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New Products

ASi Ships PKZIP MultiPlatform Compression Software

Ascent Solutions Inc. has begun shipping PKZIP and PKZIP Data Compression Library products for MVS and AS/400. UNIX versions for SUN Solaris 1.1 and later, SCO UNIX, SCO Xenix, AT&T System 5, Interactive, AIX, HP/UX, Ultrix, and DG Aviion are also available.

PKZIP MultiPlatform uses the advanced deflation algorithm for fast operation while still yielding compression ratios in excess of 90 percent. The PKZIP Data Compression Library (DCL) lets software developers incorporate data compression into their software application programs. The Data Compression Library supports generic compression and extraction to and from any location, and supports 14 different platforms. Data compressed on one system may be decompressed on another using the comparable library. I/O is handled by the application routines, making the DCL flexible.

In 1992, ASi obtained the rights from PKWARE to develop and market non-DOS PKZIP compression products. No runtime royalties are required for use of DCL. For more information contact Ascent Solutions Inc., 17 South St. Clair, Suite 300, Dayton, OH 45402, (513) 222-9012; FAX: (513) 222-9011; Data: (513) 222-0044.

UniPress Announces SoftNet

UniPress has announced SoftNet, which allows UNIX workstation to become integrated Novell NetWare servers or clients. SoftNet has three parts: SoftNet Utilities, SoftNet Client, and SoftNet Term. It requires no additional hardware or software.

The first part, SoftNet Utilities, lets Sun, HP, IBM, SGI, and SCO workstations be Novell NetWare 2.2 or 3.1 servers, providing file and print sharing capabilities. No disk partitioning is necessary and NetWare client PCs map UNIX directories. SoftNet supports file exchange between UNIX workstations and PCs while retaining the security features of UNIX and NetWare. The UNIX system running SoftNet has the same interface and is administered the same way as a NetWare server, and Novell's administrative utilities are functional on the UNIX server. SoftNet utilities also include a DOS terminal emulator, allowing users access to the UNIX host with the IPX protocol.

The second component, SoftNet Client, lets UNIX workstation run as NetWare Clients. UNIX users mount NetWare servers, access files, and use the NetWare disk and printing resources. Standard UNIX commands and procedures are used. SoftNet Client does not require disk partitioning and does not interfere with TCP/IP activities.

The third part, SoftNet Term, allows a PC NetWare client to conduct a remote UNIX terminal session using IPX as a transport. No additional purchase of TCP/IP is required. The DOS terminal emulation is carried by the IPX protocol that has been established when both PC and UNIX components are running. The SoftNet Term host side requires no disk partitioning and can be used as a standalone product.

SoftNet Utilities is priced from $1,299 for 16 concurrent NetWare connections. SoftNet Client is priced at $399 for a single user and $1,499 for a five-pack. SoftNet Term requires the purchase of both UNIX host and PC sides. Prices are $399 per UNIX host, and $99 for the PC side. For more information contact UniPress Software, 2025 Lincoln Highway, Edison, NJ 08817, (908) 287-2100; FAX: (908) 287-4929.

OPENService SJI Introduces SYSTEMWatch AI-L

OPENService SJI Inc. has introduced SYSTEMWatch AI-L for UNIX. SYSTEMWatch AI-L, a rules-based software package, automates routine system administration tasks such as monitoring system and application data, initiating remedial actions and alerts, and escalating problems as necessary. SYSTEMWatch AI-L uses a client/server model. The SYSTEMWatch AI-L system management console lets the system administrator monitor multiple hosts on the network simultaneously. Individual hosts run a client version that gathers data, makes basic decisions, and passes data and messages to the server.

SYSTEMWatch AI-L exchanges data between SYSTEMWatch AI-L applications and user processes in a human-readable form. Features of SYSTEMWatch AI-L include managing printers, file systems, mail queues, backups, system performance, security, user processes, customer applications and databases. OPENService SJI provides a variety of preconfigured message interface modules, such as alphanumeric paging and faxing, and a customer customization option. The AI-L development language lets customers define the management information bases (MIBs) from which intelligent decision will be made, as well as the complex reasoning operations, or rules, under which SYSTEMWatch AI-L will operate.

