Mid-range systems house Digital Equipment Corporation ramped up its presence in the Internet/Intranet market this week with a spate of product announcements aimed at Internet Service Providers and large businesses.
For large businesses the company is offering new intranet search features and enhanced management capabilities on its Alpha server bundles and for ISPs it has introduced a new turn key rack mounted system which will allow for the addition of routers and modems as they grow in size.
Digital has some aggressive plans for its Intranet business. Last year the company claims it did about $110 million on Internet packaged products in Europe alone and it hopes to triple this to about $300 million in 1997. ?David Probert director of the European Internet Business Group at Digital believes that eighty percent of all business will be conducted in the Intranet market place within two years. ?Two year ago people were paying a lot of money for customer services and the focus was on buying boxes,? he said. ?Now the focus is on embedded intranet systems and the value add is in the content and applications.?
The company?s new AlphaServer for Intranet Searches has the capability to index every word in an organisations web pages. Available now for about $73,840 it includes integrated Alta Vista intranet search software, an Alphaserver 4000 5/400 and the Digital Unix operating system.
The new management ?plus? options which include Netscape Enterprise Server software and Digital?s Serverworks management system is initially available on three new models: the Alphaserver 300 4/266, the Alphaserver 1000A 5/400 and the Alphaserver 4100/5/400 SMP system. Pricing for the servers begins at $6,995 and Plus options start at $9,090.
The new rack mounted solution for ISPs will include billing software and networking software and has room for the addition of further routers and modems as the ISPs grow in size.
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