! Paying homage to these wonderful cobalt-blue machines, we are building a limited run of 10 computers housed in original Cobalt Qube 3 cases.