Netscape made sweeping changes to the pricing structure of its server range last week as it launched three new additions to the suite.
The new pricing structure for SuiteSpot is based on a simple per-user basis. Netscape's previous scheme had complex rules on the number of users per licence and was difficult to understand. The new scheme will also make it easier for smaller companies to buy licences and easier for the channel to sell. From 1 August pricing will begin at $3,495 (#2,068) for a 50-user licence for the Standard Edition and $4,750 for the Professional version.
The pricing scheme was accompanied by three new additions to the SuiteSpot family: Compass Server, Calendar Server and NetShare. The first, which is exclusive to the Professional Edition of SuiteSpot, is a content management product designed to automate information search and delivery. In the coming months, it will be integrated with the push components of NetCaster. Calendar server is a scheduling tool, which the company plans to link to PDA hardware. NetShare provides a single point from which users can publish and manage content on intranets.
The Professional Edition contains Compass Server, Mission Control configuration toolset and the Proxy server and Certificate server in addition to the elements of the Standard edition.
"Our feedback suggested that SuiteSpot was too complicated," explained Srivats Sampath, vice president of product marketing at Netscape. "Now it's all you can eat for one price."
Separately, Netscape revealed plans for a new management technology to be built into SuiteSpot. Codenamed Lava, the management software will incorporate the LDAP directory protocol and will have an interface written in Java. The product is based on technology licensed from US firm NCWare, some of whose top staff recently moved to Netscape. The software will allow users to centrally manage servers, directories and security from the browser.
Lava will ship with Apollo, the next generation of Netscape's SuiteSpot server range. Apollo is expected to become available in the first half of next year.
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