"Covalent Technologies will release its long-awaited
version 2.0 of the Apache Web server software Monday--ahead of
software from the larger Apache project itself.
Apache 2.0 initially was expected by the end of 2000 but only
entered beta testing in April 2001. The open-source software, a
competitor to Sun Microsystems' iPlanet Web server and Microsoft's
Internet Information Server, is used to send Web pages from servers
San Francisco-based Covalent decided version 2.0 was ready for
prime time, said Jim Zemlin, vice president of marketing. Covalent
sells the core open-source package along with proprietary
enhancements that allow easier management, encrypted communications
for credit card transactions, and other features.
"We've done extensive testing and quality assurance, and we
think it's ready to deploy at large enterprises," he said."