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Author Topic:   Amir Kiai, Iranian Immigrant and High-Tech Entrepreneur
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posted October 02, 2001 16:37     Click Here to See the Profile for moe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Having moved to the U.S. from Iran as a teenager in 1978, Orange County, Calif.-based Amir Kiai has nurtured his affinity for electronics into success as a high-tech entrepreneur.
After receiving his electronics engineering degree from ITT Technical Institute, Kiai formed a trio of computer companies including his latest venture, Irvine-based Internet server appliance maker UVNetworks, Inc.
“My long-term goal is to build a highly successful technology firm by providing state of the art solutions that the market place is demanding.” said Kiai, UVNetworks president and CEO. “I believe UVNetworks can be that company.”
After forming UVNetworks in the spring of last year, Kiai and his handpicked team of managers and engineers set out to develop easy-to-use server appliances for e-minded small and mid-sized companies to host and manage their own Web sites, as well as for Web hosting companies to have a more cost-effective solution.
Kiai selected the 64-bit Sun Solaris™ platform for the Company’s first web hosting plug-and-play server appliance, because it represents the best technology available. The result of the company’s intense engineering efforts is the WebBox family of Internet server appliances. “The WebBox 1000 represents the best of breed solution based on our research of the Internet server market,” Kiai said. “We came to the realization that the small and mid-sized corporate market didn’t need all of the costly and cumbersome bells and whistles associated with general purpose servers.
“In stark contrast, our server appliances equips the small to mid-level corporate market with an affordable space-saving device for efficiently handling a predefined set of Web management and hosting applications.”

Industry analyst group Dataquest validates Kiai’s entry into the Internet server appliance market - calling the devices a “hot” - radically different alternative to general purpose servers. The research firm forecasts the appearance of Internet server appliances in the majority of corporate entities by 2004.
And while the technology sector has been in decline of late, the worldwide server industry remains strong, according to a recent Dataquest report.
Which is good news for Kiai and his future plans for UVNetworks.

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