Hewlett-Packard Co is today rolling out the second version of its Domain Internet solutions hardware, software and services combine. New this time is the availability on both Unix and Windows NT for the same price. There are four main packages available. Domain publishing server is a web publishing platform featuring Netscape Enterprise Serve, HP Domain Management system – which is based on OpenView – the Firewall-1 software from CheckPoint Software Technologies Inc and a Java virtual machine, compiler and Java developer’s kit (JDK). The next step up is Domain messaging and publishing server, which adds Netscape Messaging Server; then comes Domain Collaboration server, which adds Netscape Collabra and Calendar servers and finally, for high-end users; Domain XE Intelligent Web Server platform adds a copy of Informix Software Inc’s Universal Server object- relational database, as per HP’s agreement signed with Informix in January. The XE package is meant to support thousands of users. The hardware on the Unix side is HP’s Visualize model B132L+ graphics workstations in all packages apart from the XE platform, when an HP 9000 K-class server takes its place. On the NT side, the server’s are HP’s NetServer E45 in the publishing server package, and the NetServer LD Pro in the messaging and publishing and collaboration server packages. The XE is not available on NT. HP says the first version of these bundles, which was launched last November, was more horizontal while this one is more focused. Each bundle has a set of optional services attached to it and HP is the single point for all support. There is also a high-availability version called Domain HA, for Unix only, where HP offers an up-time guarantee of 99.95%, or about four and half hours downtime each year. That’s available with D-, K- or T-class servers, the last of which is HP’s mainframe-replacement class of server. The HA packages are aimed at ISPs and heavy e-commerce users. All four packages are available now. The HP publishing server costs $10,500; publishing and messaging server goes for $15,400; collaboration server goes for $16,900 and $140,000 buys the XE intelligent web server bundle.
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