As more organisations move from intranet pilot projects to large-scale production applications based on Web server infrastructures, the same performance and management issues facing ISPs now loom large for enterprises.
This trend is giving rise to the so-called enterprise service provider, or ESP.
IBM aims to address the bandwidth, performance-tuning, and load-balancing requirements of this market - as well as those of ISPs - with the release of its WebSphere Performance.
IBM this month begins shipments of the WebSphere Performance Pack, formerly code-named Nagano, which is composed of the IBM Web Traffic Express caching proxy server; an eNetwork Dispatcher server for IP load-balancing and traffic management; and the AFS enterprise file system from IBM's Transarc subsidiary.
Available first on AIX and Sun Solaris platforms, with a Windows NT version to follow, the bundle is priced at $15,590 per server.
The WebSphere Performance Pack, which works with HTTP servers, provides rules-based routing of IP packets based on URL content, application monitoring for load-balancing, GUI-based configuration and administration of the load-balancing component, LAN- and WAN-based routing controls, and SNMP event logging, according to IBM officials.