Vultus Aims to be Face of the Web

New WebFace products give users a presentation layer that mirrors traditional desktop computing environment.

A Utah company this week launched a suite of presentation-layer products designed to speed up the delivery of applications over the Internet.

Vultus Inc. rolled out its WebFace Solutions Suite, which includes the WebFace Browser Application Platform and WebFace Studio, a stand-alone integrated development environment.

The companys goal is to become the "face of the Web," said President and CEO Michael Meservy.

In that sense, the WebFace suite gives users a presentation layer that mirrors what they see in the traditional desktop computing environment, Meservy said.

Via a Web browser and using such Web standards as XML, JavaScript and HTML, the suite gives users full-featured application windows, including grids, tab folders and drag-and-drop capabilities.

The WebFace Solution Suite is designed to enable enterprises to take advantage of the Internet through consistent user interfaces without having to retrain employees on how to deal with Web applications. The result is a consistent and dynamic Web browser environment, according to Vultus.

WebFace Studio enables developers to easily design their own customer user interfaces, Meservy said.

The suite is available now for $5,995 per server for up to two CPUs, and $2,000 for each additional CPU.

Enterprises can also buy a stand-alone version of WebFace Studio for $995 per developer.

Vultus is launching itself into an increasingly competitive space, which includes such established companies as Macromedia Inc., and high-profile newcomers as Curl Corp.

The key difference, Meservy said, is Vultus strict use of open, Web-based standards, such as XML and JavaScript. WebFace Solutions Suite currently operates in Java-based and Linux environments. Support for Microsoft Corp.s Visual Basic will come in future versions, Meservy said.

Among its early customers I Novell Corp., for which Vultus is doing some portal work.