Faster, more scalable Java performance is the key to the latest Web server product from the Sun-Netscape Alliance. The iPlanet Web Server, Enterprise Edition 4.0, which began shipping Tuesday, is the successor to several generations of Netscape Web servers, but adds Java functionality from Sun, company officials said.
Version 4.0 of iPlanet Web Server can serve up data much more nimbly than competitors or earlier Netscape products because it's based on the latest Java Servlet 2.1 standard, which is rewritten for better performance, said Rebecca Hansen, product marketing manager for the Sun/Netscape Alliance.
It also gets better performance from being the first Web server to integrate Java applets directly "in process," said Basil Hashem, group product manager for Web servers at the Alliance.
Other new features include a redesigned, more user-friendly graphic administration interface; remote Java servlet and JVM administration tools; support for distributed administration; and better scalability, thanks to direct integration with iPlanet's Directory Server, Hashem added.
The iPlanet Web Server 4.0 costs $1,495 per server CPU. This reflects a change from the previous pricing strategy of charging per named user or server, Hashem said. A free trial version is also available for download from the company site, he added.
It is available now for the Windows NT, Sun Solaris, and HP-UX platforms, Hashem said. In about a month, Sun will ship three more Unix versions: AIX, Irix, and Tru64 (the Compaq/Digital flavor of Unix), he added.
Information on products from the Sun-Netscape Alliance, based in Mountain View, California, is at http://www.iplanet.com.