Tivoli Upgrades Management Environment
Tivoli Systems has upgraded its Management Environment
Management Environment Release 1.6 includes configuration,
automation, and scheduling services. With the configuration
database, system managers can develop and store "templates"
of key configuration information. Templates eliminate
the need to
recreate configuration information each time a change
The configuration definition database helps centralize
large networks of clients and servers. Using the change
service and configuration templates, system administrators
a few steps, make consistent changes to large numbers
Managers select a template, identify the target workstation,
the template. The template updates the target resources
with the new
configuration information. The scheduling service gives
over the timing of changes.
Another feature of Tivoli Management Environment Release
1.6 is Tivoli/FSM,
which manages UNIX client/server file sharing mechanisms.
supports a graphical interface, and automates the various
to maintain file systems. Systems managers can group
of workstations and manipulate their network file system
as a single unit; define the files and directories they
want to make
available, and export them to the network and designated
make changes in file systems and propagate them throughout
eliminating inconsistent file sharing relationships
and failures of
Release 1.6 also includes tools for basic configuration
software distribution, and remote systems monitoring,
as well as toolkits
for customizing Tivoli applications and building compatible
For more information, contact Tivoli Systems, Inc.,
6034 West Courtyard
Dr., Suite 210, Austin, TX 78730, (512) 794-9070; FAX:
Solbourne Enhances AOA Server Offering
Solbourne Computer, Inc. has announced two products,
PerfMon and X.25,
which support the Application Optimized Architecture
is a networked, client/server-based systems management
recognizes, diagnoses, and optimizes a range of system
metrics such as symmetric multiprocessing. X.25 is a
option supporting connectivity to public or private
data networks (PSDNs). PerfMon consists of a "Statistics
and a "Viewer." A Gatherer is installed on
each server and
probes the kernel to collect performance data. The Viewer
is the graphical
user interface (GUI) used to display the information.
can be licensed separately and installed on Solbourne
a network. Statistics gathered from multiple systems
can be displayed
simultaneously on a single graphics display, with output
gauges, line charts, or bar charts.
In addition to standard kernel, disk, and processor
PerfMon allows for customer-defined, installation-specific
Other features include user-defined triggers which alert
only on an
exception basis; logging of statistics to the disk with
any time; and analyzing of results by spreadsheet or
reporting, or analysis programs.
Solbourne's X.25 data communications option meets CCITT
for interoperablity and certification. X.25's controller
outboard software combination lets users configure Solbourne
as X.25 hosts, so terminal users throughout the network
the data and applications residing on these hosts. Also
Service Interface lets programmers write client/server
PerfMon is priced at $4,880 for a complete initial client/server
Each additional license is priced at $1,080. X.25 is
priced at $8,000.
For more information contact Solbourne Computer, Inc.,
Rd., Longmont, CO 80501, (303) 772-3400, FAX: (303)
IXI Announces Panorama and Motif Developer's Kit
IXI Corporation has announced IXI Panorama, an extension
for the standard
OSF/Motif Window Manager which provides a virtual workspace
For users who have screens crowded with overlapping
windows, or who
have to iconify running programs for additional screen
supports panning around the virtual screen, bringing
into view. Features include the ability to split up
screens, a "sticky
window" facility so windows can be glued to the
front or back
screen and move with the user, and the ability to support
100 windows in the virtual workspace.
IXI Panorama is a Motif-compliant application, and by
using the standard
Motif Window Manager resource names and files, Panorama
the standard Motif Window manager. Users can switch
to basic Motif
Window Manager mode while running IXI Panorama. IXI
Panorama can also
communicate with IXI's X.desktop. For example, icons
can be placed
on the virtual screen and moved around the workspace
containing running programs. IXI Panorama will initially
ship on Sun
SPARC workstations and the company plans to ship on
RISC and Intel
platforms by the end of the year.
IXI also announced an agreement to supply SunSoft developers
OSF/Motif windowing technology. The agreement lets SunSoft
comply with the Common Open Software Environment (COSE),
Motif as its toolkit for graphical application development.
the terms of the agreement, SunSoft will make the Motif
Kit from IXI available for Solaris SPARC platforms.
According to IXI,
SunSoft will issue the Developer's Kit for Solaris Intel
later this year. In addition, SunSoft intends to incorporate
OSF/Motif technology in the graphical user interface
in the next release
of the Solaris operating system for both SPARC and Intel
For more information contact IXI Corporation, One Annabel
San Ramon, CA 94583, (510) 275-3120; FAX: (510) 275-0313.
UniPress Announces Four Products
UniPress Software, Inc., has announced two connectivity
PC2X and Mail-it, and two products that support development,
Source Code Manager (SCM) and AutoMake.
