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Tenon Unveils High Performance Web Server for Power Mac

Tenon Intersystems today announced WebTen 2.0, an upgrade to its industrial-strength, high-performance Apache Web server for Power Macs.

According to the vendor, a new "supercache" feature boosts the Macintosh Web server performance leader by more than 400%. Tenon claims that WebTen, based on the latest Apache 1.2.4, is the fastest Web server on the Power Macintosh, sustaining over 700 hits per second, or over 60 million connections a day. In addition to its improved performance, WebTen 2.0 adds new features including multihoming SSL 3.0, multihoming FTP, NFS, and DNS.

"The Macintosh is widely accepted as the platform of choice for Internet content development," said Tenon's president, Steve Holmgren. "Despite its ease of use, poor Macintosh Web performance and an eclectic array of 'required' Web options have hampered acceptance of the Macintosh as an Internet delivery system. Tenon's goal is to make the Macintosh a world-class networking engine, with performance and features that meet and eventually exceed those that are readily available on other platforms."

Using encryption, SSL supports secure exchange of packets between WebTen and any SSL-enabled Web browser. WebTen 2.0 is the only Macintosh Web server that supports SSL 3.0, a state-of-the-art implementation supporting such advanced features as streamlined handshaking for faster round-trip times, multiple key exchange and encryption algorithms, and support of hardware tokens in the form of Fortezza cards as a first step toward cryptography-capable "smart cards".

In the past, SSL support from other vendors required multiple Macintoshes with different Web addresses, leading to a maintenance nightmare for ISPs. Tenon's multihoming SSL 3.0 can be configured to support simultaneous, secure and unsecured operations for each Web address, enabling the support of hundreds of secure Web addresses on a single Mac.