IBM spices up Internet offerings

IBM has announced new Internet computing enhancements targeted at customers branching into electronic commerce.

IBM has announced new Internet computing enhancements targeted at customers branching into electronic commerce.

Big Blue says that AIX versions of Powersolutions, IBM's customisable software, hardware and services packages, now include IBM's Net.Commerce system, which lets users create interactive catalogs on the World Wide Web. Net.Commerce includes the Merchant Server, which the consumer sees and interacts with, and the Store Manager, which controls pricing, distribution, and other "things which if you were a store manager, you'd worry about," said Tim Dougherty, manager of Network Computing for IBM's RISC System 6000 division.

Powersolutions running on AIX can also be purchased with Netscape Communications Corp.'s Merchant System electronic commerce offering, Dougherty said.

Both e-commerce systems running on AIX will be available beginning in November, and customers will include outdoor outfitter Recreational Equipment Inc., and mail-order retail giant L.L. Bean, Dougherty said.

IBM also announced that Lotus Notes 4.5 will be included free when customers select Powersolutions running AIX. Notes 4.5 includes the Domino Web server and is designed to enable deployment of interactive Internet and intranet business applications, Dougherty said.

Finally, IBM announced yesterday new tools for enterprise integration and scalability, including Interactive Session Support (ISS) for AIX. ISS includes the Java-based Network Dispatcher technology, which is designed to manage clients submitting a high-volume of interactive requests, such as large Web servers or mail-serving configurations, IBM officials said.

ISS' management features "makes it very simple to add a Web server to a Web farm" without getting lost in TCP/IP gorp, Dougherty said.

IBM is at http://www.ibm.com.

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