4D Inc., publishers of the 4th Dimension 6.7 RAD/RDBMS Environment and WebSTAR Server Suite, announced the immediate availability of their new 4D WebSTAR Server Suite V public beta at this week’s Macworld New York.
Completely redesigned for Mac OS X, 4D WebSTAR Server Suite V is available as a public beta from the
product Web site.
“WebSTAR V is not merely a port from previous Mac OS to the new — it is a major redesign,” said CJ Holmes, chief WebSTAR engineer, 4D, in a statement. “We brought forward all the lessons about security, ease-of-use and performance, and designed a completely new server to exploit the power of Mac OS X. The new Admin Client runs on multiple platforms, is more consistent, more secure and has some new features that long-time WebSTAR customers are going to love.”
The new 4D WebSTAR Server Suite V takes advantage of Mac OS X’s multiprocessor support, preemptive multitasking and faster networking, without sacrificing WebSTAR’s reputation for ease-of-use and security, he said. There’s also an overhaul of the caching sub-system provides even more performance improvements for the entire server suite, Holmes said.
The redesigned Administration architecture provides a high level of flexibility with Delegatable Authority, allowing administrative permissions to be individually granted for virtual host administrators, he added. The Admin Server is now separate from the Web Server, to monitor servers and maximize uptime. The new Admin Client is written in 100 percent Java, giving the Mac OS X look-and-feel, while allowing remote administration from any platform that supports Java, Holmes stated.
The Admin Client also now communicates via SSL for more secure administration, he added. Overall Security now takes advantage of reusable realm security settings, and allow/deny security settings.
Realm matching is designed to work well with HFS plus volumes, the default for Mac OS X. 4D WebSTAR V now also supports MD5-digest authentication. Configuring SSL with 4D WebSTAR V is easy for secure encrypted traffic, according to Holmes.
4D WebSTAR Server Suite V comes with an integrated FTP server, and new integrated WebDAV HTTP file service. Search capabilities are now faster with full site indexing, searching and remote crawling, Holmes said.