Microport Introduces Session Log
Microport Systems has introduced Session Log, a productivity
for UNIX workstation users. Session Log records and
plays back workstation
user sessions. Recordings made with Session Log capture
keyboard interactions, not just screen images or X protocols.
captured recordings can be stored for later playback.
records and plays back user sessions with a mouse click
or hot key
and its control menu can be hidden away so that the
Session Log lets non-technical staff give precise demonstrations
by technical experts. Training activities supplemented
Log let instructors provide users with libraries of
For development organizations, Session Log automates
and provides a method for end-user problem reporting.
can also provide statistical analysis of recorded user
Session Log supports Sun SPARC workstations running
Solaris 1.1 or
2.x and supports both Motif and OpenWindows. Recordings
Session Log are portable between Motif and OpenWindows.
costs $895 for a single right-to-use license. For more
contact Microport Systems, 1770 North Research Park
Logan, UT 84321, (801) 750-7800; FAX: (801) 755-7888.
ISG-America Releases INFORMER-X
ISG-America has released INFORMER-X, a suite of systems
utilities for UNIX. The INFORMER-X product suite consists
modules: SCOUT (alert management), SILHOUETTE (system
reporting), PASSBOOK (job accounting and chargeback),
and ENACT (job
INFORMER-X provides a Windows 3.1 interface at the desktop,
DDE and OLE integration and information exchange with
applications. INFORMER-X was developed in the United
Kingdom by ISG
plc and has been marketed successfully there for more
than three years.
INFORMER-X is priced at $3,500 for the four-module product
The price per utility is $995. For more information
359 Littleton Rd., Westford, MA 01886, (508) 392-4977;
MCS Ships NetLink
Micro Computer Systems, Inc. has begun shipping NetLink,
a tool that
links UNIX systems to NetWare clients. Tailored to the
NetLink provides the software needed to let a standard
client communicate with a UNIX computer. NetLink uses
compatible protocols developed by MCS. When installed,
the UNIX portion
of MCS's NetLink provides the UNIX system with IPX/SPX-compatible
protocols, APIs, and terminal services. NetLink offers
connectivity features: terminal emulation, file transfer,
software development. Accessing a UNIX system doesn't
to the normal IPX/SPX configuration of the NetWare system.
The terminal emulation feature lets NetWare clients
function as VT100,
VT220, or Wyse60 terminals, with up to four terminal
at one time. As with terminal emulation, NetLink uses
protocols when initiating a file transfer session. Users
multiple files to and from the UNIX system from either
line or the NetLink file transfer session, which has
the look and
feel of a UNIX ftp session. Another feature of NetLink
resident, NetWare-compatible IPX/SPX and NetBIOS APIs
that let programmers
develop original network applications.
NetLink supports Interactive UNIX 3.2.2, SCO UNIX 3.2.4,
AIX 3.2.5, SUN SPARC 4.1.3, HP/UX 9.0, Unisys SVR4 1.2,
88K, UNIXWare SVR4, and AT&T SVR4. NetLink can also
for either Ethernet or Token Ring networks, and provides
drivers for Token Ring support.
Prices for NetLink start at $895. For more information
Computer Systems, Inc., 2300 Valley View Lane, Suite
TX 75062, (214) 659-1514; FAX: (214) 659-1624.
CoSystems Ships CoISDN-SBus
CoSystems Inc. has begun shipping a family of products
let UNIX workstation users take advantage of the benefits
offered by Basic Rate ISDN. CoISDN-SBus supports Sun
and compatibles. CoISDN-SBus is available in two configurations,
SOFTWARE ONLY version and the FULL PACKAGE. The FULL
both the CoISDN software and the CoISDN-SBus card, which
can be installed
in any available SBus slot on a SPARCstation. The SOFTWARE
targets SPARCstations which already have built-in ISDN
packages include PPP support.
The CoISDN-SBus FULL PACKAGE is priced at $895. The
version of CoISDN-SBus costs $595. For more information
Inc., 1263 Oakmead Pkwy., Sunnyvale, CA 94086, (408)
Performix Releases EMPOWER/CS
Performix, Inc. has released EMPOWER/CS, a client/server
tool. EMPOWER/CS captures and replays the activities
applications which run on Windows PCs. EMPOWER/CS stress-tests
server by running multiple scripts from one driver to
load of multiple PCs. The database server assumes the
load is originating
from hundreds of PCs, and services the requests appropriately.
measures the response time of the requested queries
them according to predefined categories. Using a single
EMPOWER/CS can emulate load testing that might otherwise
PC to represent each user.
