IBM has announced a new version of its ecommerce software, Net.Commerce and Catalog Architect, with improved Web site handling capabilities.
Version 3.2 of Net.Commerce and Catalog Architect will be released by the end of August and have been enhanced to deal with spikes in traffic volumes.
Karl Salnoske, general manager of IBM's ecommerce software division, said: "The ecommerce market is booming and we want to ensure our customers ecommerce sites are operational around the clock."
Improvements have been made to Net.Commerce's database access and performance monitoring.
Salnoske claimed that dynamic page caching has been improved by 30 per cent to 100 per cent, "to speed up the time for customers to load data." Actual performance will depend on other factors like network configuration and "mix of browsers" he said.
The secure socket layer (SSL) payment protocol has been made selective, "so customers can identify what information they want to be encrypted," said Salnoske, "and Tivoli systems management support has also been added."
The migration of Net.Commerce to Java continues - its catalogue tool has been redesigned to take advantage of IBM Websphere Application Server Technology. It uses Java Server Pages and Javabeans to provide more control of page rendering and Web page design tools.
Catalog Architect now includes XML support so customers can, "import and export product information from their existing database into Net.Commerce," said Salnoske.
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Mitch Kramer, analyst at Patricia Seybold Group said: "Its strengths, particularly its integration with external applications, make it attractive to large companies who want to deploy an electronic commerce server as the Web channel for existing systems."
Net.Commerce will cost from $5,000 for a single CPU licence. The professional version which comes with Catalog Architect in the box is prices at $20,000 for a single CPU licence.
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