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Cray Releases UNICOS 7

Cray Research, Inc., has released UNICOS 7, the latest version of its UNIX-based operating system. UNICOS 7 is based on AT&T's UNIX system V with Berkeley extensions, and includes tools for system managers, programmers, and end-users, designed to exploit supercomputer architectures.

UNICOS provides the Application Development Toolset, which consists of tools that provide program performance statistics in a visual format. One of the tools from the Toolset is ATExpert, an expert system with an X-Window System user interface. ATExpert analyzes an application's potential parallel performance and displays performance information as an on-screen plotted graph. ATExpert interprets the data and offers suggested actions to enhance parallel performance. Xbrowse, another Toolset component, supports Fortran source code editing and debugging. This language-sensitive browser provides information at the routine, the file, or the whole program level, and includes variable tracing and parallel processing analysis information.

UNICOS 7 supports the full Cray product line, including the CRAY Y-MP C90 system. UNICOS 7 will provide the base development environment and operational support for the massively parallel processing (MPP) system, which will closely couple MPP technology with the CRAY Y-MP parallel/vector architecture. Contact Cray Research, Inc., 655A Lone Oak Drive, Eagan, MN 55121, (612) 683-7133; FAX: (612) 683-7198.

Microport Ships System V/4 for IBM PS/2 and DEC PCs

Microport Incorporated has announced their System V/4 operating system, Microport System V/4, for Digital Equipment Corporations's line of 486 systems, including the DECpc 433W Eclipse workstation, DECpc 433ST and 450ST mini-towers, and applicationDEC 400XP tower systems.

Microport System V/4 is based on UNIX System V Release 4.0 from UNIX System Laborartories and supports Digital PC designs which use Intel's Express motherboard architectures with Digital's graphics, SCSI, and networking chip sets and adapters. Microport provides what it describes as a "seamless" DOS-under-UNIX capability, allowing users to run DOS and UNIX at the same time without rebooting.

Workstation-style graphics are supported under System V/4, with X Window (X11R4) and OSF Motif servers for 256 color and 1280x1024 resolution using the Appian chip sets and adapters provided by Digital. Microport System V/4 graphics support also includes IXI's tool, X.desktop. Plans called for X11R5 and Motif 1.2 support.

Network services in System V/4 support TCP/IP and NFS across Ethernet on a variety of adapters, including Digital's 8-bit 100 and 16-bit 200 EtherWORKS products, and adapters from WD/SMC and 3COM. As many as 56 SCSI devices per adapter can be supported simultaneously under System V/4.

In a related news release, Microport announced support for IBM's PS/2 Models 90 and 95, as well as various MicroChannel Architecture peripherals. Customers may obtain 24-hour, 7 day a week support for System V/4 from Digital service centers. Contact Microport, Incorporated, 108 Whispering Pines Dr., Suite E, Scotts Valley, CA, 95066, (800) 367-8649 or (408) 438-8649; FAX: (408) 438-7560.

Programmed Logic Introduces High Performance File System

Programmed Logic Corporation has upgraded its High Performance File System (HPFS) for Intel-based PCs running UNIX System V Release 4 or Univel's UNIXWare. Programmed Logic describes HPFS as an SVR4-compatible file system that can double system throughput, as measured using SPEC's SDET benchmark. HPFS maintains plug-compatibility and media-compatibility with the UFS file system, USL's version of the University of California at Berkeley's Fast File System. Users don't have to back up and restore their files, they only need to plug in the new HPFS software module. When using HPFS, various critical file system resources are tuned automatically. HPFS incorporates meta-data management and enhancements to SVR4's file system algorithms that address the bottleneck problem caused by CPUs waiting for I/O.

Users can power off after exiting applications without checking file systems when the system is rebooted. The majority of crashes and powerfails will not result in lengthy reboot procedures.

HPFS runs on versions of UNIX based on USL's SVR4. This includes UNIXWare and versions of SVR4 from Consensys, Dell, ESIX, Microport, and UHC. A multi-processor version is also available for systems based on the Intel Consortium's SVR4-MP porting base.