For more information contact Performix, Inc., 8200 Greensboro
Suite 1475, McLean, VA 22102, (703) 448-6606; FAX: (703)
Beame & Whiteside Introduce BW-MultiConnect for Solaris
Beame & Whiteside Software has introduced BW-MultiConnect
which provides connectivity between SunSoft's Solaris
and Novell NetWare environments. BW-MultiConnect includes
IPX/SPX protocol stack for the Solaris environment,
along with the
appropriate BW-MultiConnect client or server functions.
The BW-MultiConnect software for Solaris resides on
the Solaris server;
no additional software is required for NetWare client
BW-MultiConnect Server for Solaris includes: the IPX/SPX
stack with a TLI/TPI interface, Ethernet support, SAP
Protocol), RIP (Routing Information Protocol) connections
NetWare networks, and a NetWare subset API programming
Server for Solaris is implemented as a loadable streams
the Solaris host. NetWare features included are: server
support, server print server, support for multiple simultaneous
queue management, and server bindery servers. NetWare
included are: LOGIN, ATTACH, MAP, SLIST, and LOGOUT.
print server includes a Virtual Terminal Server that
terminal emulation for remote access to UNIX services
NVT protocol services.
BW-MultiConnect Client for Solaris lets Solaris UNIX
mount a NetWare volume or directory the same way they
a Solaris file system. Once mounted, the NetWare volume
a Solaris directory. BW-MultiConnect Client for Solaris
for automount by reference, UNIX file permission mapping,
mapping, and client printing. The product can also print
printers using the UNIX lp interface, or using nprint.
Prices for BW-MultiConnect Server for Solaris range
from $495 for
a five-user license to $9,695 for an unlimited license.
Client for Solaris is priced at $495 per user. For more
contact Beame & Whiteside Software, 706 Hillsborough
NC 27603, (800) 463-6637 or (919) 831-8989; Internet:
I-Kinetics Announces I-Bridge Release 3
I-Kinetics has announced Release 3 of its I-Bridge Object
Broker, which delivers UNIX applications, databases,
and files as OLE objects to Windows operating system-based
I-Bridge Release 3 also includes object adapters to
and high-level access services that are the same for
I-Bridge can retrieve data from various UNIX data resources.
is distributed with one part executing on Windows and
the other executing
on a UNIX host along with object adapters to the data
the RDBMS object adapters, I-Bridge also includes the
a general purpose adapter for accessing UNIX applications,
utilities, and files and redirecting their output to
Windows-based applications. Specialized object adapters
for Ingres, Oracle, and Sybase.
Features of I-Bridge include: interface components that
and transport services and data extraction and format
services; simultaneous data retrieval from multiple
sources; and SQL
transparency. Windows-based applications have a choice
of three methods
of using the I-Bridge. I-Bridge is an OLE Automation
server to Windows
applications, such as Visual Basic, Access, and Excel,
using OLE Automation. DDE and DLL interfaces are also
PowerBuilder, Lotus 123, and other Windows applications
that do not
support OLE Automation.
I-Bridge Release 3 is priced at $995 and includes one
UNIX ORB and
two Windows-compatible ORBs. Additional Windows-compatible
priced at $295 each. For more information contact I-Kinetics,
Bishop Allen Dr., Cambridge, MA 02139, (617) 661-8181;
661-8625; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
VERITAS Ports VxVM and VxFS
VERITAS Software has ported their VERITAS Volume Manager
VERITAS File System (VxFS) to Sun workstations and servers
Solaris 2.3. VxVM combines software disk array techniques
striping, and RAID) with an on-line architecture, to
storage in an open system environment. Using a GUI for
and logical disk resources, administrators can configure
the storage subsystem. VxFS is a journaling file system
of systems ranging from desktopss to supercomputers.
ships on 45 hardware platforms.