SYSTEMWatch AI-L is integrated with SunConnect's network management system, SunNet Manager. And OPENService SJI supports SYSTEMWatch AI-L by providing customer hotlines, consulting, training and bug fixes, and custom development of MIBs, rule sets, and application interfaces.

The SYSTEMWatch AI-L client package is priced at $395 per host, and the system administrator's management console is priced at $7,995. Site licensing for system management consoles and runtime versions is available. For more information contact OPENService SJI Inc., 650 Castro St., Suites 120-306, Mountain View, CA 94041, (415) 390-9150; FAX: (415) 390-9152.

Diederich & Associates Announces NetScript/6000

Diederich & Associates has announced NetScript/6000 - multi-vendor, multi-protocol enabling software for NetView/6000. NetScript/6000 operational, administrative, configuration, and control functions are integrated with the NetView/6000 graphical user interface. NetScript provides monitor and control capability for elements that NetView does not independently manage.

NetScript/6000 translates protocol, language, and syntax of alarms from monitored elements into management info displayable on NetView/6000 submaps. NetScript/6000 can monitor higher-level, cross-domain visibility of problems, alarm notification and summary, and fastpath to failure. Colors are used to dynamically reflect device operational status. NetScript/6000 alarm processing is tailorable and supports filtering, correlation, time-relation, and threshold alarm input. Command functions of NetScript/6000-managed elements are available from the NetView/6000 object menu and main menu bar. NetScript/6000 provides command capability for SNMP devices monitored by NetView/6000. NetScript can provide support for devices from NetView and NetView Graphic Monitor Facility (NGMF) or NETCENTER. NetScript provides automatic recovery from a distributed platform, the host platform, or both. For more information, contact Diederich & Associates, Inc., 625 Fair Oaks Ave., Suite 290, South Pasadena, CA 91030; (818) 799-9670; FAX: (818) 799-9521.

DBA Announces ARC Program for UNIX

Data Bank Associates, Inc. have announced the ARC/UX compression and library program for the 88K, HP, and Coherent UNIX systems. Files can be added, moved, deleted, updated, or executed from an ARC library. ARC libraries are compatible on UNIX, Data General AOS/VS, DOS, and OS/2 operating systems - files compressed on any of these platforms can be used, as is, on any other platform.

The ARC program was developed by DBA under a license from System Enhancement Associates of Waye, New Jersey, the original developers of the ARC program for DOS-based PCs. ARC/UX is compatible with level 6 of ARC on all platforms and uses the system-specific information from DBA's implementation under other operating systems. ARC/UX preserves UNIX filenames but also generates an "aka" (also known as) name for PCs when the original name doesn't conform to PC conventions.

ARC/UX retains the functionality of the DOS and AOS/VS versions while operating in a multiuser environment. Multiple users can extract or run programs simultaneously from a common ARC library.

DBA has planned releases of ARC/UX for other systems during the summer of 1993, including IBM, SUN, SCO, NCR, and AT&T UNIX versions. For more information, contact Data Bank Associates, Inc., 20010 Century Blvd., Suite 104, Germantown, MD, 20874-1118; (301) 540-5562; FAX (301) 540-8105.

Programmed Logic Introduces DEFS for PC UNIX Systems

Programmed Logic Corporation has introduced its Data Encryption File System (DEFS) for Intel-based PCs running USL's SVR4 or Univel's UnixWare. DEFS is an SVR4-compatible file system which encrypts file data before storing it on disk, providing security for file data on transportable systems. DEFS works by encrypting and decrypting files automatically using a software key specified when you mount the file system. Without the proper key, file contents are indecipherable. DEFS includes a secure backup utility, which saves data in its encrypted form directly to the backup media.

DEFS has the same features as Programmed Logic's other file system products, including simple installation and automatic tuning for administering DEFS. DEFS performance is described as competetive with comparable single-user personal computer systems. DEFS runs on versions of UNIX compatible with SVR4 and SVR4.2. DEFS is part of Programmed Logic Corporation's family of file system products, which includes DTFS, providing compression to double disk capacity, and HTFS, emphasizing system performance and high throughput. DEFS is priced at $249 for single user and $499 for multi-user systems. For more information, contact Programmed Logic Corporation, 200 Cottontail Lane, Somerset, NJ, 08873; (908) 302-0090; FAX: (908) 302-1903.

