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From Brian Behlendorf <br...@hyperreal.org>
Subject Fwd: netscape/SGI bundle for high-end internet servers
Date Wed, 03 Sep 1997 01:10:18 GMT

Silly silly silly.

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>http://www.news.com/News/Item/0%2C4%2C13860%2C00.html?nd
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>                  SGI, Netscape to build
>                  high-end servers 
>                  By Alex Lash
>                  September 2, 1997, 3:00 p.m. PT 
>
>                  update Netscape Communications
>                  (NSCP) and Silicon Graphics (SGI) are
>                  combining their software and hardware
>                  to create high-end Internet servers
>                  targeted at media-intensive Web
>                  "supersites" and major Internet service
>                  providers, the companies said today. 
>
>                  The companies will work together to
>                  integrate Netscape's Web and directory
>                  servers into SGI's Irix operating
>                  system--a variant of Unix--as part of
>                  what SGI calls the "Everest Initiative,"
>                  an effort to create what both companies
>                  say will be the world's fastest and most
>                  scalable Web server systems. SGI
>                  estimates that the server hardware
>                  enhanced with Netscape's technology
>                  will be out in two years.. 
>
>                  To that effect, SGI has licensed
>                  Netscape's source code--a first for
>                  Netscape, according to chief technology
>                  officer Marc Andreessen--and will
>                  integrate it directly into Irix. No
>                  financial details of the collaboration
>                  were disclosed, although SGI CEO Ed
>                  McCracken said his company expects to
>                  spend $250 million a year on what has
>                  been dubbed the Everest Initiative. 
>
>                  "A lot of people layer on Netscape's
>                  server software, but SGI is talking about
>                  taking the source code and tuning it to
>                  run on the hardware," said Jean
>                  Bozman, software analyst at
>                  International Data Corporation. "By
>                  integrating the Web server with OS,
>                  you get a more efficient and faster
>                  [solution], and they'll do it on big
>                  machines, not just small ones." 
>
>                  The initiative could also be a way for
>                  SGI and Netscape to keep Microsoft's
>                  32-bit Windows NT operating system
>                  from making any headway in the
>                  high-end 64-bit Unix server market. 
>
>                  "You cannot have scalability without 64
>                  bit, and making the transition from 32-
>                  to 64 bit takes a few years," said SGI's
>                  McCracken. 
>
>                  "SGI is suggesting it can target this
>                  market with an integrated solution and
>                  be head-and-shoulders above where
>                  NT solutions will be two years from
>                  now," said IDC's Bozman. "But
>                  remember that Unix servers already
>                  dominate in that space." 
>
>                  In the meantime, the companies will
>                  take incremental steps to get to the
>                  all-in-one hardware-software solution.
>                  In six months or so, Netscape will
>                  release a set of its servers tuned
>                  specifically to run on Irix. 
>
>                  The out-of-the-box solution should be
>                  a good one, especially for ISPs that
>                  don't have a lot of programming
>                  expertise, said one Internet software
>                  analyst, but Netscape nonetheless has to
>                  be careful not to dilute their
>                  cross-platform message by
>                  collaborating with a specific vendor. 
>
>                  "Netscape has gotten a lot more savvy
>                  in the past couple of weeks about
>                  getting its products into more hands
>                  through the channels that Microsoft
>                  often dominates," said Don DePalma,
>                  senior analyst at Forrester Research.
>                  "But if [their products] suddenly got
>                  better on SGI than on other platforms,
>                  they could dissipate the message of
>                  openness that lets them take the high
>                  road when it comes to competing with
>                  Microsoft." 
>
>                  To make sure the blueprints for the new
>                  machines meet the needs of their target
>                  audience, SGI is forming an advisory
>                  board made up of large ISPs and
>                  media-heavy Web sites including
>                  AT&T, CitySearch, Discovery Online,
>                  Excite, and SABR. 
>
>                  Netscape today also announced that the
>                  latest release of the FastTrack Web
>                  server is available in beta form on the
>                  company's Web site. 
>
>                  FastTrack is the company's entry-level
>                  Web server tailored for individual and
>                  small-group use. It is not included in
>                  the company's SuiteSpot bundle of
>                  enterprise-level servers, but the new
>                  version 3.0 will include tools to
>                  synchronize administration with
>                  SuiteSpot servers. FastTrack 3.0 will
>                  also support HTTP 1.1, and Lightweight
>                  Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
>                  directory services. 
>
>                  Berkeley Software Design, Bull
>                  Worldwide Information Systems,
>                  Caldera, Corel, Digital Equipment
>                  Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, NCR,
>                  SCO, Siemens Nixdorf, Silicon
>                  Graphics, and Unisys all agreed to
>                  bundle FastTrack with their hardware
>                  and software products. 
>
>                  FastTrack 3.0 will ship in the fourth
>                  quarter for $295. 
>
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