The cost is $249 for single user, $499 for multi-user and $999 for multi-processor versions. Contact Programmed Logic Corporation, 200 Cottontail Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873, (908) 302-0090; FAX: (908) 302-1903.

Software Concepts Upgrades RamNet/UUCP

Software Concepts Design has upgraded their RamNet background communications program in a new release called RamNet/UUCP. The enhancements include the ability to run jobs remotely on a RamNet/UUCP-equipped PC, a full Netnews package, RFC822 compliant mail capabilities, better security, UUCP 'g' windowing protocol, and more reliable and faster data transfer. RamNet/UUCP requires 50Kb memory compared to the 150Kb required for the earlier version. RamNet/UUCP is a terminate-and-stay-resident program that runs in the background while the user continues his/her foreground tasks. RamNet/UUCP can communicate with any computer which runs the UUCP protocol, or with other RamNet/UUCP-equipped DOS-based machines. RamNet/UUCP features include: management of remote execution requests, allowing remote users to send data to be processed locally by an application; remote access security; and background eletronic mail processing, with audible or visual alerts. RamNet/UUCP's electronic mail package follows the InterNet RFC822 protocol and handles domains as well as "bang-path" addresses. RamNet/UUCP requires 50Kb, and a RS232 or modem port. The cost is $198 in single unit quantities. Site license and quantity discounts are available. Free technical support and updates are included for the first year. Contact Software Concepts Design, P.O. Box 908, Margaretville, NY 12455, (914) 586-2023; FAX: (914) 586-2025.

Parallelograms Announces Nanny

Parallelograms has released Nanny, a system administration tool for UNIX workstations. Nanny automatically monitors and balances CPU utilization on UNIX single and multi-processor computers to achieve a predetermined, fair distribution of CPU resources. System managers can configure Nanny to implement desired load sharing between users, groups, and departments.

Nanny can also detect console users and raise their priority, improving interactive response for simulations or demonstrations. Once configured, Nanny automatically identifies and balances the CPU consumption of competing CPU-bound jobs without user or system administrator intervention. Nanny's automatic load balancing may eliminate the need for batch queues. Nanny also provides live and historical summaries of CPU use categorized by users or time. System administrators can also write Perl or Tcl scripts to query the CPU and memory for any system in the network running Nanny. Contact Parallelograms, P.O. Box AA, Pasadena, CA 91102, (818) 577-5515 voice or FAX.

OPENService Offers Support for UNIX Systems

OPENService Corporation has begun offering system administration support for UNIX systems and networks via a remote connection to OPENService headquarters. The company provides options for either performing complete day to day administration of UNIX systems and networks, or providing backup support to in-house system administrators. OPENService markets its services directly to corporate accounts, as well as to OEMs, VARs, systems integrators, and software vendors for remarketing.

OPENService has developed two software applications to facilitate remote administration of UNIX systems and networks. The foundation is provided by SYSTEMWatch, which monitors systems for common problems which would cause the system to hang or crash; and TERMWatch, which allows OPENService system administrators to connect to the on-site staff for training and consultation on basic system administration.

The cost of a basic OPENService package including regular on-line system checks, emergency and crash recovery service, software tools, installation and configuration assistance, and vacation back-up support starts at $195 per month. Network management support starts at $75 per month for the first workstation. Volume discounts are available. Contact OPENService Corporation, 540 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Suite 146, Los Gatos, CA 95030, (408) 399-6600; FAX: (408) 399-6602.

Microway Ships 32-Bit Compilers for Coherent 4.0

Microway has begun shipping its 32-bit compilers for Coherent 4.0: NDP C/C++ 486, NDP Fortran-486, and NDP Pascal-486. Microway adds support for the 32-bit Coherent UNIX operating system to complement their current UNIX support for UNIX V.3 and V.4.

NDP C/C++ is an AT&T 2.1 compliant C++ compiler - a true compiler that also translates ANSI and K&R C (as validated by Plum Hall). This product provides numeric optimizations including loop unrolling and register caching. The compiler includes a built-in assembler and provides for function calls between C/C++, Pascal, and Fortran programs. NDP Fortran is F77 with VMS, VS, and MS extensions. NDP Pascal is ISO Level 1 compliant, and also passes BSI Level 0. NDP Pascal can access most NDP C runtime functions.

