WebTen 3.0 - Award Winning Web Server For Mac Adds Webmail

New release includes enhanced security, compatibility, robustness, and extensibility

Santa Barbara, CA, April 19. Tenon Intersystems today announced WebTen 3.0, an upgrade to its industrial-strength, high-performance Apache-based Web server for Power Macs. The new WebTen now supports web-based email, secure remote administration, enhanced SSL certificate support, dynamically loadable Apache modules, and a Sherlock-compatible high-performance search engine. WebTen, one of the easiest-to-use and fastest Apache web servers in the world, is available for both Mac OS and for Apple's new OS X Server.

WebTen's new anytime, anywhere web mail enables users to access email from any device running a browser. WebTen's web mail, based on EMUmail, is compatible with SMTP mail servers, such as Tenon's Post.Office-based POP mail and IMAP server, NetTen. ISPs who want to set up advertising-free web mail for their clients can purchase a 250-mailbox web mail license from Tenon for $200 or $450 for a fully customizable version. See /products/webmail/ for more information about WEBmail.

In addition to built-in WEBmail, this new version of WebTen includes a pre-installed trial copy of WebEvent, a web-based calendar application. WebEvent is an interactive scheduling application, previously only available for UNIX and NT. See http://www.matadordesign.com for more information about WebEvent.

WebTen's SSL has been updated to support Y2K-compliant two-tier Verisign certificates and to support Netscape Certificate Servers for corporate and military intranets that employ internal certificate authorities using the Netscape software. WebTen's Administration Server now uses SSL to give webmasters the security of encryption while configuring virtual hosts remotely.

WebTen's new dynamic architecture lets webmaster add Apache modules on-the-fly, simply by dragging them into a Modules folder. The widely used PHP3 is included with WebTen 3.0 as a configurable module. PHP (www.php.net) is a scripting language that combines many of the best features of Perl, shell programming, and C and includes a variety of database interfaces. "We expect Macintosh web developers to begin embracing standard internet web tools, such as the powerful PHP, as a first step in transitioning to Apple's preemptive multitasking OS X," Tenon's President and CEO, Steve Holmgren, said. "WebTen's ability to support dynamically loadable Apache modules, combined with Tenon's freely available SDK for creating WebTen compatible modules, makes the Mac OS an extensible Apache platform as well as providing a seamless transition to OS X Server." The new release also includes many additional enhancements and modifications for improved robustness and ease-of-use.

WebTen incorporates the highly acclaimed Apache web server software developed by the Apache Group. Apache is well known as stable, full-strength, feature-rich web server software used on almost two million web sites worldwide and recently included with Mac OS X Server. Tenon has taken this mature, integrated, scalable software and extended it with performance enhancements, security, and Macintosh-specific features to make a unique Apache for the Macintosh platform. WebTen extends the open source Apache with a point & click interface, internet object caching, SSL 3.0 (for supporting eCommerce with multiple secure certificates on a single machine), FTP (for uploading web content on a virtual host by virtual host basis), NFS (for offloading content), a state-of-the art DNS, a high-performance search engine, and advanced proxy services. Tenon's Macintosh-based Apache is running in a pre-emptive multitasking environment and is able to sustain over 1000 hits/second.

WebTen 2.x customers can upgrade to WebTen 3.0 for $199; upgrades from WebTen 1.x are $250. Webmasters who want to continue to run their WebTen Mac OS servers, while gracefully transitioning to OS X, can purchase a second copy of WebTen for OS X Server for only $199. WebTen 3.0 for new customers is $495; a 'sidegrade' from WebSTAR or Apple's ASIP is only $350.

The new software will be available in May. A public beta version is downloadable from the Tenon WebTen Beta page: /support/files/WebTen/Beta , with the login (WTBeta) and password (WT234989). The beta version includes a built-in 14-day license. This can be extended until May 31st, 1999 with the following temporary WebTen 3.0 license:

Tenon Intersystems is a leader in high-performance networking. Founded in 1989, Tenon has developed a unique suite of products for Macintosh. Tenon technology, combined with the power of Apple's G3-based machines, is providing the framework for world-class networking on the Macintosh. WebTen was recently selected as the Macworld Editor's Choice for Best Server Software, outpacing WebSTAR and Apple's ASIP. Tenon Intersystems can be reached in the U.S. at 805-963-6983, by the Internet at sales@tenon.com, or via the web at .

WebTen includes software developed by the Apache Group for use in the Apache HTTP Server Project. Apache Server and Apache Group are copyright ©1995-1997 The Apache Group. Tenon and WebTen are trademarks of Tenon Intersystems. All other product names are trademarks of their respective holders.

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