Netscape is moving up the enterprise food chain with a new version of the application server it acquired with Kiva Software last November. The Kiva platform, now renamed Netscape Application Server 2.0, is designed for developing demanding Internet applications such as Ecommerce. The server offers higher performance than its predecessor, through load balancing features, and better reliability thanks to failover, failure detection and recovery capabilities. Extensions for BEA Tuxedo and IBM MQSeries middleware add links to legacy systems. Netscape is also introducing two additions within the Application Server line. Netscape Application Builder is a development environment for enterprise applications in Java and C++ and works with tools such as Microsoft Visual Studio and Symantec Visual Cafe. The second product, Netscape Extension Builder, allows customers to build additional extensions to the Application Server for integration with existing applications. Analysts were impressed with the announcement of links to MQ Series and BEA Tuxedo. "This is an important step for Ecommerce," commented Martin Marshall, an analyst with Zona Research. "It drives down the pain level of developing solutions. It is much easier to program MQSeries than it is to program Cics and Netscape has taken it one step further because it has Java and C++ libraries that do the job for you." Netscape has also announced an alliance with Sybase to integrate Application Server 2.0 with Sybase Powersite Enterprise 1.0. Application Server 2.0 is available now, priced at $25,000 (#15,244) per CPU on Windows NT systems and $35,000 (#21,341) on Unix.
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