Coherent only compilers are priced at $295. For $895, multi-platform Coherent Versions of the compilers can be used for development for other UNIXs (such as Interactive, SCO, and AT&T). The multi-platform compilers can create a UNIX binary that should run on any AT&T System V compatible UNIX. Contact Microway, P.O. Box 79, Kingston, MA 02364, (508) 746-7341; FAX: (508) 746-4678.

Dallastone Provides Tape Management Tools

Dallastone Inc. has released DallasTools, a tape management system for UNIX platforms including: IBM RS/6000, HP 9000 400-700 and 800, Sun Series 600-400 and Sparc, Sequent PTX, and Dynex based machines. DallasTools (DTools) is an X Window-based Graphical User Interface (GUI) software package that can be used to backup and archive files from hard disk to SCSI tape devices and to retrieve from tape back to disk. DTools provides processing through its SCSI device driver, and provides facilities beyond the normal TAR utiltiy.

DTools operates with several tape backup devices, either OEM or third party, including 8mm, 4mm, 9 tracks, SCSI QIC, Optical disks, and a variety of stack loaders and autochangers. DTools can be used in the windowing or command line environment. DTools is modular and can be upgraded as addititonal functionality is needed. DTools is network capable and can be configured to back up as many as 25 nodes at speeds claimed to be twice that of CPIO and TAR.

Contact Dallastone, Inc., 2 Cote Lane, Bedford, NH 03110, (603) 647-8168; FAX: (603) 624-2466.

Programmed Logic Releases Desktop File System

Programmed Logic Corportation has released its Desktop File System (DTFS) for Intel based PCs. DTFS uses transparent file compression to double the disk capacity of PCs running UNIX. DTFS is a plug-and-play file system that transparently compresses all data before storing it on disk, doubling a disk's storage capacity. DTFS provides a means to satisfy the disk space requirements of UNIX on the installed base of Intel-based PCs, addressing the problem of limited hard disk space.

DFTS runs on versions of UNIX which are based on USL System V Release 4, including those from Consensys, Dell, ESIX, Microport, UHC and UNIXWare. An optional development kit allows intergration of third party compression algorithms, without the need for a DTFS source license.

DTFS is available to OEMs, VARs, and system integrators, and plans called for retail market release by the end of 1992. The cost is $249. Contact Programmed Logic Corporation, 200 Cottontail Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873, (908) 302-0090; FAX: (908) 302-1903.

AT&T Commvault Sytems Introduces NetVault

At&T CommVault Systems has introduced NetVault, a UNIX data-management system that provides centralized (server-based) backup and restore services for UNIX clients distributed on TCP/IP networks. NetVault was designed for workgroups and cross-platform network environments.

NetVault supports concurrent processing of multiple client backups to clustered output devices, allows user to run automatic or manual backups on UNIX SVR 3 & 4, SUN OS 4.X, or IBM RS 6000 platforms,and incremental or full automatic backups onto hard disk, QIC tape, or 8 mm tape.

NetVault, designed to work with the EXABYTE EXB-10 Cartridge-handling Subsystem, offers storage capabilities from 2.5Gb to 50Gb with CPIO format and ANSI Standard Label Tapes.

NetVault's other features include both a GUI and a text menu interface, a browse feature that finds stored files, automatic logging of system and error messages, and user access to stored information from any networked node. System administrators can restore files, directories, or entire file systems to any client. NetVault costs $895 per server. Contact At&T Bell Laboratories, 185 Monmouth Parkway, West Long Branch, NJ 07764-1394, (800)331-6207 or (908) 870-7000.

DataTools Announces SQL-BackTrack for Sybase

DataTools, Inc. announced SQL-BackTrack, an object level backup and recovery utility for Sybase databases. SQL-BackTrack supports both physical and logical format backups. Physical format provides for disaster recovery, while logical format supports backup of individual objects or groups of interdependent objects.