PC2X , UNIX-PC connectivity software, lets users control
PCs and their applications, including MS Windows, from
an X window
on a UNIX workstation or X terminal. In addition to
a UNIX display
of applications, PC2X lets users run several PC2X windows
at a time for simultaneous access to multiple PCs. Using
system administrators can monitor and maintain the PCs
in a network
from a single UNIX workstation or terminal; users can
such as remote training or troubleshooting, running
central help desks,
and remote network management. PC2X is a client/server
which can run over TCP/IP connections or RS 232C serial
also announced Mail-it, an MS Windows application that
lets PC users
access UNIX mail systems. Mail-it can deliver messages
and over networks (Internet, USENET, or UUCP). Mail-it
TCP/IP and NFS transports for Windows (SunSelect's PC-NFS,
PC/TCP, and Novell LAN WorkPlace) and includes WINSOCK
Another release from UniPress is Source Code Manager
(SCM), a system
for managing the source code of multi-programmer projects.
file access management, release revision tracking, and
Features of SCM include the capability for team members
all source files; a merge tool for combining the edits;
to tell who last edited a given line; compilation of
any two releases of the software system; lists of sources
a given release; a history of releases; security from
to the history files; access protection; and tracking
of binary files.
SCM does not need a database administrator and files
do not have to
be checked in and out for edits. UniPress has also released
a development tool that generates makefiles for C/C++
UNIX, DOS, and MS Windows.
For more information contact UniPress Software, 2025
Edison, NJ 08817, (908) 287-2100; FAX: (908) 287-4929.
JCC Introduces Flat Panel X Terminal
Japan Computer Corporation has introduced a RISC-based
panel X terminal, XfaceC (XfC), designed to bring color
to users who require a compact, high-resolution, and
X terminal. XfC uses Thin Film Technology (TFT) for
LCD display. XfC incorporates the features of the monochromatic
panel series, with the addition of a RISC engine, X
large screen size, and color.
At 25 MHz, XfC uses a RISC chip set with performance
of 70,000 Xstones,
and 256 colors on a 13-inch LCD screen with 1280x1024
The unit is available with several options including
panel, MIC, bar code reader, and printer. Because XfC
uses a common
server software, the same boot software can be used
with many platforms.
The XfC can also be installed and configured for several
applications, and I/O devices. For fast screen updates,
XfC uses a
proprietary X server accelerator to offload X primitives
such as bitblt,
fill, and arc to hardware.
XfC has a median price of $10,000 and is available through
For more information contact Japan Computer Corporation,
Plaza, Suite 400, Fort Lee, NJ 07024, (201) 592-5023,
FAX: (201) 592-1549.
RTMX-UniFLEX Offers Real-Time POSIX OS for Motorola Chip
RTMX-UniFLEX Inc. has begun offering RTMX O/S, a real-time
system, with development tools, and an OEM support kit.
RTMX O/S has
been ported to the Motorola MC68040 32-bit CISC CPU
on several VMEbus
single board computers (SBCs), including the MVME167
O/S also runs on Motorola's MVME187, MC88100 RISC 32-bit
and 2 VMEbus processors, and 386/486 PCs/Industrial
RTMX O/S is self-hosted, IEEE 1003.1 POSIX-compliant,
and scalable. Each RTMX system comes with tools for
and debugging. Included in RTMX O/S are GNU ANSI C,
GNU's C++ (g++),
GNU C source level debugger, libraries, and a set of
(Draft) utility tools. RTMX/S supports POSIX real-time
Network File System (NFS); the X Window System, X11R5;
Motif 1.2 GUI;
client/server and X Terminals; and Berkeley Networking
OSI, and SLIP protocols.
RTMX O/S support includes training, custom device drivers,
source code options. For more information contact RTMX-UniFLEX
Inc., 800 Eastowne Dr., Suite 111, Chapel Hill, NC 27514,
FAX: (919) 490-2903; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
UniTrends Upgrades CTAR
UniTrends Software Corp. has upgraded CTAR, their backup
software. CTAR version 3.4 features include double buffering
virtual file support; backup and restore by date; unattended
scheduler; menu with pick-and-point quick toggle boxes
CTAR options; preconfigured command creation and management;
library editing and selection shown in English; wildcard
exclusion on backup and restore; and support for 17
CTAR 3.4 still supports its standard features of Master
archiving, unattended cron backup and verification,
and high compression
rates which, according to UniTrends, average 40% to
60%, and range
to 95% on large database files. CTAR 3.4 backs up NFS-mounted
and archives entire file systems, including device files,
links, named pipes, and empty directories. CTAR 3.4
can span multiple
volumes and use dual devices in sequential order unattended.
3.4 also includes Error Recovery from "bad spots"
disk and tape media.
