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Informix jumps into intranet market

The two vendors pitch workgroup database solutions for corporate intranets.

Informix Software became the latest database developer to target the booming intranet market today, announcing a deal with Netscape Communications to introduce two database and Web server bundles aimed at intranet workgroups.

Both Informix Workgroup Solution bundles include Netscape's low-end FastTrack Server and Navigator Gold HTML editing tool. OnLine Workgroup Server is designed for multi-user database access on intranet LANs and comes with data replication capabilities and a graphical administration tool. OnLine Workstation is a single-user version of OnLine Workgroup Server geared toward database application developers in small or remote offices.

Online Workgroup Server is priced at $295 per user, with a minimum of five-users, while OnLine Workstation is priced at $499. Both products are currently available on Windows NT, with a Unix version of Online Workgroup Server slated for release this year.

Informix is the third major database vendor to make significant forays into what is becoming an intensely competitive intranet market. Today's announcement comes only one week after its chief rivals, Oracle and Sybase, announced plans to provide Web links to corporate database servers.

Like Informix, Sybase has also signed a deal with Netscape to resell Web server software. Oracle is pushing its own Web server technology but is developing tools to link dissimilar servers.

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