Allaire Plans Unified Offerings

SAN MATEO (03/10/2000) - Allaire Corp. next week will outline its strategy, including new products and initiatives, for offering a comprehensive platform for the creation of Internet-based business applications.

A major part of the company's strategy will include increased Java support, first in the form of a Java application server, JRun 3.0. The new product, which will support the Java 2, Enterprise Edition (J2EE) specification, is in beta now and is due in the second quarter.

Java support will be expanded in the first half of next year with an update of Allaire's ColdFusion Web application server, code-named Pharaoh. The upgrade will integrate the current JRun and ColdFusion offerings into a single, Java-based application server that will offer backward-compatibility with both ColdFusion and JRun applications.

Allaire's Spectra suite will also be upgraded as part of the strategy, with support due by the end of this year for advanced merchandising, such as catalog management, order processing, and dynamic pricing.

In the first half of next year, Spectra will sport new visual tools, including a common administrative console, a single integrated development environment with Java support, a new version of Allaire's HomeSite HTML editor, and business productivity tools.

This fall, the company will launch a new product initiative, code-named Tron, which will include an XML-based business-to-business integration server for online commerce.

Finally, Allaire is working on Web systems management software, code-named Harvest, which will automate the monitoring and control of server farms and provide advanced replication technology for deploying applications without service interruption.

According to Steve Garone, a research manager at International Data Corp., in Framingham, Mass., the road map should position Allaire as a potential leader in the emerging Internet business platform market.

Allaire Corp., in Cambridge, Mass., can be reached at www.allaire.com.

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