Netscape launched Version 4.0 of its Directory Server yesterday, along with two bundles of security certificate management and meta-directory software.
Netscape claims to have doubled the performance of the software with the release of version 4.0, saying that it now supports 50 million users and 5,000 queries per second.
The two new directory bundles are Directory for Secure Ecommerce and Meta-Directory 1.0. Directory for Secure Ecommerce bundles Directory Server 4.0 with a new Certificate Management System 4.0, an upgrade to Certificate Server that handles PKI-based security for millions of users, as well as Delegated Administrator 4.0, an application that allows customers to update their own information across an extranet without having to call the administrator.
Meta-Directory 1.0 is the fruit of a collaboration with messaging and directory software company ISOCOR, which allows out-of-the-box integration of Directory Server with other vendors' directory products.
A bundle to be available later this year will also include Directory Server 4.0 and key connectors.
Todd Goldman, Netscape's director of product marketing, claimed: "We have no intention of providing a NOS (Network Operating System) directory, which tends to be decentralised and handle smaller directories, whereas we are going for large-scale, ISP-level directories. (Directory Server) should not be compared to Active Directory. Our direct competition comes from companies that use an RDBMS to solve the same problem, or X.500 providers."
Pricing for these products is per extranet user. Netscape Directory Server 4.0 is #1.50, Delegated Administrator 4.0 is #1, and Certificate Management System 4.0 is #6 when sold as separate components. The Directory for Secure Ecommerce 4.0 bundle costs #7. Netscape Meta-Directory 1.0 will cost #2.30 per extranet user when it is released later this year.
The company announced a new version of its Web server, Enterprise Server 3.6, that improves performance and scalability.
The cost of Enterprise Server 3.6 will vary depending on the implementation, but will be about #15 per user for a 100-user licence.
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