Zeus 4.0 Enters Web Server Pantheon

Zeus Web Server 4.0 provides welcome new features for site administrators and Web developers, with improved management and monitoring tools and much better support for several popular dynamic Web languages.

Zeus Web Server 4.0 provides welcome new features for site administrators and Web developers, with improved management and monitoring tools and much better support for several popular dynamic Web languages.

Zeus Web Server has built its reputation on blistering performance in large tests such as SpecWeb99 and on its ability to run well in large hosted environments. The server also runs on nearly every operating system except for Windows.

Zeus Technology Ltd.s new release, the first major new version of the Web server in three years, gains more administration options that bring it into line with enterprise competitors such as iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions iPlanet Web Server, while its improved development features reinforce its position as a high-end upgrade for sites running the Apache Software Foundation Inc.s open-source Apache Web server.

Zeus Web Server 4.0, which was released last month, is priced at $1,700 for up to two CPUs. This pricing is similar to competitors such as iPlanet—although options such as Apache or Microsoft Corp.s Internet Information Services are free. Sites that dont have high-end needs will probably be happy sticking with these free options.

Among the new features for developers is improved native support for JSP (JavaServer Pages). However, the main improvement that Zeus has been touting is its support and performance for running dynamic content built using PHP, with claims of 45 percent performance gains over mod_php in Apache.