For more information and a demo copy contact UniTrends
Corp., 1601 21st Ave. N., Suite C-303, Myrtle Beach,
SC 29577, (803)
626-2878; FAX: (803) 626-5202.
IDE Releases ISE for SPARC Workstations
Interactive Development Environments (IDE), Inc., has
through Pictures Integrated Structured Environments
(ISE) on the Solaris
Version 2.x operating system for SPARC workstations
and servers. ISE
is a multi-user CASE environment that includes a number
editors, a document preparation system, interfaces to
systems, and an object annotation facility. These features
central repository with locking and access control.
The ISE graphical
editors support structured development methods and notations,
Structured Analysis, Structured Design, and Real-Time
Specifications. ISE contains programs for checking design
verify the completeness and consistency of diagrams.
IDE emphasizes ISE's open architecture, called Visible
which lets users extend and customize their environments,
supports integration with other tools, providing a flexible
approach to satisfying project and organization requirements.
more information contact IDE, Inc., 595 Market St.,
San Francisco, CA 94105, (800) 888-4331.
King Computer Services Upgrades EZ-MENU
King Computer Services, Inc., has upgraded its menuing
EZ-MENU lets system administrators use standard text
files to create
point-and-shoot menus which provide users with easy
access to frequently
used programs. The upgraded version of EZ-MENU adds
so user access to programs can be controlled. As an
measure, if a user does not have access to certain programs,
programs do not appear in the user's menus.
Multiple-use licenses are available for VARs or software
to use EZ-MENU as a front-end to their system. EZ-MENU
for XENIX and other UNIX operating systems. A single
CPU license is
priced at $100. For more information contact King Computer
Inc., 10350 Samoa Ave., Tujunga, CA 91042, (818) 951-5240;
DIT Introduces TransferPro
Digital Instrumentation Technology, Inc. has introduced
for Sun Solaris 2.1 and TransferPro for Silicon Graphics/Motif.
two software programs let users perform standard Macintosh
file operations between workstations and PCs or Macintoshes.
operations include copying, moving, deleting, renaming,
and removing files and directories while using removable
TransferPro supports data movement without network access;
filters; and access to UNIX, MS-DOS, and Macintosh disks.
Both graphical and character-based versions of TransferPro
Besides floppies and cartridge tapes, TransferPro can
to SCSI devices such as Bernoulli and SyQuest drives;
drives such as those from Pinnacle Micro and Sony; and
removable hard-disk drives.
Both TransferPro Sun Solaris 2.1 and TransferPro Silicon
single-user versions are priced at $349 and a single-user
license is priced at $849. For more information contact
Instrumentation Technology, Inc., 127 Eastgate Dr.,
#20500, Los Alamos,
NM 87544; (415) 986-0966; FAX: (415) 986-8270.
GEJAC Releases ARSAP
GEJAC, Inc. has released ARSAP Resource Management and
software for System V and BSD-based UNIX platforms.
data needed to manage use of system resources by user,
or department, on multi-user systems or workstations.
consolidated usage accounting statistics and reporting
to help administrators
"chargeback" usage of a network of mixed platforms.
Reporting module for the administrator and Data Collection
on each node or workstation, ARSAP tracks ucpu, scpu,
bio, cio, connect
time, seat time, logins, and other system resources.
ARSAP can identify
which software packages are used, how often, on which
nodes, and by
GEJAC states that ARSAP supports "an unlimited
number of workstations,
nodes, users and projects," along with varied shifts,
adjustable based on shift, node, user, and project.
Entry of project
or charge numbers can be required as part of login.
Users can change
the project being charged as needed. For more information
GEJAC, Inc., 8643 Cherry Lane, Laurel, MD 20707-6210,
FAX: (301) 725-7196.
The Cummings Group Ships NCLogin and NCAdmin
The Cummings Group has begun shipping two networking
tools for UNIX
workstations, NC Login and NCAdmin. Both NCLogin (load
and NCAdmin (chargeback accounting) are part of the
NCLogin supports transparent, load-balanced access to
Using NCLogin, system administrators can predefine the
cluster(s) which users can access without reconfiguring
At the core of NCLogin is the Network Computing Executive
proprietary Resource Manager. NCE keeps track of the
on each node and passes this information to NCLogin.
this information along with user permissions to determine
loaded node to assign for a particular task.
NCAdmin, used with NCLogin or Sterling Software's NQS/Exec,
system resources, and can be used to monitor load balancing
chargeback accounting. NCAdmin adds project-level accounting
a centralized Motif interface.
For more information contact The Cummings Group, Inc.,
Ave., Suite 307, Seattle, WA 98104; (800) 624-4340 or
FAX: (206) 624-9220.
