By: Barbara Stefaney
Abstract: Daily news summary for 28 October 1999. By Barb Stefaney.
After walking away from AOL, Netscape cofounder Marc Andreessen is off on his own again
Venture capitalists, including Jim Barksdale's group, are lining up to
take the financial plunge.
Loudcloud is targeting application hosting at the back end with a full service
platform. Although expectations are high, Andreessen isn't saying much. No answers about investments, projects, or anything else. The company's public
launch date is still a week or two away.
Andreessen will chair the new company, and former Netscape colleague Ben Horowitz will serve as CEO. Several other former Net-escapers are also
expected to join the show.
Netscape was founded in 1994, went public in 1995, and died in AOL's arms in 1998.
Andreessen's new company will once again face off against Microsoft, among others.
AMD cut prices on its Intel-compatible line of PC microprocessors by as much as 18 percent, bringing its Athlon 700MHz chip down from
US$849 to US$699 -- US$55 less costly than Intel's 700MHz chip and US$77 less than
Lower-end chips were cut less drastically, but the price war is definitely on.
The Athlon 600 fell to US$419 and the 550 to US$279. The 500 was held to
US$209 -- US$30 less than Intel's Pentium III 500.
Intel's latest Pentium III ("Coppermine") chips are based on a new .18 micron process. The older Pentium III chips are based on a .25 micron
Intel's price cuts reached as deep as 24 percent, bringing the 600 from US$615 to US$465. The 550 price cut hit 18 percent, reducing the price from US$423 to US$348, and the
533 dropped 14 percent to US$316. The 500 fell to US$229, and the 450 hit the floor at US$173.
Intel also dropped Pentium II and Pentium II Celeron chip prices between five and
eight percent, bringing the 433MHz Celeron to US$73.
Intel's latest 733MHz processor puts Intel back in the speed lead over AMD.
If you were worried about not having the latest bits of InterBase,
fear no more. Inprise Corp.
has announced the availability of InterBase 5.6 for both Windows and for Novell
InterBase 5.6 is the first version of InterBase 5.x to support NetWare and is
the third maintenance release of InterBase 5.x for Windows. It "includes
updates to SQL functions and roles, as well as performance enhancements,"
"InterBase 5.6 further affirms Inprise's commitment to serving the
business-critical embedded database needs of VARs and application
developers," said Inprise CTO Jeff Barca-Hall.
According to Borland, InterBase 5.6 is certified on NetWare 4.2 and 5.0,
Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP4, Windows 95, and Windows 98 and is fully compatible
with earlier version 5-based releases.
Freeing up your IT staff from their routine and time-consuming maintenance
tasks may become a thing of the past. AppWorx
Corp. has just announced Version 5.0 of its premier AppWorx application,
featuring a new full-service Java interface. AppWorx
5.0 can now be run from either Netscape or Microsoft Explorer, thus enabling
easier access by more users.
Given the ability to manage their own IT needs, users can run jobs based on
actual business priorities, rather than the scheduling availability of their IT
department. This IT hands-off processing takes place within pre-defined rules
and security parameters, assuring IT systems continue to run reliably -- while
allowing users more control over job submissions. Built-in wizards prompt users with
the conditional logic questions needed to define job scheduling parameters,
Other features include
enhanced Internet security, simpler screen navigation, and faster processing
time. Helping to ensure a balanced workload, AppWorx uses embedded intelligence
to oversee all jobs in the enterprise queue. Certain requests will be executed
immediately, and others held back until system resources allow for optimal
AppWorx 5.0 will begin shipping in December. Pricing starts at US$25K.
A tool that tests your e-business, end-to-end. A tool that analyzes and
diagnoses problems, giving you an early warning of application brownouts or
service outages. Sound too good to be true? Not any longer. Virginia-based Response
Networks, Inc. this week announced ResponseCenter,
an active testing solution that provides comprehensive transaction performance
feedback that can actively diagnose the response time of a complete
e-transaction across networks, servers, databases, middleware objects, and
ResponseCenter provides a broad range of application visibility, including
applications for ERP, messaging, CRM, and back-office. By including the ability
to deploy scripts from existing functional and regression bench tools,
ResponseCenter customers can now extend the value from their investment in these
application test utilities.
A free 30-day evaluation of ResponseCenter is available.
cost of an entry-level package of ResponseCenter is just under US$20K.
Technology that addresses the challenge of integrating the Linux OS into the
embedded commercial and industrial market is now available. ON
Channel, Inc. has begun integrating and customizing its OS
2000 embedded Linux software for specific consumer solutions, giving its
users the reliability, stability and expandability of a fully functional Linux
According to Bill Tauskey, company CEO, "ON Channel offerings, based on
the Linux kernel, provide OEM and solution providers with all the benefits the
Linux community has to offer, including faster time to market, increased
functionality, higher stability, easy customization and integration
capabilities, and extremely broad support for new platforms and devices that are
coming to market."
OS 2000 allows for applications previously restricted by memory or cost to
now become economically viable. OS 2000 is fully
TCP/IP compatible and functions in a variety of storage
solutions, including flash memory, hard disk, CD-ROM, and DVD.
Webmasters, have you been waiting for a desktop tool that automatically
updates your site's Web stats at regular intervals without having to log on to a
server and download results? Would daily site activity graphs assist you in fine
tuning your e-business? Well, MyComputer.com
may have your solution.
The Provo, Utah-based company has just launched SuperStats
Desktop, a tool which provides users with real-time Web site monitoring
right on their PC. SuperStats Desktop provides a direct link to the user's full
suite of online SuperStats reports, helping to manage Web site traffic, profile
visitors and analyze Web marketing tactics. This information is available 24
hours a day from any Web connection.
For a full listing of all of MyComputer.com's Webmaster tools, visit their
Secure Internet commerce has become more affordable. SPYRUS
Corp. of Santa Clara, CA., has announced a new pricing model which will
reduce up-front costs for SSL Deployment. Traditionally, users have paid for
code and the rights to distribute it. Additionally, pre-paid royalties were
commonplace. SPYRUS has developed the first commercially available SSL toolkit
which greatly simplifies the process of deploying products using Secure Socket
Layer -- the standard for channel security of the Internet.
Both SPYRUS products, DeviceSSL
Gold, contain both Diffie-Hellman/DSA and RSA cipher suites. Support
for the Diffie-Hellman/DSA algorithms is provided by a SPYRUS-developed
cryptographic module, included in the price of the SSL toolkit. RSA support is
provided through BSAFE, directly licensed from SPYRUS.
According to Sue Pontius, CEO of SPYRUS, "Working with our customers
made it clear that previous industry pricing standards were cost prohibitive.
Our new model makes it considerably easier for customers to release products to
market that include full channel security using SSL."
Pricing for both the SPYRUS
DeviceSSL and TLS Gold developer kits has been reduced from US$4900 to
US$95. (No, this is not a typo.) Distribution fees have been eliminated.
Royalties are paid quarterly as products are deployed, making DeviceSSL cost
effective regardless of the size of deployment. Annual support agreements have
been reduced by 50 percent to US$12,500 per year.
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