Apple subsidiary FileMaker Inc. on Monday released
FileMaker Server 7, the latest version of its server software for hosting database files created using FileMaker Pro 7. The new release is faster than its predecessor and supports multi-CPU servers; it also expands its data storage capabilities with the ability to store up to 8 terabytes of information and up to 125 database files. Each database file can also host thousands of data tables.
Other new features in FileMaker Server 7 include a new administration tool that lets managers perform various tasks either locally or remotely over a network, including live database maintenance, live backups while files are still in use, automated unattended backups, auditing remote administration, ensuring clients have the latest plug-in versions and more. Security has been enhanced with three new functions including account authentication management, database visibility control and Secure Socket Layer (SSL)-based encryption.
FileMaker Server 7 costs US$999 or $499 to upgrade from previous versions. The initial release is shipping to volume license customers, but FileMaker said that retail units will ship starting on June 2.