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Netscape debuts new Net server

The company rolls out the latest version of its Internet applications server for intranets and extranets.

Netscape Communications (NSCP) today rolled out the latest version of its Internet applications server for intranets and extranets.

Netscape said Application Server 2.0 deploys business applications beyond a company's intranet to include partners, customers, and suppliers in business processes.

Shipping today, the new server is the first to be delivered as a result of Netscape's recent acquisition of Silicon Valley start-up Kiva Software in a stock deal worth $179.5 million. The deal gave Netscape a high-end application server to add to its line of enterprise server products.

Netscape said the server boosts scalability through load balancing features and end-to-end performance enhancements. It also features a graphical user interface for administration facilities, connectivity to existing enterprise applications and legacy systems through server extensions, and integration with TP Monitors including BEA Tuxedo and IBM's CICS and IMS systems.

The server is priced at $25,000 per CPU on Microsoft's Windows NT and at $35,000 per CPU on Sun's Solaris, Hewlett Packard's HP-UX, and Silicon Graphics' IRIX operating systems.

Netscape today also launched its Netscape Extensions Builder 2.0 development environment for building applications and Netscape Extension Builder, a tool kit that enables users to develop server extensions to access legacy systems, client-server applications, and third-party Internet services, like ad servers and credit card payment systems.