The company today launched Informix-Online Extended Parallel Server 8.1 (OnLine XPS), a rewrite of its high-end parallel processing database server. With the release, Informix is attempting to give corporate IS users the tools they need to ease onto the Web massive corporate databases used for core business applications. The company is bundling Netscape Communications' Navigator Gold Web browser and Enterprise Server software with OnLine XPS 8.1.
Competitor Oracle is already taking a similar tack by bundling its Web Server with its Oracle 7.3 database server. Both companies are building Web-ready databases in anticipation of corporate users starting large-scale conversions of existing client-server applications for intranet use.
Intranet development and spending will ramp up considerably over the next few years, said Stan Dolberg, an analyst with Forrester Research.
Informix teams up with Netscape, HP