Press announcement for Apache-Based HTTP Services: IBM HTTP Server
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Press Announcement: Apache-Based HTTP Services

IBM Technology Doubles Performance of Apache-Based HTTP Services on Windows NT

SAN FRANCISCO, October 14, 1998 ... IBM today announced that it has extended the HTTP services in IBM WebSphere* Application Servers in the areas of performance, security and platform support by adding new functionality to the HTTP services that are packaged with WebSphere and are based on the Apache HTTP Server. The enhancements allow Web masters and Web developers to benefit from traditional IBM strengths, such as enterprise-level performance, reliability and security.

Today's announcements include technology developed by IBM Research that boosts the performance of HTTP services in the IBM WebSphere Application Server on Windows NT** by up to 100% and Secure Socket Layer (SSL) support that provides customers with the security necessary to operate a Web site that can handle sensitive information, such as financial transactions. In addition, IBM announced a port of the Apache HTTP Server to the AS/400* operating system. The AS/400 port will be offered to the Apache Group through the Open Source model.

"IBM is committed to bringing the advantages and benefits of enterprise-strength technology to all Web builders and developers," said Paraic Sweeney, vice president, IBM Web Server Marketing. "Our delivery of value-add technology for Apache and IBM WebSphere customers, such as performance boosting on Windows NT, as well as contributions to the Apache Project, bring companies the functionality they need to create powerful e-business solutions."

IBM has also contributed a number of enhancements to the Apache Server Project, mainly for the new Apache port to Windows NT. The enhancements improve the stability and security of the Apache HTTP Server on the Windows NT platform.

The Fast Response Cache Accelerator (Cache Accelerator) technology, developed by IBM Research, doubles the performance of HTTP services in WebSphere on Windows NT, according to lab tests done by SPEC (The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation). The IBM WebSphere product team optimized the Cache Accelerator for the HTTP services packaged with the WebSphere Application Server. In a recent SPEC study the Apache-based WebSphere HTTP services, running on an IBM Netfinity* 7000 and utilizing the Cache Accelerator, performed nearly twice as fast as Microsoft IIS, also running on an IBM Netfinity 7000.

IBM is also offering SSL security support for Apache-based HTTP services in WebSphere Application Server for secure e-business transactions. The level of encryption the SSL support offers (information can be encrypted for up to 128 bits) is used today by Fortune 500 companies, including major financial institutions, to transfer financial transactions and other sensitive data, such as payroll, over the Web.

In addition, IBM will make available an AS/400 port of the Apache HTTP server, to offer customers a wider choice of deployment platform options. The open source code for the core technology of the AS/400 port beta will be available from IBM in November. Subsequently, IBM will offer the AS/400 port to the Apache Group, in keeping with the Open Source approach.

Both the Cache Accelerator and SSL technologies from IBM will be available at no additional charge as part of all editions of the IBM WebSphere Application Servers. The technologies will be released in the next version of WebSphere Application Server before the end of the year. The Cache Accelerator technology will also be used to boost the performance of the HTTP Server for OS/390*, and will be available as part of OS/390 Version 2 Release 7 in March of 1999.

About WebSphere

The WebSphere family, along with Lotus Domino*, represents the industry's most complete range of Web application server environments that support business applications from simple Web publishing through enterprise-scale transaction processing. The expanded WebSphere family integrates the Web server, transaction processing, Web commerce and distributed component technologies of IBM's WebSphere Application Server, TXSeries*, Net.Commerce* and Component Broker* products.

The Apache HTTP Server is shipped with WebSphere Application Server V1.0, and the Apache-based WebSphere HTTP Services with the Cache Accelerator and SSL technologies will be shipped with future versions of WebSphere Application Server.

The product line also includes WebSphere Performance Pack*, Web facilities management software that supports rapid growth of high-volume Web sites, and WebSphere Studio, an integrated set of Web development tools.

Additional Information

WebSphere Application Server includes software developed by the Apache Group for use in the Apache HTTP server project ( Additional information on the WebSphere product line may be found at: More information on the SPEC benchmark can be found at Additional resources for the news media may be found at

About IBM

IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM Software offers the widest range of applications, middleware and operating systems for all types of computing platforms, allowing customers to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. The fastest way to get more information about IBM software is through the IBM Software home page at

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