Netscape and Silicon Graphics (SGI) are to cooperate on developing very high end Internet servers for running heavily accessed Web sites.
SGI has licensed Netscape's Fastrack Web server software code to integrate with its Irix Unix-based operating system. It plans to release a Netscape-integrated version of Irix before the end of the year and a high performance hardware server aimed at Internet service providers by mid-1998.
The aim is to offer large corporates and ISPs the choice of a single large and very fast server to replace a number of smaller servers. The company said it hoped to offer Web servers running 10 times as quickly as existing technology within a year.
Netscape also announced another new feature for its home site, http://home.netscape.com, called Netcenter. This would offer registered users the opportunity to create private Web discussion pages and to access services, such as automatic notification of updates to Netscape's and partners' software products.
This new feature is yet another move by Netscape to increase the revenue generated through the large number of visits to its site from advertising and commerce fees.
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