Data General (DG) is racing against Compaq and Apple to be the first hardware company to launch a tailor-made Web server.
DG has also signed a partnership agreement to put Citrix Systems' Internet software, WinFrame, on its Aviion servers and hopes that its decision not to build thin clients will allow it to provide servers for all the NC, NetPC and terminal makers developing appliances now. The hardware company also said it has not committed itself to Sun's Java or Microsoft's Active-X technology so it can sign agreements with any of the players in the thin client arena.
David Dale, senior consultant Thiin City, DG's development spin off company, said Compaq is set to release a similar server which is tailored specifically to manage Web sites. 'What we want at DG is a 'server in a box' Web product - hardware tuned for that ideal, which can grow with the customer's needs,' he said.
A Compaq representative admitted the manufacturer plans to introduce tailored Intranet servers within weeks. 'But they will come with software that enables them to be enhanced for particular Net uses and operating systems when they are installed,' he said.
DG's Web server beta version will ship in Spring 1997 but Apple hopes to launch its model, codenamed Deep Dish, at Mac World San Francisco next month. A source claimed Deep Dish is 'a workgroup server with some tweaks'. Apple refused to discuss the product as it has not formally launched the machine.
Three upgrades to Aviion, DG's Intel Pentium Pro-based Aviion product line, have been launched by the company. The entry-level AV 1600 has a 200MHz processor, the AV 2600 tower features dual 200MHz CPUs and the scaleable AV 3600R is rackmounted. Prices range from $3,900 to #13,300.
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