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Compaq bundles three Internet servers

Compaq Computer covered its Internet server bases today with the decision to bundle Internet server software from Microsoft, Netscape, and Novell with all its ProLiant and ProSignia server models.

Compaq Computer covered its Internet server bases today with the decision to bundle Internet server software from Microsoft, Netscape, and Novell with all its ProLiant and ProSignia server models.

The company will provide a single-server license for CD-ROM versions of all three Internet software servers: Microsoft's Internet Information Server, Netscape's Commerce Server, and Novell's NetWare Web Server.

Compaq also announced a strategic relationship with Netscape that will result in collaborative development and marketing including performance optimization and benchmarking collaboration. Compaq will support Netscape Commerce Server in an upgrade of its SmartStart tool for simplifying server installation and optimization, Compaq officials said. Future versions of Commerce Server for Windows NT will likewise be adapted to support SmartStart.

The announcement of a Netscape-Compaq strategic partnership comes one day after Compaq endorsed Microsoft's Internet Information Server, which made its first appearance yesterday in a free downloadable version now posted on Microsoft's web site. Microsoft's announcement particularly targeted Netscape Commerce Server, claiming that its software runs as much as four times faster than Commerce Server.