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Open Market to give server more speed

Open Market will update its Web server to allow faster connections to external applications such as databases.

Open Market plans next week to deliver an update of its Web server that will allow faster connections to external applications such as databases.

The company also today announced a deal with Internet consulting firm Utopia to package OpenMarket's Web server and electronic commerce software with Utopia's site design services.

Open Market's Secure WebServer 2.0 will include a FastCGI feature, designed to connect to other applications faster than traditional common gateway interface (CGI) programs, Open Market said. FastCGI connections can also be distributed across a network to link to existing corporate systems, while CGIs must reside on a server.

The new server will also support the latest versions of Secure Sockets Layer and Microsoft's Private Communications Technology encryption, virtual hosts, a server API, and improved forms-based administration.

For a limited time, the company will offer its Secure WebServer for $895.

Open Market will also bundle WebReporter 2.0, a tool for analyzing Web server activity, with WebServer 2.0. The company will sell the upgrade of WebReporter as a standalone product for $495.