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New figures compiled by Zeus Technology show the high cost of keeping web servers secure

Zeus powers

London: 21st February, 2003 - Zeus Technology and value added distributor Wick Hill are partnering to sell the Zeus range of web infrastructure solutions through the UK channel. The two companies will work together to take advantage of a fast-growing need in the UK for professional, high performance, secure web systems to reliably support business operations.

Zeus Web Server software is the fastest, most scaleable, most robust and most secure server software available, and is the world's leading commercial web server.
Zeus currently has over 800 blue chip customers and as many as one million sites over six continents.

Zeus Web Server is aimed at large enterprises, high transaction web sites, ISPs and web hosting organisations. The product provides professional server management, with high quality of service and 24x7 availability. ROI (return on investment) and value for money are key Zeus benefits and both high price/performance and low ownership costs have been built into the design.

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman of Wick Hill Group, commented: "Companies are now looking for the same reliability, robustness, scalability and security with their web based systems as they have with their conventional business systems. Zeus web server delivers these facilities and is the most secure commercial web server available."

John Paterson, CEO of Zeus, added: "With more and more emphasis being placed on the security and reliability of web based systems, and with organisations trying to contain costs, the Zeus family of products offers a real competitive advantage to
users. Wick Hill's extensive UK reseller network will bring these benefits to a much
wider range of organisations than we have been able to address in the past."

The Zeus Web Server can host thousands of web sites on a single machine and deploy web server software on enterprise-class multiprocessor machines. Intrinsic clustering support and management tools also allow the web server to be hosted across hundreds of individual machines.

Zeus Web Server can effortlessly and cost-effectively scale to cope with the most demanding traffic levels, ensuring a consistent high quality of service. This capability to increase performance levels from existing hardware means that less money needs to be invested in expensive hardware to increase web capacity.

Ease of management is a core component of the Web Server design. Zeus can consolidate the management of all web sites on all servers throughout the infrastructure, to a single intuitive web based user interface. An entire cluster of servers can be maintained as one entity, making for huge savings in administrative costs. In-built data visualisation and management tools drastically reduce the burden of day to day monitoring and administration.

High security

Zeus Web Server minimises downtime and is used by business critical web sites such as eBay, which has handled 13 billion requests to date with full Zeus availability. Zeus is also the most secure web server available, protecting back-end systems and even screening attacks against other types of web servers. The Zeus Service Protection Policy guards against denial of service attacks and destructive viruses.

Customers with heavy dynamic content usage can take advantage of the performance, security, reliability and scalability benefits that Zeus provides. This is because Zeus Web Server is engineered to be the best platform for deploying rich, dynamic applications written in a variety of languages.

Zeus Web Server has been consistently used by major hardware manufacturers in the SPECweb99 and SPECweb99_SSL benchmark tests. It has helped companies such as IBM and HP to achieve the highest performance figures for their computers.

New figures compiled by Zeus show high ongoing cost of keeping web servers secure

New figures compiled by Zeus Technology show a huge difference in the annual cost of applying security patches to the three leading web servers - Microsoft IIS, Apache and Zeus.

Zeus estimates that in 2002, it cost Microsoft IIS users around GBP30,000 annually to apply security patches to 10 servers, it cost Apache users around GBP7,000 and Zeus users around GBP120. For larger organisations with 100 servers, it cost IIS users around GBP312,000, Apache users around GBP60,000 and Zeus users around GBP1200.

Although Zeus is the only web server which is specifically paid for (Apache is free and Microsoft IIS comes with the NT operating system), the low maintenance costs shown by these figures mean Zeus achieves payback within a year and is then very significantly cheaper to maintain than the other two leading web servers.

Zeus used figures from SecurityFocus, , on the number of serious web server security vulnerabilities in 2002, as a basis for its research.1 Zeus then conducted further research of its own to extrapolate the figures and reach an annual cost for patching known security vulnerabilities.2

John Paterson, CEO of Zeus, commented: "People are becoming increasingly aware of web security . What they are less familiar with is the true cost of actually maintaining that security. Unfortunately, many organisations are faced with a choice of taking their servers down for a day and applying security patches, or running risks with them as they are. That's a choice companies shouldn't have to make."

Zeus powers

During Comic Relief's Red Nose Day in 2001, Zeus Web Servers helped process over 100 million hits and at the busiest times over 3000 secure transactions per minute, making the site one of the world's busiest e-commerce sites at the time. Zeus Web Server has been chosen again this year to underpin the site because of its security, speed, scalability, and its high quality performance last Red Nose Day.

The website will provide a huge e-commerce and event platform for people to donate online and via interactive TV. It is custom built and capable of managing a huge increase in traffic on the evening of Red Nose Day, March 14th.3

Zeus Load Balancer

Wick Hill will also be selling the Zeus Load Balancer through the UK channel. This is a powerful traffic management solution which improves the performance, reliability and scalability of TCP/IP based network services such as web, email, news, ftp and database protocols. This is done through a combination of content-aware traffic management, performance and health monitoring, plus automatic fail-over in the event of hardware or software failure. Zeus Load Balancer can add traffic management intelligence to existing hardware load balancing solutions.

Request-aware traffic management enables performance optimisation and resilience across a web server cluster, whether it contains Zeus Web Servers, Apache, IIS servers or any combination. Throughput and responsiveness is measurably improved by the traffic management capabilities and the high performance request handling architecture.

Price and Availability

Zeus products are available through Wick Hill accredited resellers. Zeus Web Server costs from GBP 1100 SRP (for up to two CPUs) and Zeus Load Balancer from GBP 3,000 SRP.

About Wick Hill

Wick Hill is a leading international value added distributor of secure infrastructure solutions for ebusiness. Users of products sourced through Wick Hill include most of the Times Top 1000 companies in addition to many non-commercial organisations and government departments. Based in Woking, Surrey, the company has been established for over 25 years and has delivered IT solutions to more than a million users world-wide through its channel partners.

About Zeus Technology

Zeus Technology is the world's expert on hosting automation and web infrastructure solutions, providing software that leads the industry in performance, scalability, reliability and security, combined with consultancy services for Internet deployments. Zeus has created a highly scalable and robust line of software products including the multi-award winning Zeus Web Server, Zeus Load Balancer and Zeus Mass Hosting Application. Zeus boasts an impressive customer and strategic partner base which includes world-class companies such as eBay, HP,
IBM, AMD, Sun Microsystems, SGI, Sprint, Cable & Wireless, Telefonica,
Telewest, NEC Biglobe, THUS/Demon and Qualcomm.


1. SecurityFocus found 26 serious security vulnerabilities for Microsoft IIS web server, 24 for Apache and one for Zeus Web Server in 2002, as reported by

2. For document with full explanation of how the figures were calculated, click on which will give you a pic of Ian Kilpatrick, chairman Wick Hill Group, plus the document 'The Other Cost of Internet Security'. Or email Annabelle Brown at for the document.

3. Comic Relief is seriously committed to helping end poverty and social injustice in the UK and Africa. Red Nose Day 2003 - The Big Hair Do - March 14.

For further press information contact Annabelle Brown on 0191 252 8548, email Pics available of Ian Kilpatrick, John Paterson and Zeus Web Server. For reader queries contact Wick Hill on 01483 466500, email, web or Zeus on 01223 525000, web

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