The server is designed to let Apple users create and maintain Web sites and comes bundled with a CD-ROM of third-party Internet-development software including PageMill 1.0 from Adobe Systems for creating Web pages without having to learn HTML; Progressive Network's RealAudio 1.0 for serving audio content from a site; and Netscape Communications' Navigator 2.0 browser. The CD-ROM is valued at $4,000.
But that's not all. The Internet Server package also includes two new releases of Apple's Workgroup Servers announced today to provide Web developers a platform for Mac OS-based applications services and AppleShare file and print services.
The two new Workgroup Server models--the 7250 and 8550--are the first Apple servers to be built on the industry-standard Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) bus architecture; they use a 120-MHz PowerPC 601 processor and 132-MHz PowerPC 604 processor, respectively.
The Apple Internet Server Solution is set to ship in March priced at: $2,299 including the NuBus-based 6150 Workgroup Server Model; $3,299 including the new 7250 Workgroup Server; and $6,449 including the high-end 8550 Workgroup Server. The first two come configured with 16MB of RAM and a 1.2GB hard drive. The high-end model comes with 24MB of RAM and a 2GB hard drive.
The new Workgroup Servers are available immediately in standalone versions priced at $2,889 for the 7250 and $7,199 for the 8550. In March, Apple will also deliver three Workgroup Server packages bundled with third-party software and aimed at three separate markets: small and medium-sized businesses, schools, and publishing organizations.
Apple officials have said that new products and services for Internet users will be critical to the company's financial and strategic rescue plan after a $69 million loss for its last quarter and the replacement of CEO Michael Spindler with Gilbert Amelio.