SQL-BackTrack automates daily backup through a control file and unattended operation at a predetermined time. SQL-BackTrack maintains an online record of the time and location of each backup, so administrators can request the current version of a database or request recovery "as of" a particular data and time. SQL-BackTrack determines the correct media to load and automates the recovery process.

SQL-BackTrack improves performance by performing parallel saves of multiple databases and by supporting true incremental database backup. SQL-BackTrack supports multiple database backups to the same tape or optical disk. Data is stored in a machine-independent, compressed format, and can be stored encrypted, using a "Secure Dump" facility.

SQL-BackTrack is available on Sun Sparc and IBM RS/6000, and pricing begins at $5,195. Contact DataTools, Inc., 480 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301, (415) 324-2461, FAX: (415) 324-1897; email:


HI-COMP has released HIBACK, a rapid compression backup tool. HI-BACK installed on each network node allows centralized or distributed storage across multiple operating systems to all supported media. A combination of HIBACK and the backup manager, HIBARS, provides configuration and scheduling of jobs from a central node. HIBARS provides a database of backup history to support locating data, and HIBACK provides "direct access" and "fast search" features for data restoration.

HIBACK is compatible with various UNIX platforms (HP-UX, SunOs Sparc, DEC ULTRIX, IBM AIX, Silicon Graphics IRIX, Siemens SINIX, SCO UNIX, Interactive UNIX, AT&T SVR 3 & 4, Apollo Domain), PCs, and MPE platforms. HIBACK supports media including: tape, cartridge, DAT, Exabyte, optical disk, autoloader, and jukebox. Contact HI-COMP America, Inc., 419 Canyon Ave., Ste. 215, Ft. Collins, CO 80521, (303) 224-9700; FAX: (303) 224-9702.

EAGLE Releases Disk Management Tool for UNIX

EAGLE Software, Inc. has released DISK_PAK for UNIX, a disk defragmenter, optimizer, and management tool. DISK_PAK allows in-place clean-up of fragmented disks as well as clustering of frequently accessed information. DISK_PAK supports online file viewing, displaying file system fragmentation graphically without interrupting normal processing. Visual display of fragmentation information can be used to determine when file system optimization should be scheduled.

DISK_PAK has an X Window graphical user interface, and includes an online help utility. DISK_PAK also supports character-based terminals. DISK_PAK supports RAID 5 disk architecture. DISK_PAK supports these platforms: Sun SPARCstations with SunOS 4.1.x, SCO OPEN DESKTOP with SCO UNIX V/386, Data General AViiON witrh DG/UX 5.4.x. )Prices start at $295. Contact EAGLE Software, 123 Indiana, Salina, KS 67401, (913) 832-7257; FAX: (913) 832-6185.

New Era Systems Services Updates HARBOR

New Era Systems Services has released Version 1.1 of their automatic backup and restore system, HARBOR. Features in Version 1.1 include support for Novell servers, online administration, multiple backup version support, new communication platforms, performance improvements, and new utilities.

Version 1.1 supports the data, bindery, and trustee rights of a Novell Netware Server at the 3.1.1 level or higher. HARBOR uses Novell's "Storage Management Services" interface. HARBOR functions run on an associated workstation which may be local or remote to the file server. HARBOR also supports access to MVS over connections direct from a workstation, or through New Era's ETS gateway.

HARBOR provides an online, full-screen interface using TSO/ISPF. HARBOR also provides communications support for NSA's AdaptSNA to APPC for DOS, DCA's OS/2 Communications Server, and Novell IPX/SPX workstation.

HARBOR provides unattended, overnight backup and simple recovery to UNIX workstation, DOS, OS/2, and Windows users and Novell file servers networked to an MVS mainframe. Contact New Era Systems Services Inc., 11344 Coloma Rd, Suite 760, Gold River, CA 95670, (916) 638-8556; FAX: (916) 638-8557.

UniTrends Introduces Data Recovery Service

UniTrends Software Corporation has introduced a data recovery service for quarter-inch cartridge tapes and Exabyte compatible 8mm tapes running on UNIX and XENIX. The technology can get beyond bad spots or media flaws that develop on quarter-inch cartridge tape. This includes 60Mb, 120Mb, 150Mb, or 525 Mb capacity tapes. The service supports Exabyte compatible 8mm tapes. Cartridge tape types include: 300 X/L, 600 A, 600 XTD, 6150, 6250, 6525, 1.2 Gig, or 2.0 Gig 8mm. The process does not depend on whether the tape was made by a QIC tape deck or a SCSI tape deck.

