Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based Apertus Technologies Inc is bringing out three new middleware products in an effort to narrow its focus on Internet and application integration – claiming they offer a scaleable alternative to Santa Clara, California-based Edify Corp’s competitive offerings. Enterprise/Access v2.4, Enterprise/Connect and Enterprise/Integrator are all available now, though Apertus is rather bizarrely only announcing the first two of these officially now – the company will announce Integrator in 60 days. Enterprise/Access is said to be an application server which enables access to data residing on existing corporate applications. This latest version is said to provide an enhanced design studio for rapid application development and support the extension of corporate applications to Microsoft Corp and Netscape Communications Corp Web servers, Java environments and IBM MQSeries networks. Enterprise/Connect enables access to mainframe services including print, file transfer and terminal emulation, from a Web browser. The company says that it has approached the problem from the server side first, rather than the client, which makes it a more robust and scaleable architecture than those offered by its competitors. Apertus claims each server should be able to support between 8 and 10,000 users concurrently. The product is also claimed to offer load-balancing across servers, which in turn means guaranteed availability for all users. Enterprise/Integrator is for managing the exchange and distribution of different data types and formats which need to be shared between applications. On the server side the new products run on AIX, Solaris, Estrella and Unixware systems. There is no pricing yet, but Apertus says that where before it may have cost around $400 to connect each user to ‘legacy’ hosts, it should now cost around $50 per user – partly because the client and server pieces come together.