"Stronghold Web Server To Power The Fastest
Transaction Platform In The World"
Monday June 22, 5:30 am Eastern Time
Company Press Release
SOURCE: C2Net Software, Inc.
OAKLAND, Calif., June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- C2Net Software Inc. today announced it has
entered into a development agreement with IBM Corporation (NYSE: IBM - news) under which
C2Net will port its popular
Stronghold Secure Web Server to IBM's Transaction Processing Facility (TPF) -- the fastest
transaction platform in the world. C2Net will create a version of Stronghold specifically
integrated with IBM's TPF technology, used throughout the world as the heart of
high-performance systems that power such tasks as airline reservations and credit card
TPF is widely acknowledged as the highest-throughput transaction processing platform in
the world. Originally the result of an early 1960's project between IBM and several
airlines, the TPF platform today provides
unmatched processing speed, seamless scalability and mission-critical availability for
Visa's credit card transactions, the Chicago Commodity Exchange, and other critical
transaction functions for firms and organizations worldwide.
Currently, there is no native web server product for the TPF platform. In order to process
TPF-powered transactions through a Web-based interface, separate systems designed to serve
Web pages are used between the TPF machine and the website. These separate mainframes and
minicomputers collect user input from a website, send that information to the TPF server,
and then retrieve the transaction's output and post it back to the user. Therefore,
transactions can only be processed as fast as the gateway computers can serve the pages,
rather than harnessing the immense speed and power of the TPF server itself.
C2Net's Stronghold Secure Web Server is a commercial version of the Apache web server,
incorporating full-strength 128-bit cryptography to ensure against eavesdropping,
tampering, and forgery of electronic
documents. The Stronghold secure web server is the preferred solution for Internet and
intranet administrators who need to be certain that transactions are handled in the most
secure environment possible. C2Net's
Stronghold is widely regarded as the most robust, easily configurable secure Web server on
the market today.
``We are very excited to join forces with IBM to bring Stronghold's speed, power and
security to the TPF platform,'' said Sameer Parekh, President of C2Net Software, Inc.
``Administrators of TPF-powered systems
will benefit greatly by having a direct gateway to the Web. We are proud to be providing
technology to securely connect these immense systems to the Internet without compromising
their best-of-breed performance in any
With Stronghold, IBM's customers will be able to serve pages directly to Web users
directly from the TPF server. This will mean faster web-based credit card verification,
travel reservations, and other common
transactions. In addition, Stronghold brings its advanced security technology to each TPF
transaction. ``Web commerce will never be the same,'' said Steve Cook, C2Net's Vice
President of Sales and Marketing.
``Stronghold brings the Web solution, IBM brings the power, and the whole world benefits
from a new high-performance platform for electronic transactions over the Internet.''
C2Net Software, Inc. (http://www.c2.net/) is the leading
provider of uncompromised network security software. Through its international offshore
development programs, all C2Net products are exempt from U.S.
government export restrictions, allowing the company to offer uncrippled, strong
cryptography solutions to customers worldwide. The company's Stronghold secure web server
is currently the number one full-strength
secure web server worldwide, according to a secure web server survey by Netcraft, Ltd (http://www.netcraft.com/).