In a move to seize the booming intranet market, Silicon Graphics today became the first hardware vendor to license Netscape Communications SuiteSpot server application suite by unveiling an intranet version of its WebForce turnkey system.
SGI calls WebForce Intranet an "intranet in a box" solution. The company said it will match SGI hardware with Netscape Communications' SuiteSpot, a suite announced just last week that includes Netscape's Enterprise Server, LiveWire Pro management software, Mail Server, News Server, Catalog Server, and Proxy Server. The system will also come with SGI's intranet Junction web site builder and its Cosmo Site Web content management tool for for managing HTML and VRML content and monitoring and analyzing site traffic.
WebForce Intranet is scheduled to ship in the second quarter. Pricing for the workgroup configurations, built around SGI's Indy desktop systems, will start at $12,995. Pricing for the Enterprise Server version--built around the Challenge server line and configured to support up to 6.5 million hits a day--will start at $19,900.
The workgroup systems will also come with a collection of Web authoring tools, including HTML and VRML editors, SGI's Cosmo Code Java development environment, and Adobe Systems' Photoshop and Illustrator.