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Bluestone Announces Major Release of Sapphire/Web

Bluestone Software Inc. announced today Sapphire/Web Release 5, network management tools for large-scale enterprises.

The product has been significantly extended and restructured into a five-part product family including the core Sapphire/Universal Business Server, Sapphire/Application Manager, the well-known Sapphire/Developer, Sapphire/Enterprise Deployment Kit, and Sapphire/Integration Modules (SIM) for native data integration.

Bluestone's "Web-server" products enable hardware servers to host Web interfaces and applications. Bluestone's Sapphire/Web complements Web servers by providing a framework that enables the smooth integration of an enterprise's existing business applications with the Web environment.

Sapphire/Web provides a smart management environment that lets IS managers monitor and control application functioning, and powerful development environments for building custom integrations, as well as new Web applications. All these services and more are included in Bluestone's focus of Enterprise Interaction Management.

Sapphire/Web's purpose is to enable enterprises to optimize business by leveraging the Web. It is architected to be the open, business-application "hub" of a Web-centric network. Designed for large-scale environments, the framework:

  • enables the direct back-end integration of any legacy application, in its native language
  • allows distributed, real-time, load balancing, yet also enabling central-point control
  • can run applications in separate partitions for security and stability
  • deploys applications in Java for hardware platform independence, and includes a comprehensive management console, reports, and services
  • enables rapid application development for speed to market
  • can integrate any front-end Web client or user-interface environment and applications built in any business-standard software language.

The entire product line will be fully available in April 1998, with additional SIM modules being delivered on a continual basis. Initial training is included and required with all product configurations.

Release 5 will be priced according to a "pay-per-usage" model tied to the volume of server interactions--the best paradigm for the Web-network era.

"Bluestone has driven a stake in the ground by introducing this new pricing paradigm," said Philip Costa, industry analyst with Giga Information Group. "By charging customers for only the capacity they use, not the hardware, they have moved beyond the technology-centric model to a business-centric model."