In an effort to get a foothold in the Internet service provider and high-end Internet markets, Digital is working to add more Internet features to its 64-bit Unix operating system.
As part of its move, the company will integrate Java and an HTTP server into Digital Unix this year, releasing a CD-ROM containing an implementation of Java Virtual Machine for the operating system and adding to it Netscape's FastTrack HTTP Server.
In December Digital will ship a CD-ROM containing an implementation of Java virtual machine for Digital Unix that enables it to run Java applets, said Don Harbert, vice president of Digital's Unix business segment. The CD-ROM will also contain a just-in-time compiler to translate Java applets into native code.
In the next 60 days, Digital is also expected to announce the integration of Netscape's FastTrack HTTP Server into its operating system. Digital Unix 4.0 already features the Navigator browser.
Adding further Internet functionality to 64-bit Digital Unix will enable the company to be one of the first to target the high-end Internet market, which includes ISPs and large intranets that require enterprise-level, high availability systems.
Currently, Digital is the only major Unix player with a full 64-bit operating system. As competitors such as Sun, Hewlett-Packard and SCO move forward with their own 64-bit road maps in 1997, Digital will be hard-pressed to maintain its lead.
In addition to more Internet features, those improvements will include better system management and advanced clustering. Low-end and midrange Internet markets will be addressed through Digital's integration of Windows NT into its product lines.
Digital is also testing an implementation of IP Version 6 - the successor to the Internet TCP/IP protocol that will provide an unlimited number of IP addresses.
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