In a related notice, VERITAS and Qualix Group have announced
VxVM and VxFS for Solaris 2.3 are bundled with the recent
of FirstWatch. FirstWatch is Qualix's product that automates
detection, recovery, restart, and failover services
VxVM and VxFS for Solaris 2.3 are priced at $1,500 for
and from $3,500 for servers. The FirstWatch base product
at $14,995 per server pair. For more information contact
Software, 4800 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054,
FAX: (408) 562-4334; Email: email@example.com.
UniPress Ships CoSession/PC2X and Announces W3 Division
UniPress Software and Triton Technologies have begun
a PC-UNIX connectivity tool for remote PC control from
CoSession/PC2X lets users control their PCs and PC applications
an X Window or X terminal of a UNIX workstation. The
displays in an X Window from which users can run PC
including Windows and Windows applications. Users can
PCs simultaneously by running several CoSession/PC2X
CoSession/PC2X's support for copy-and-paste lets users
and transfer data between DOS and UNIX applications.
runs on existing PCs with no additional hardware requirements.
UniPress has also announced its W3 Division. The W3
a range of World-Wide Web (WWW) services, including
creation, and Web server services, to help companies
get "on the
Web" for world-wide advertising, customer support,
and new product
Prices for CoSession/PC2X start at $595 for a single-user
pack, including one PC host and one UNIX client. Charges
W3 consulting and documentation projects are $750 a
day, with a one-day
minimum. For more information contact UniPress Software,
2025 Lincoln Highway, Edison, NJ 08817; (908) 287-2100;
287-4929; WWW: http://www.unipress.com/ or Triton Technologies,
200 Middlesex Turnpike, Iselin, NJ 08830, (908) 855-9440;
Qualix Ports FirstWatch and Introduces TeamQuest Baseline 5.4
Qualix Group Inc. has ported FirstWatch 2.1 to the HP-UX
system running on HP 9000 Series 800 servers. FirstWatch
failover management for systems, applications, and services.
to Qualix, FirstWatch provides automated failure detection,
restart, and failover services for any type or size
of network. Additional
features of FirstWatch 2.1 include: multi-machine failover;
with Sun's SPARC Storage Array; and failover monitoring
Sybase, Oracle, and Informix databases.
Qualix has also introduced TeamQuest Baseline 5.4, a
and capacity planning package for Sun SPARC servers
TeamQuest Baseline locates a problem with a server or
and determines its cause. TeamQuest Baseline lets "named"
workgroups be defined based on user IDs, process IDs,
and other characteristics.
Performance and services are analyzed and reported by
Other features of TeamQuest Baseline include: correlation
analysis capabilities; predefined report definitions,
the user interface, which provide realtime or historic
and trend reporting; and multiple report windows. TeamQuest
also exports report data into other applications such
databases, and management update reports.
Prices for FirstWatch 2.1 range from $14,995 to $36,495.
Baseline 5.4 is priced at $4,995. For more information
Group, Inc., 1900 S. Norfolk St., Ste 224, San Mateo,
CA 94403, (415)
572-0200; FAX: (415) 572-1300; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Microsystems Ships DistribuTAPE
Open Microsystems Inc. has begun shipping DistribuTAPE,
utility that lets RISC System 6000 workstation clients
transparently share tape drivers. It allows users to
share tape drives
across TCP/IP networks.
DistribuTAPE requires version 3.2 of the AIX operating
TCP/IP networking. The company plans a Solaris SPARC
version and then
expanded support for other workstation platforms. Prices
range from $495 for a single client/server configuration
to $995 for
a five-client, single-server license. Licenses are also
for larger configurations. For more information contact
Inc., 2700 West Anderson Lane, Ste 901, Austin, TX,
Network Instruments Releases Observer
Network Instruments, LLC, has released Observer Network
Observer is a software-only, Microsoft Windows-based
analyzer. Features of Observer include: packet capture
of TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, and NetBEUI; tracking of short-
bandwidth utilization; and network statistics by station,
or packet size. Observer's packet decode includes pre-
filtering which lets an administrator isolate the important
hide the extraneous information.
Observer LAN Analyzer for Windows for a 1-25-node LAN
is priced at $295 and a 25+ LAN site license is priced
at $495. For
more information contact Network Instruments, LLC, P.O.