QSTAR Centralizes Backups

QStar Technologies, Inc., a developer of portable optical storage management software, has announced ES/Backup, part of its Enterprise System Management Solutions family of products. ES/Backup provides a single control point while emphasizing high-performance and low-overhead. ES/Backup uses the client/server model for backups. QStar provides network extensions for server and client workstations running under UNIX, on platforms including Sun SPARC, IBM RS/6000, HP 9000/700&800, DECstation, and Intel-based UNIX SVR4.2. Client modules also support Macintosh and MS-DOS systems.

ES/Backup is scalable and extensible, with initial installation on a single workstation expanded over time to include other network nodes. ES/Backup allows you to back up all the computers on a network to different storage devices through a single control point. ES/Backup supports multiple, concurrent tasks; and nine incremental levels of backup. Other ES/Backup features include: compression, graphical interface, backup classes (files, directories, disk partitions, or all the files on a node), flexible scheduling, simple file restore, and context-sensitive help. For more information, contact QStar Technologies, Inc., 600 East Jefferson St., Fifth Floor, Rockville, MD, 20852; (800) 568-2578 or (301) 762-9800; FAX: (301) 762-9829.

ILSI Shipping DRTS for DOS, SCO UNIX, and SunOS

ILSI has begun shipping the Distributed Revision Tracking System (DRTS), a suite of code management tools supporting parallel software development by simplifying software version, revision control, and release integration. DRTS supports heterogeneous LAN environments, including DOS, SCO UNIX, and SunOS platforms. Developers work with private copies of project files and merge changes with other developers'. DRTS also supports development of multiple releases concurrently, with mechanisms to support propagation of changes from one release to another.

DRTS was designed with simple commands to simplify learning and use of the tool. And DRTS can be integrated with third-party tools such as make utilities and programmable editors. DRTS can handle both text and binary files, and is programming language-independent. The suggested retail price for a single user DOS license is $300, with UNIX licenses priced at $500, and quantity discounts available. For more information, contact ILSI, 6325 East Monte Cristo Avenue, Scottsdale, AZ, 85254; (602) 991-8281.

Patrol Software Announces DDS/Patrol for Five UNIX Platforms

Patrol Software, Inc. has announced DDS/Patrol, a visual object-oriented systems management tool for distributed applications, databases, and computer systems. DDS/Patrol is available for HP/9000, IBM RS/6000, Sequent, SGI, and Sun SPARC. DDS/Patrol provides a visual interface to entire corporate systems, providing systems administrators with the ability to build automatic procedures for monitoring and controlling systems. Patrol uses libraries called "knowledge modules" to provide monitoring, automatic notification, and recovery actions. Patrol is based on OSF/MOTIF and TCP/IP, and provides a gateway to the Open Software Foundation's Distributed Management Environment (OSF/DME), acting as an OSF/DME Management User Interface and as an interface to the DME object request broker and distributed services.

Patrol's interface uses icons, graphs, and gauges to represent the system status visually. Systems administrators can specify alarms and recovery actions to be executed automatically when an object changes state or a parameter passes some threshold. Patrol's architecture consists of a master console, and an agent which is run on each monitored machine. A developer's interface supports extensions to Patrol. For more information, contact Patrol Software, 100 Marine Parkway, Suite 465, Redwood Shores, CA, 94065; (415) 508-2900; FAX: (415) 591-6431.

Software Moguls Updates SM-arch System Software

Software Moguls, Inc. has introduced Version 3.1 of its SM-arch system software. Version 3.1 improves backup performance by supporting higher speeds, and streaming on Exabyte's EXB-8500 drives. The new version also includes an optional interleaving capability that allows simultaneous backup for multiple systems or users. Version 3.1 of SM-arch also adds a command-line interface with shell scripting as an alternative to the existing graphical interfaces (Motif, Open Look, and character-based).

SM-arch has supported Sun, RS/6000, HP 9000, and Intel platforms. The new version adds support for Silicon Graphics. Other new features include client-based retrieval, a merge pool, ability to modify retention dates, and status views during backup. For more information, contact Software Moguls, Inc., 12301 Whitewater Drive, Suite 160, Minnetonka, MN 55343, (612) 933-8790; FAX: (612) 933-8942.