UniTrends specializes in the tar format, but the recovery process will work with any of the above tapes regardless of the data format. This includes "ansi label," "cpio format," and others. Contact UniTrends Software Corp., 1601 21st Ave. N, Suite C-303, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, (803) 626-2878; FAX: (803) 626-5202.

DPT Announces Broader Support for Its SCSI Controllers

Distributed Processing Technology (DPT) has announced that both Cheyenne Software and Univel have added support for the DPT SmartCache Plus SCSI controllers to their products. Univel's UNIXWare Operating System and DPT's SmartCache Plus EISA SCSI can provide 32-bit access to SCSI peripherals. UNIXWare and the DPT controller provide concurrent I/O processing, scatter/gather data transfer, and support for hardware disk caching and disk mirroring.

Cheyenne Software's ARCserve/Solo 2.11 network tape backup and restore software supports SmartCache Plus ISA and EISA SCSI controllers. ARCserve/Solo 2.11, a DOS-based backup tool, supports DOS, NetWare, and peer-to-peer operating systems like NetWare Lite and LANtastic. Combining the DPT and Cheyenne products, users can backup as much as 35 gigabytes of data attaching up to seven identical tape drives to a single DPT SCSI controller.

Contact Distributed Processing Technology, 140 Candace Drive, Maitland, FL 32751, (407) 830-5522; FAX: (407) 260-5366.

Software Moguls Announces Platforms, Plans, and Distributors

Software Moguls, Inc. has introduced a version of its SM-arch network backup and extraction software for Hewlett-Packard's 9000/700 series of HP-UX systems. Version 3.0 of SM-arch supports the HP-UX series as clients and servers and provides support for optical jukebox hardware. SM-arch supports remote backup devices, with simultaneous backups through a single point control. SM-arch allows four drives to be connected to four different client systems, while operating the jukebox from the backup server and maintaining a single online catalog and media library. The vendor claims outstanding performance for the new release.

Software Moguls also announced plans to support Digital Equipment Corporation's Alpha AXP 64-bit RISC computing architecture under the DEC OSF/1 operating system. Plans call for the release of both client and server modules of SM-arch by September 1993. In another announcement, Lifeboat, Inc. was named as a distributor for SM-arch in Japan. Contact Software Moguls, Inc., 12301 Whitewater Drive, Suite 160, Minnetonka, MN 55343, (612) 933-8790; FAX: (612) 933-8942.

DMS Supports Alpha AXP, UNIXWare, and AOS/VS to UNIX Migration

DMS Systems, Inc. has announced plans to support DEC's Alpha AXP architecture with its Disk Backup & Recovery System (DBR) software. Additionally, DMS has announced DBR v2.0 for Univel's UNIXWare. Plans called for both products to be available first quarter 1993. DBR was developed by DMS for Data General platforms, and is marketed by Data General as Dump II/Load II and Dump 3/Load 3. With the development of the Disk Backup & Recovery System for UNIX, DMS provides both VS and UNIX support, and DBR can be used to share both data and resources across the two environments.

DBR allows tapes created with VSII, VS, AOS, or RDOS to be read on the UNIX side. DBR for UNIX will dump data to a tape in a format that standard AOS/VS utilities can load. Hardware resources can be shared by UNIX and VS II machines on a TCP/IP network. Using the DBR MV Server (on an AOS/VS II system), DBR can dump directly from a UNIX file system to a tape drive on the VS II system, in standard VS, tar, cpio, or UNIX DBR formats. Contact DMS Systems, Inc., 1111 Brickyard Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84106, (801) 484-3333; FAX: (801) 484-3367.