PhaseII Releases ClockWise 2.0
PhaseII Software Corporation has released ClockWise
2.0 can operate standalone on a DOS LAN or as a client
to a ClockWise
system on UNIX utilizing PC/NFS, Novell Netware, or
software. ClockWise 2.0 is a group scheduler that extends
features of personal information managers to a group
of people. By
sharing this information, ClockWise 2.0 can be used
to avoid scheduling
conflicts, delegate and monitor projects, and maintain
a record of
Using a UNIX host, users with dumb terminals and remote
as well as UNIX workstations and DOS systems, can share
ClockWise UNIX platforms include UNIX386/486, Unixware,
SunOS, RS6000 AIX, HP/UX, and RISC Ultrix. ClockWise
UNIX connection software, is priced at $295 for a five-client
Additional client licenses are priced at $249 per five-client
For more information contact PhaseII Software Corporation,
Washington St., Suite 407, Woburn MA 01801; (617) 937-0256.
UniFace Develops DB2/6000 Interface Driver
UniFace Corporation had begun developing a client/server
4GL for IBM's
DATABASE 2 AIX/6000 (DB2/6000) relational database.
The UNIFACE DB2/6000
Interface Driver will provide transparent read/write
access to DB2/6000
databases running under IBM's AIX UNIX operating system;
DB2 features, including host and DB2 security, error
integrity and reversibility, and DB2 datatypes; the
ability to build
standalone RDBMS applications for AIX workstation running
OSF/Motif interface; and the ability to build client/server
that link UNIX, DOS, MS Windows and OS/2 client computers
to a DB2/6000
database server across local area networks.
The UNIFACE DB2/6000 will support IBM Distributed Database
Services/6000 (DDCS/6000), allowing applications built
to access IBM host databases and other Distributed Relational
Architecture (DRDA) compliant RDBMSs via the server
UNIFACE DB2/6000 Interface Driver will also support
Transaction Manager and TCP/IP communications for UNIX
more information contact UniFace Corporation, 1320 Harbor
Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501-6556, (800) 365-3608.
Sterling Software Offers NQS and NQS/Exec
Sterling Software, Systems Software Marketing Division,
offering Sterling NQS and Sterling NQS/Exec, full network
systems that operate across heterogeneous UNIX clusters,
such as Sun, HP, and IBM to proprietary NQS systems
from Cray, Convex,
and Control Data. Features of both Sterling NQS and
time- or event-driven batch job submittals, use of Motif
command lines, enhanced security through the use of
JOB IDs, and monitoring
capabilities that enable full batch job recovery. Sterling
can also be used to workload-balance a UNIX environment.
information contact Sterling Software, 11050 White Rock
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670, (916) 635-5535: FAX: (916)
Rational Data Systems Announces PopTerm/NVT Release 2.00.
Rational Data Systems has announced PopTerm/NVT Release
2.00, a terminal
emulator designed specifically for NetWare for UNIX
for both MS-DOS and Windows. PopTerm/NVT Release 2.00
include VT-220 emulation, selectable fonts (under Windows),
remapping. Other features include VT-52 and VT-102 emulation,
Virtual Terminal (NVT) support, internationalization,
support, and TSR operation (MS-DOS). Free demo copies
Release 2.00 are available to users of NetWare for UNIX.
information contact Rational Data Systems, 1050 Northgate
San Rafael, CA 94903, (415) 499-3354; FAX: (415) 499-8115.
Nth Portable Graphics Announces Graphics Library for Solaris 2.x
Nth Portable Graphics, Inc., has announced the NPGL
for Solaris 2.x. NPGL, a hardware-independent IRIS GL
graphics library, gives developers a way to port 3-D
applications written for the Silicon Graphics platform
systems. NPGL for Solaris 2.x supports advanced 3-D
such as texture mapping, alpha blending, transparency,
buffer function, and Z-buffer direct access for reads
and writes through
XGL 3.0.1. NPGL for Solaris 2.x also supports third-party
accelerators through XGL's downloadable device drivers.
For more information
contact Nth Portable Graphics, Inc., One Technology
Donley Dr., Suite 365, Austin TX 78758-4538; (512) 908-4707.
Cygnus Support Announces DejaGnu
Cygnus Support has announced DejaGnu, a framework for
testing with a specific focus on regression testing.
DejaGnu can test
software running native on UNIX workstations and can
also test programs
that run in embedded systems. DejuGnu tracks both expected
results of each test, highlighting successful fixes
and new problems
in regression testing. Users write test cases in the
using a language called Expect, which is based on Tcl
language), and tests run on a variety of native and
systems. Tests for the GNU development tools G++, GCC,
and GDB are
included with DejaGnu. For more information contact
1937 Landings Dr., Mountain View, CA 94043, (415) 903-1400;