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4D, Inc. Ships 4D WebSTAR Server Suite V for Mac OS X

Unbelievably Fast, Easy as Always, and Secure Out of the Box (October 09, 2001)
4D, Inc., publishers of the 4th Dimension RAD/RDBMS Environment and 4D WebSTAR Server Suite, today announced the immediate availability of 4D WebSTAR Server Suite V, now native for Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server.

With the ease-of-use people expect from WebSTAR, 4D WebSTAR Server Suite V has preset security settings, unprecedented performance and is available today, directly from 4D, Inc. at for a much lower cost than ever before (see related release dated today).

"4D WebSTAR Server Suite V brings the industrial-strength Web server which has always been the traditional de facto standard on the previous Macintosh platform to the new Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server platforms," explained Brendan Coveney, president and CEO, 4D, Inc. "Now 4D WebSTAR V absolutely screams with speed, while maintaining an emphasis on security and ease of administration. Our groundbreaking new design also allows third-parties to build plug-ins for 4D WebSTAR V with unsurpassed ease, enabling rapid releases alongside our updates."

"Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server deliver the power of Unix with the simplicity of the Macintosh," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. "4D WebSTAR V is another excellent example of developers taking advantage of advanced technology of Mac OS X and provides professional Mac webmasters with an easy-to-use solution that takes just minutes to deploy, yet is faster than ever."

Fast, Easy, Secure Web Serving

4D WebSTAR Server Suite V is completely redesigned to take advantage of the benefits of Mac OS X's multiprocessor support, preemptive multitasking and faster networking, which result in amazing server speeds. Beyond multi-thread processes, a redesign of the caching architecture makes all server modules radically faster.

Continuing with a tradition of ease-of-use, 4D WebSTAR Server Suite V is now even easier to administer than ever. Now, Administrators can delegate administrative authority to virtual hosts quickly and easily with reusable settings for realms including allow/deny security access, without compromising administration integrity or security of the entire system. Remote administration is now more flexible than ever, and secure via SSL. A wide range of logging options provides even easier server monitoring.

Security is preset out of the box with secure default settings, easily configured SSL for encrypted traffic, flexible access control with realm matching designed for HFS plus volumes, and MD5-digest authentication. 4D WebSTAR Server Suite V comes with a radically faster Search engine, an integrated FTP server and integrated WebDAV HTTP file service support.

Third-party Support

"Blue World Lasso Web Data Engine has been the leading companion product to WebSTAR for several years, allowing developers to quickly and easily build powerful data-driven Web sites," said Bill Doerrfeld, CEO of Blue World Communications, Inc. "We're deeply committed to the WebSTAR community and plan to fully support 4D WebSTAR V in our forthcoming Lasso Professional 5 product. Lasso Professional 5 and 4D WebSTAR V on Mac OS X will provide an excellent combo for powerful yet easy Web database publishing."

4D WebSTAR V now includes an expanded SDK with more sample code, utility functions, and APIs which allow third-party developers to add their own interfaces to the WebSTAR Admin Client. Developing 4D WebSTAR V plug-ins is now simpler since the new Web server handles the low-level HTTP protocol issues, leaving the plug-in developer free to focus on functionality.

Completely New Pricing For Lower Overall Cost of Ownership

4D, Inc. is releasing 4D WebSTAR Server Suite V under a completely new pricing and code release structure to provide the user with frequent updates, quality support and a lower cost of ownership than ever before (see related release dated today). 4D WebSTAR Server Suite V is available today directly from for an initial license fee of $399, which includes updates and support for one year, with additional support and updates provided for a membership rate of $179 per year in WebSTAR Community Central. Unrenewed licenses will not expire, however they also will not accept important updates from 4D, Inc. or third-party vendors.

New licenses of 4D WebSTAR V are offered to academic institutions for an educational price of $299, with upgrades at the same price for the general public. Upgrades are available at $199 for current registered users of WebSTAR v4.x, and $299 for current registered users of WebSTAR v3.x. Cross-grades are available by calling the sales department at 4D, Inc. All upgrades and cross-grades come with one year of support and software updates, which is renewable after the first year for a $179/year membership in WebSTAR Community Central.

About 4D, Inc.

Located in San Jose, California, 4D Inc. is the US distributor of 4th Dimension and the 4D family of products, which has set the relational database standard for over fifteen years. 4D Inc., formerly ACI US, Inc., publishes a tightly integrated suite of professional, cross-platform Web-embedded development tools. 4D Inc is a 100 percent owned subsidiary of 4D SA, formerly ACI SA. StarNine Technologies is a 100 percent subsidiary of 4D, Inc. StarNine publishes the award winning 4D WebSTAR Server Suite, a complete set of four high-performance servers in one easy-to-use application.

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