IRI Releases COSORT Version 3.0

Information Resources, Inc. has begun shipping Verison 3.0 of its sort/merge software, COSORT. The new release is faster and contains more report writing facilities for mainframe-to-UNIX migrants. A BlockSize tuning parameter can be used to specify an optimal number of bytes per physical read and write for each sort. IRI describes throughput improvement over Version 2.5 as, on average, between 15 percent and 25 percent.

The mainframe sort interface to COSORT 3.0, called SORTCL, has an expanded command set to include record header and trailer labeling, multiple format input and output files, and field summing. COSORT includes three standalone utilties for end-user operations and can be called from programs written in C, COBOL, and FORTRAN. Records can be fixed or variable lenght to 32,768 bytes, with any number of sort keys defined in stable or floating fields. Data files handled include: ASCII, EBCDIC, and MF and RM COBOL binary files. COSORT license fees start at $990. For more information, contact Informations Resources, Inc., 319 Decker Road, M/S RR1, Craryvill, NY 12521; (800) 333-7678; (518) 851-2815; FAX: (518) 851-9822.

DataLynx Increases Flexibility of GUARDIAN

DataLynx, Inc. has announced revision 1.3 of the GUARDIAN access control and account management package for UNIX. GUARDIAN 1.3 allows security managers to configure accounts with profile expiration, full password aging and history checking, login time window control, forced logout, and allowed login locations. Site-editable dictionaries are used to automatically generate passwords, and to validate user password choices. Additional options include forcing users to change their password at the next login, and inactivating expired and unused accounts. An audit log tracks login attempts and account creation and modification, and supports account summary reports. License fees range from $600 to $1700 based on maximum login count. GUARDIAN supports SVR4, SunOS 4.1, and Data General's AOS/VS. For more information, contact DataLynx, Inc., 6659 Convoy Court, San Diego, CA 92111; (619) 560-8112; FAX: (619) 560-8114.

TeamOne Supports Solaris 2

TeamOne Systems, Inc. has announced its TeamTools family of distributed development support tools for SunSoft's Solaris. TeamOne scheduled Solaris 2 versions of TeamNet, TeamView, and TeamMake for June 1993. TeamNet is a distributed configuration management and version tracking system. TeamNet can manage data from tools running on NFT-network-based platforms. TeamView provides a graphical real-time view of development projects tracked by TeamNet. TeamMake provides UNIX "make" compatible automated software builds.

TeamTools for Solaris 2 is priced at $16,500 for a system that supports five developers. Volume discounts are available. For more information, contact TeamOne Systems, Inc., 710 Lakeway Drive, Suite 100, Sunnyvale, CA 94086; (408) 730-3500.

Minimus Software Captures Time Dimension of File Systems

Minimus Software has introduced SNAP, a pseudo disk driver which creates "snapshots," recording the time diminsion of file systems and databases. Snapshots provide continuous, directly accessible previous file system states. Snapshots can be treated like other mounted file systems or disk partitions, allowing immediate recovery of files using standard UNIX commands (cd, ls, diff, cp). Snapshots can provided recent change history for files. Snapshots are normally created daily and accessed via a date-based pathname (e.g., /93/0506/home/file). Pathnames and snapshot frequency are user configurable. Flexible creation and deletion of snapshots provides control over granularity of snapshots based on age.

SNAP operates at the device driver level, using a spare partition. SunOS 4.1.x is supported with pricing starting at $595. For more information, contact Minimus Software, 8372 East Lakeview Dr., Parker, CO 80134; (303) 841-6235.

Information Foundation Packages SVR4.2 with TCP/IP for Intel Platforms

Information Foundations, a Denver-based company specializing in Open Systems products and services, announced new pricing and packaging for their UNIX SVR4.2 for Intel platforms. The Enhanced UNIX Desktop includes a complete UNIX runtime environment, the X Window System, the graphical UNIX Desktop Manager, graphical system administration tools, the Windowing Korn Shell, UNIX utilities, online man pages, and an implementation of TCP/IP. The Enhanced UNIX Desktop is priced at $249 for a license only version, $299 for the tape version, and $399 for the diskette version. The tape and diskette versions include user and system administration documentation and a day of free training. Add-on products available include a Networking Module, an Extended Multi User Module, a C Development Module, a Graphical User Interface Development Module, C2 Security Auditing, and DOS/Windows emulation products. For more information, contact Information Foundation, Denver, CO; (800) 438-8649.

