Netscape Communications has started shipping Application Server 2.0, the first fruit of Netscape's acquisition last year of Kiva Software. Netscape also began shipping several complementary development tools.
The new incarnation of what was once called the Kiva Enterprise Server "can handle thousands of simultaneous userswith 24x7 access," according to Marty Cagan, Netscape's vice president of platforms and tools. The server features new load balancing and session management technology to support the improved scalability and availability.
Among the ancillary products is Application Builder 2.0, a graphical user interface-based tool suite that enables developers to use existing tools such as Microsoft Corp.'s Visual Basic and Sybase Inc.'s PowerSite to create applications that will run on Application Server.
Another new product, Extension Builder, lets developers extend terminal-based legacy applications so they can run within Web browsers. Along those lines, Netscape released ready-to-use extensions for its application server that offer access to existing BEA Systems Inc.'s Tuxedo and IBM's MQSeries programs.
Application Server 2.0 costs US$25,000 per CPU on Windows NT machines or $35,000 per CPU on Solaris, HP-UX or IRIX systems. Application Builder 2.0 carries a price tag of $1,295 per developer. Both products are available now. Extension Builder's pricing and availability will be announced by the end of March. The Tuxedo and MQSeries extensions each cost $3,495 per CPU for Windows NT machines and $5,495 per CPU for Unix systems.