Apple Computer Inc has done rather well with its first generation World Wide Web servers which are adapted Mac OS servers fitted with Internet software and the company is hoping to do a whole lot better with the second generation. However these are still Mac OS devices and not the expected models that run under […]
Apple Computer Inc has done rather well with its first generation World Wide Web servers which are adapted Mac OS servers fitted with Internet software and the company is hoping to do a whole lot better with the second generation. However these are still Mac OS devices and not the expected models that run under IBM Corp’s AIX Unix. For the second-generation Apple Internet Server Solution for the World Wide Web 2.0 rounds up software from a whole string of Internet software developers and runs it on new Workgroup Server models. Partners include Addison-Wesley Publishing, Adobe Systems Inc, Clearway Technologies Inc, EveryWare Development Inc, Kitchen Sink Software Inc, Maxum Development Corp, Open Door Networks Inc and Progressive Networks Inc, which are offering packages designed to enable users to create attention-grabbing World Wide Web sites that include graphics, audio clips, video and database information. The new line uses Apple’s new Open Transport 1.1 networking architecture, which is optimized for increased server performance, the company claims. WebStar 1.2.5, combined with these new breakthroughs in Mac OS networking, is claimed to be over 300% faster than WebStar 1.0. The Apple Internet Server Solution combines what is described as over $4,000 of software on a single CD-ROM, with WebStar 1.2.5 from the StarNine arm of Quarterdeck Corp; PageMill 1.0 from Adobe, which obviates the need to learn HyperText Mark- up Language; RealAudio Server 1.0 from Progressive Networks; NetCloak 2.0 from Maxum Development for security and control; HomeDoor 1.0 from Open Door Networks, which enables multiple domain names to be created at a single Mac OS web server; Apple’s MacDNS domain name server software for Mac OS; ServerStat 1.0 from Kitchen Sink; BBEdit 3.5.2 from Bare Bones Software Inc; Netscape 2.0 from Netscape Communications Corp; AppleSearch 1.5.1; Acrobat Pro 2.1 from Adobe; MapServe and WebMap from CityNet Express Inc and Kelly Campbell; Tango and Butler SQL from EveryWare Development Inc; HyperCard and AppleScript. The new Mac OS-based Workgroup Servers are the 120MHz PowerPC 601-based 7250/120 and the 132MHz 604-based 8550/132, Apple’s first servers to use the PCI bus. Both run System 7.5.3 which includes Open Transport 1.1 networking. Available within 30 days, the Workgroup Server 6150/66 with 16Mb, 1.2Gb disk and CD-ROM is $2,300. The 8550/132 is Apple’s most powerful and expandable Mac OS server, and has 132MHz PowerPC 604 on an upgradable CPU board, three PCI slots, two SCSI direct memory access buses for transfers up to 10M-bytes per second, room for a second disk, and up to 512Mb memory. A 8550/132 with 24Mb, 2Gb disk and CD-ROM is $6,450.