Performance Technology Announces POWERfusion for Workgroups

Performance Technology has announced POWERfusion for Workgroups, and POWERfusion for Workgroups with RS/6000 support, an RS/6000-to-Workgroup connectivity package supporting Windows for Workgroups, Workgroup connection, DOS, and OS/2 users. POWERfusion is a "plug and play" UNIX connectivity product for Windows for Workgroups which can use the AIX RS/6000 platform as a workgroup server. POWERfusion for Workgroups is described as providing three specific capabilities: 1) plug-and-play operation; 2) support for Windows for Workgroups "orphans," such as UNIX, XTs, and ATs; 3) high performance and low memory overhead.

POWERfusion for Workgroups is priced at $100 per workstation. Contact Performance Technology, 800 Lincoln Center, 7800 I.H. 10 West, San Antonio, TX 78230, (210) 349-2000.

Arnet Extends COMStax

Arnet Corporation has announced two stackable modules providing either parallel or multiprotocol synchronous communications to the COMStax I/O communications subsystem, part of their COMStax family for PCs, which connects a single-slot COMStax host adapter card with up to eight external stackable I/O modules. Arnet also announced extended support for Univel's UNIXWare operating system, with its COMStax system supporting up to 128 asynchronous ports from one slot. Arnet also supports serial connectivity with Novell's NetWare Asynchronous Communications Server (NACS) 3.0 through ArnetWare, an environment specific driver on Arnet's SmartPort and COMStax families of products. Contact Arnet Corporation, 618 Grassmere Park Drive, #6, Nashville, TN 37211; (615) 834-8000; FAX: (615) 834-5399.

TSS Announces TSSnet and TSSterm

Thursby Software Systems, Inc. (TSS) has announced TSSnet for Solaris and TSSterm for UNIX. TSSnet allows Solaris systems to participate in networks as a DECnet Phase IV end node (with Phase V compatibility) and provides network terminal and printer support under the LAT (Local Area Transport) protocol. TSSnet allows DECwindows and other X Window clients to run under the Solaris X window server, and provides a gateway between UNIX, VMS, and Apple Macintosh mail systems. TSSterm is an end-user version of TSS's VT320 terminal emulator for UNIX. TSSterm provides DEC VT320 emulation in an X Window environment. Contact Thursby Software Systems, Inc., 5840 W. Interstate 20, Suite 100, Arlington, TX 76017, (817) 478-5070; FAX: (817) 561-2313.

DEC's Alpha Gains Support

Applied Information Systems, Inc., has announced ports of the BURCOM and Ulysses connectivity products for Digital Equipment Corporation's 64-bit Alpha AXP RISC systems. BURCOM provides interoperability between DEC OpenVMS and the Unisys A-series and V-series environments, and includes Unisys ET1100/T27 terminal emulation. Ulysses provides similar connectivity for Unisys 1100/2200 systems with UTS/SVT terminal emulation. Applied Information has also ported the XESS spreadsheet to the Alpha, supporting both OpenVMS and DEC OSF/1.

In another announcement, EasyEntry Software, a spinoff from Applied Information Systems, stated that its data entry product, EasyEntry, "will be fully migrated to Digital Equipment Corp.'s 64-bit Alpha AXP RISC system."

Contact Applied Information Systems, 100 Europa Drive, Suite 555, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, (919) 942-7801; FAX: (919) 493-7563. Or contact EasyEntry Software, Inc., P.O. Box 2464, Chapel Hill, NC 27515, (919) 933-3113; FAX: (919) 968-1350.

Pericom Releases teem-X Plus

Pericom, Inc. has released teem-X plus, an enhanced version of its connectivity tool for X-Window based UNIX and VMS systems. teem-X plus allows X-based workstations or terminals to access and display mainframe software which has not been converted to X-Window standards. teem-X plus features a "soft button" facility for customizing on-screen buttons; a scripting language for writing command files; file transfer via Kermit enabling file copying between the display station and the mainframe and vice versa; and an autocolor mode through which on-screen attributes can be converted into different colors.

Other features include the addition of Prime PT250 and Tandem 6526 terminal emulation, the ability to pre-load fonts, support for the Sun4 and Sun PC-style keyboards, and a built-in license manager. teem-X plus offers a choice of Open Look or Motif Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs). Contact Pericom, Inc., 9 Princess Rd., Suite D, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648, (609) 895-0404; FAX: (609) 895-0408.