CIS Adds UNIX Support to RoboCharge Software

CIS has added UNIX support to its RoboCharge software for OpenVMS resource accounting, project accounting, and chargeback. RoboCharge, a POLYCENTER Solutions Product, provides support for budgeting, capacity planning, reporting and graphics. RoboCharge for UNIX uses all UNIX standard facilities and concepts. UNIX/OpenVMS compatibility is handled by RoboCharge, allowing automatic consolidation between OpenVMS and UNIX systems.

General release of RoboCharge for UNIX was planned for June 1993, with license fees ranging from $300 to $8,000 based on platform. For more information, contact CIS, 120 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02159; (617) 527-1550; FAX: (617) 527-6132.

MaxTech Announces Double VISION Release 1.5

MaxTech has announced Double VISION Release 1.5. Double VISION is a UNIX remote control software package, allowing one user to control another user's terminal. While using Double VISION, both terminals' screen display identical information and the terminals' keyboards can be used interchangeably. Release 1.5 adds improved terminal mapping; additional terminal support, including IBM 3151 and ADDS 2020; completely revised documentation; improved support for FacetTerm; and merging of features from previous releases on all supported platforms. Upgrade prices start at under $100, while list prices are $395 or $495 depending on platform. For more information, contact Maximum Computer Technologies, Inc., 4343 Shallowford Road, #B-4B, Marietta, GA 30062; (404) 587-9152 or (800) 582-9337; FAX: (404) 587-9153.

M S Utilities Releases Custom Menu Builder and Toolkit

M S Utilities has released MultiMenu, a custom menu builder and utility toolkit for UNIX. MultiMenu includes preconfigured system administration menus and utilities accessible with a single keystroke. Both front-end application and user menus can be customized, including the addition of online help. MultiMenu supports global or individual installation of user menus; password protection of menus; full-screen context sensitive help; keyboard remapping; and a screen saver option. Supported platforms include Intel UNIX V systems, IBM RS/6000, and Sun workstations. License fees range from $295 to $595. MultiMenu is distributed by UniDirect, (800) 755-8649; FAX: (714) 707-3095.

Delta Microsystems Ships File Migration Subsystems for HP Platforms

Delta Microsystems has announced MigTool Subsystems for HP 9000/700 & 800 series. MigTool Subsystems, a file migration tool that handles migration of files between magnetic and optical libraries, does not require kernel or file system modifications. MigTool includes a graphical utility, MigStat, that analyzes disk usage and alerts administrators to information that may support more efficient management of disk space. Delta offers four MigTool Subsystem packages which include an HP erasable optical library system, MigTool field migration software, and device driver. Capacities range from 20Gb to 185Gb. MigTool Subsystems is distributed by Peripheral Devices Corporation. For more information, contact Delta Microsystems, (510) 449-6881, for the location and phone number of local PDC offices.

Spectra Logic and ADIC Combine for 4mm Tape Operations

The Spectra Logic division of Western Automation and Advanced Digital Information Corporation (ADIC) have announced that Spectra Logic's Alexandria Backup Librarian software supports ADIC's DAT Autochanger for automating 4mm tape operations. ADIC's DAT Autochanger is a 4mm DDS tape changer system which uses HP's on-board DCLZ data compression to provide capacity to 96Gb (12 4mm cartridges, 8Gb each). Spectra Logic's Alexandria is a UNIX software package which manages data using automated media changers. The combination of tools supports a variety of platforms. For more information, contact Spectra Logic, 1700 North 55th St., Boulder, CO 80301; (303) 449-7759; FAX: (303) 939-8844; email: Or contact Advanced Digital Information Corporation, 14737 NE 87th St., Redmond, WA 98073; (206) 881-8004; FAX: (206) 881-2296.