Apple Internet Server Solution
Apple Computer, Inc. has introduced the Apple Internet Server Solution for the World Wide Web, an affordable and easy way to establish a presence on the Information Superhighway. The new server solution is an all-in-one package that includes a PowerPC processor-based Workgroup Server and all the software needed to make the server accessible to others on the World-Wide Web (WWW). This product extends Apple's market leadership in publishing from print to cyberspace, giving customers a robust, easy-to-use and cost-effective solution for establishing a presence on the Internet.
The Apple Internet Server Solution is designed for individuals or groups, including marketing professionals, customer service organizations, educational institutions and IS managers in large corporations, who are interested in building a presence on the World-Wide Web. It is built on Apple's high-performance PowerPC processor-based Workgroup Server, so it delivers the reliability and speed needed to be responsive to multiple requests from many users. It also comes with a range of software, including content development tools that allow Web server managers, known as Webmasters, to develop home pages and other pages quickly and easily on the Internet-without having to know UNIX.
The Apple Internet Server Solution consists of a Workgroup Server 6150/66, 8150/110 or 9150/120 and a CD-ROM that combines all the software components necessary for customers to easily establish a presence on the World-Wide Web, including:
- WebStar 1.0 from StarNine Systems Inc., which turns the Workgroup Server into a WWW server by allowing it to serve documents to the rest of the WWW, BBEdit from Bare Bones Software Inc., which lets users create and edit the pages they intend to publish on the WWW.
- Netscape from Netscape Communications Corp., a WWW browser that lets Webmasters view the content they develop.
- AppleSearch, Apple's information search and retrieval software that lets Webmasters index files on their server so WWW clients can search for information stored on it.
- Adobe Acrobat Pro, which allows Webmasters to publish their documents in the exact format in which they were developed. It enables documents to maintain their formatting so that when viewed, the image seen is the same image that was posted.
- Common Gateway Interfaces (CGIs), which are easy-to-use applications based on AppleScript that let WebStar interact with other applications in predesigned ways. For example, "clickable" maps that bring up information about particular cities when the user clicks on city icons or electronic mail that allows WWW clients to fill out preformatted forms and send them to a specified e-mail address.
- Apple RAID Software for data protection and disk mirroring
- AppleShare Client for Windows software, which allows Windows users to access AppleTalk-based file and print services.
MacDNS, a domain name server software for the Mac OS, is expected to be available on the Workgroup Servers in early summer 1995. MacDNS makes the Workgroup Server recognizable to other servers on the WWW and does not require UNIX knowledge to use.
The Apple Internet Server Solution also comes with a variety of sample WWW pages (home pages, catalog pages and forms), sample databases, on-line documentation and "how-to" tutorials to help Webmasters create their own server pages.
Apple's Web Advantage
The Apple Internet Server Solution is a natural choice for customers who are already using the Macintosh platform for print and multimedia development. Because it is based on the intuitive Mac OS, the Apple Internet Server Solution is easy to set up, operate and manage, which are not leading characteristics of UNIX- based servers.