Lotus is on track to ship its first stab at a pure Webserver this week. Go, which is based on the same IBM HTTP stack as the full-blown Notes line, is intended for companies that are just getting their feet wet in setting up a Web presence. It can be configured and launched quickly.
The pared-down HTTP server includes a Proxy server, Secure Socket Layer support, and X.509 v3
Go is intended to attract small to midsize companies, which can then migrate up to Notes and to IBM's transactional systems for Internet commerce.
A professional version will enter beta release by the middle of this month and is slated to ship by early September, officials said last week at Internet World in Chicago. Go Pro adds NetObjects' Fusion authoring tool and the Lotus BeanMachine.
Users can access the beta version of the server via the Internet at http://www.lotus.com/lotusgowebserver/
Lotus Go will be priced at US $495 and runs on platforms including Windows 95 and Windows NT, IBM AIX, and HP-UX. Go Pro is $795 and runs on Windows 95 and NT.