UniPress Distributes XRemote and XVision

UniPress Software, Inc. has begun distributing NCD's XRemote. XRemote allows access to X Window applications running on remote UNIX/VMS hosts over serial lines (either a RS232 cable or a modem link) rather than over a network. XRemote uses compression techniques suitable for text applications and is described as "much faster that the SLIP protocol." A 9,600 baud V.32 connection is recommended.

With XVision, PC users can display X Window and MS-Windows applications on the same screen. XVision users have full access to networked UNIX and VMS resources, including X Window programs. XRemote is available as an add-on. Contact UniPress Software, 2025 Lincoln Highway, Edison, NJ 08817, (908) 287-2100; FAX: (908) 287-4929.

Lynx Real-Time Provides LynxOS Option

Lynx Real-Time Systems has announced the addition of VP/ix, an integrated MS-DOS operating environment, to LynxOS. VP/ix for LynxOS supports users operating in real-time environments who need concurrent non-real-time UNIX/POSIX and MS-DOS applications. VP/ix lets users run UNIX and MS-DOS applications in a paged virtual memory environment on a single system. Users can initiate MS-DOS commands directly from LynxOS and run MS-DOS applications from the LynxOS prompt. Users can also run UNIX commands from MS-DOS.

VP/ix integrates MS-DOS files into the UNIX file system - users can access files using either UNIX or MS-DOS commands, and UNIX and MS-DOS applications can share files. VP/ix costs $695, and supports both LynxOS and MS-DOS peripherals. Contact Lynx Real-TIme Systems, Inc., 16780 Lark Ave., Los Gatos, CA 95030, (408) 354-7770; FAX: (408) 354-7085.

Systems Strategies Upgrades ezBRIDGE Transact

Systems Strategies Inc. is upgrading ezBRIDGE Transact to incorporate IBM's Message Queue Interface (MQI). ezBRIDGE Transact is a communication software package that provides delivery of transactions among applications running in multi-vendor computing environments. ezBRIDGE Transact supports asynchronous transaction delivery, recoverable queues, and transaction routing.

Plans call for support for: AIX, PC LAN (OS/2), AS/400, IBM Mainframe, Tandem Guardian, Digital VAX/VMS, and Stratus/System 88. Customers who purchase ezBRIDGE Transact now will be provided with a free upgrade to Transact with MQI. Contact Systems Strategies Inc., One Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10119, (212) 279-8400; FAX: (212) 967-8368.

Puzzle Systems Ports SoftNet Utilities

Puzzle Systems Corporation has ported their SoftNet Utilities NetWare emulation software to Silicon Graphics' Iris and Crimson UNIX platforms. SoftNet Utilities provides Silicon Graphics' UNIX platforms NetWare 2.2 and 3.11 server emulation, allowing them to act as Novell NetWare compatible file servers to PC NetWare clients.

PC NetWare clients can transparently access the UNIX file system and printing resources without the requirements of UNIX disk partitioning, reconfiguring the UNIX kernel, or adding drivers. Silicon Graphics' workstation users can also send their print jobs to the NetWare print resources. Prices start from $1295 for a 16 concurrent user license. Contact Puzzle Systems Corporation, 16360 Monterey Rd., Suite 250, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, (408) 779-9909; FAX: (408) 779-5058.

LDS Inc. Releases EmPath

LDS Inc. has released EmPath, a communications package that offers DOS/UNIX file transfer, copying, and extended access capabilities. EmPath permits switching from DOS to UNIX and back again from the DOS prompt without exiting applications running on either side. EmPath enables DOS users to connect with two separate UNIX operating systems and have both on-line simultaneously. Users can access up to eight different logical sessions at each of two remote UNIX sources. Additional features include: buffered, interrupt-driven communications, and external communications interface. EmPath supports line speeds up to 38,400 bps, dual session capability to independent hosts, and SCO Office Portfolio. Contact LDS Inc., 10323 W. 84th Terr., Lenexa, KS 66214, (913) 492-5700; FAX: (913) 492-3506.