Minneapolis, MN 55458-1156, (612) 822-2025; FAX: (612)
MS Utilities Announces MultiMenu
MS Utilities has announced MultiMenu, a custom menu
builder and system
utility toolkit for UNIX running on the HP 9000 HP-UX
MultiMenu, system administrators can customize menus
so users can
access applications or system functions with one keystroke.
applications and user menus may be customized for individual
MultiMenu's Toolkit includes a six-month user calendar
users, a telephone notepad, comprehensive file and process
and full archival capabilities. MultiMenu also supports
for menus; full-screen, context-sensitive on-line help;
of the function keys; and a screen-saver option. In
addition to the
custom menu builder, MultiMenu's preconfigured system
menus offer users access to system administration functions
MultiMenu for HP 9000 HP/UX is priced at $595 and is
3 1/2" disk and 4mm DAT tape. A 30-day fully featured
is available for $29. For more information contact MS
112 S. Pavilion Ave., Riverside, NJ 08075, (609) 764-1923;
Young Minds Releases MakeDisc Release 1.14
Young Minds, Inc. has released MakeDisc Release 1.14,
its UNIX premastering
software. MakeDisc runs on 26 UNIX platforms and lets
data sets for ISO 9660-compliant CD-ROM production.
for transparent recovery of original UNIX file names,
and symbolic links. A feature of the MakeDisc GUI is
a timing bar
which graphs the progress of a recording session. This
1x, 2x, 4x, and 6x recording speeds. Formatting
options are presented in a scrollable window. Other
features of this
MakeDisc release include: additional file and directory
and enhanced Rock Ridge support.
MakeDisc is the heart of CD Studio, a UNIX-based CD
CD Studio combines MakeDisc with an intelligent controller
and a CD-Writer,
allowing users to master CD-ROMs from their desktop.
Young Minds also
provides the UltraCapacity product line for CD-ROM mass
who have created discs using CD Studio can keep them
on-line for immediate
access either from a standalone workstation or across
a TCP/IP network.
UltraCapacity is flexible, modular, and configurable
to give transparent
on-line access to a variety of CD-ROM jukeboxes, towers,
For more information contact Young Minds, Inc., 1910
Ln., Suite 300, P.O. Box 6910, Redlands, CA 92375, (800)
or (909) 335-1350; FAX: (909) 798-0488.
Instrumental Ships PerfAcct
Instrumental Inc. has begun shipping PerfAcct, its multiple
chargeback accounting software. PerfAcct supports Silicon
systems running the IRIX 5.2 and 6.0 operating system,
POWER CHALLENGE, POWER Onyx, and POWER Indigo2 systems.
multiple-system resource accounting and chargeback from
a single workstation.
Features of PerfAcct include: managing network-wide
from a single location; combining usage of multiple
systems into a
single report or bill; maintaining consistent accounting
offloading account processing overhead from costly resources
and retaining smaller archives of summarized accounting
data for long-term
For more information contact Instrumental, Inc., 4500
Rd., Suite 390, Minneapolis, MN 55416, (612) 920-6188;
Network Computing Introduces HMX X Terminals
Network Computing Devices has introduced the HMX family
of color X
terminals. Powered by a 64-bit R4000 processor, the
HMX family offers
1600x1200 resolution and performs at 200,000 Xstones
Xmarks. The HMX family includes three X terminal models:
the HMX 17,
with 17-inch monitor; the HMX 20, with 20-inch monitor;
and the HMX
21, with 21-inch monitor.
HMX terminals support 8 Mb of DRAM, expandable to 136
Mb. Also included
are 2 Mb of video RAM, one parallel and two serial ports,
Ethernet interface, mouse, and keyboard choice of PS/2,
LK401-compatible, Sun-compatible, or Japanese Kana style.
64-bit architecture is designed to support software-decoded
desktop video and supports NCDAudio.
NCD's NCDware X11 server software has been optimized
and tuned for
the HMX's R4000 processor. NCDware supports xdmcp; local
terminal emulation; multiple local Telnet or LAT clients;
sessions; Display PostScript Level 2; and SNMP-based
The user can choose from two local window manager options
window management. Communication protocols include TCP/IP,
and Digital's DECnet and LAT.
Prices for the HMX family of X terminals range from
$2,895 to $4,795.
For more information contact Network Computing Devices,
N. Bernardo Ave., Mountain View, CA 94043, (415) 694-0650;