Red Hat unwraps Linux-based e-commerce server

Red Hat Software took a big step toward bolstering its e-commerce strategy Tuesday, announcing the E-Commerce Server that is anchored by its own 6.0 version of Linux and bundled with the Apache Web server.

The company will primarily target the new applications server at Internet service providers and other smaller businesses that feel they don't have the staff or the time to devote to technology issues and who want to spend more time focusing on their businesses.

"We think this [Linux E-Commerce Server] can help level the playing field with symmetrical multiprocessor support for up to four processors along with security and good scalability,'' said Tim Buckley, Red Hat's chief operating officer.

The new server product, which contains the RSA Data Security 128-bit encryption engine, also comes with a separate e-commerce directory. In the directory are a number of finished and trial versions of e-commerce software from several vendors, including Hewlett-Packard and MiniVend.

The Netscape Roaming Module is also included in the package, which should help users make better use of the Apache Web server as a Netscape Roaming Access Server, according to company officials. Other products include the Squid proxy and cache server and the Webalyzer Web server log.

The Linux E-Commerce Server is priced at $149.99 and can be purchased directly form the company or through its network of authorised retailers.

ISPs and corporate developers can buy additional support programs through Red Hat's recently announced Response Link support center.

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