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New Products

Software Artistry Introduces SA-EXPERTISE and Upgrades Applications

Software Artistry Inc. has announced SA-EXPERTISE, a suite of integrated Enterprise Support Management applications. SA-EXPERTISE includes the applications needed to link operations like help desk, network/system management, and asset management. EXPERTISE can also oversee the changes made in a distributed computing environment. The SA-EXPERTISE suite includes: SA-Expert Advisor for call and problem management; SA-ExpertView for integration with other network management tools; SA-ExpertMail Agent for integration with email software including MS-Mail, Lotus cc:mail and Notes, and Novell PerfectOffice; SA-Expert Web for integration with the WWW; SA-Expert Foundation Manager for cradle-to-grave asset management including integration with auto-discovering tool like Tally NetCensus; SA-Expert Evolution for managing change with an IT infrastructure; and SA-Expert Quality for managing defects and enhancement request.

Additionally, Software Artistry has upgraded SA-Expert Advisor and SA-Expert View. Features of SA-Expert Advisor 4.0 include: three-tiered architecture for scalability and flexibility; distributed database call and problem transfer, an open API set, and UNIX client support for Motif, HP-UX, Sun Solaris, and IBM AIX. Other features of SA-Expert Advisor include: configurable action, problem filtering, and full-text search.

Using Expert Advisor, ExpertView 1.0.1 lets the support center monitor network nodes and lets the network manager view problem histories from within a network management platform. ExpertView 1.0.1 integrates with HP OpenView, IBM's NetView for AIX, and Sun NetManager, Tivoli's Enterprise console, Cabletron's Spectrum, Boole & Babbage's Command Post, and Computer Associate's CA-Unicenter.

SA-EXPERTISE products are offered with a server price plus an additional cost for each concurrent user license. A five-seat version of ExpertAdvisor is priced at $32,000. For more information, contact Software Artistry, Inc., 9449 Priority Way W. Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46240; (800) 795-1993 or (317) 843-1663; Fax: (317) 843-7477; WWW:

Tivoli Announces Tivoli/net.Commander and Tivoli/Plus for net.Analysis

Tivoli Systems, Inc. has announced Tivoli/net.Commander and Tivoli/Plus for net.Analysis. Tivoli/net.Commander lets users directly manage their Intranet applications and the Internet platform of Web, news, mail, and other services. Tivoli/net.Commander can centrally define custom configuration for browsers and then distribute and enforce that standard across end-user desktops. Tivoli/net.Commander also provides 75 built-in monitors that track the status and health of Intranet servers. Customers can also build additional monitors.

When an event occurs, Tivoli/net.Commander supports multiple automated responses to run on the distributed servers. If events require escalation, Tivoli's intelligent agents forward them to the Tivoli/Enterprise Console (T/EC) for further evaluation and analysis. Using the T/EC's event correlation engine, these events can be analyzed in conjunction with network, database and application events to determine the root cause of a problem. Tivoli/net.Commander also monitors firewalls and provides enterprise-scale management of users from a central point of control.

In a related announcement, Tivoli and net.Genesis are developing Tivoli/Plus for net.Analysis. Tivoli/Plus for net.Analysis gives administrators the ability to drill down into a particular server from within Tivoli/net.Commander, letting the administrator analyze the server's performance and traffic patterns.

Tivoli/net.Commander supports Netscape servers running on Solaris/SunOS, and Netscape Navigator running on Windows NT and Windows 3.1. Tivoli/net.Commander is available as a base product with optional modules. The basic Tivoli/net.Commander module supports web server and browsers. Tivoli/net.Commander is priced at $5,000 per server and $49 per client. Tivoli/Plus for net.Analysis is priced at $1,500 per server. For more information, contact Tivoli Systems Inc., 9442 Capital Of Texas Hwy. North, Austin, TX 78759; (512) 794-9070; Fax: (512) 794-0623; WWW:

Red Hat Upgrades Linux OS

Red Hat Software, Inc. has upgraded the Red Hat Linux OS. Red Hat 3.0.3 Linux conforms to the Linux filesystem standard, FSSTND. Features of Red Hat 3.0.3 Linux include: libc 5.2.18 libraries, RPM 2.0, and security features and patches. The libc 5.2.18 libraries support NYS and multiple threads that are required for JAVA SDK. RPM 2.0, the Red Hat package manager, features complete C implementation that no longer requires perl, backward computability with RPM 1.x, and PGP signing for authentication and security. Security features and patches include: sendmail, bind (named), dump, elm, fvwm, kbd, sliplogin, and others.

Other features of Red Hat 3.0.3 Linux include: Linux kernels up to 1.3.57 (1.2.13 is the officially supported kernel), updated packages including GNU C compiler, Apache WWW server, DNS Server, PCMCIA Card Services, and HOWTOs and LDP documentation; supports the XFree86 (X11R6) 3.1.2. X Server, and runs on PCs with 4 Mb of memory. Red Hat 3.0.3 Linux also includes plug-and-play compatibility for commercial software and hardware that runs on earlier versions of Red Hat Linux and point-and-click upgrading. Red Hat Linux 3.0.3 ships with C/C++ compilers and complete source code.

Red Hat Linux 3.0.3 is released as freely distributable software under the terms of the GPL. This allows anyone to use Linux without restriction and to contribute to Linux development. Commercially licensed software can be ported to, and run on, Linux while maintaining the license terms that the author uses for any other platform. Red Hat Linux 3.0.3 can be downloaded without cost from the Internet. Read for a convenient site. For more information, contact Red Hat Software, Inc., 25 Sylvan Rd. South, Suite F1, Westport, CT 06880; (800) 454-5502 or (203) 454-5500; Fax: (203) 454-2582; WWW:

Empress Releases Empress DataWEB

Empress Software Inc. has released Empress DataWEB, an application development tool for HYPERMEDIA Web Data Management (HWDM). Empress DataWEB lets users build Web-based applications using the data storage and management capabilities of the Empress RDBMS. Empress DataWEB contains Empress HYPERMEDIA, the Empress Web HTML Toolkit. Applications built using Empress HYPERMEDIA transfer data from an Empress database into hypertext templates, or transfer them as binary objects to multimedia and hypermedia applications. Web data and binary objects can also be returned back to the database directly from the application. Applications built using Empress DataWEB can be used as a public Internet application or an enterprise Intranet application. Other components of the Empress DataWEB include: Empress RDBMS Lite, Empress SQL Server, Database Explorer, Server and Database Administrator Tools, and Apache HTTP Server. Documentation is included in HTML format.

Empress DataWEB is available on CD-ROM for HP-UX, IBM AIX, SGI Irix, Sun Solaris, SCO Open Server 5, Solaris x86, and Linux. Introductory prices for Empress DataWEB begin at $997 for the four-user PC UNIX version. For more information, contact Empress Software, Inc., 6401 Golden Triangle Dr., Greenbelt, MD 20770; (301) 220-1919; Fax: (301) 220-1997; WWW:

Compunix Releases Filesystem Utilities

Compunix has released Filesystem Utilities from Compunix for AIX. Filesystem Utilities consists of three utilities: Reduce filesystems, Defragment filesystems, and Analyse filesystems. The Reduce filesystem utility lets the administrator reduce journaled filesystems in AIX. This utility works on unmounted filesystems but can also reduce the root-filesystem and /usr-filesystem. The Defragment utility lets the administrator put the consecutive blocks of a file on consecutive places on a disk. According to the company, disk access times will be reduced and overall system responsiveness will improve. The third utility, Analyse filesystem, is a smart fsdb utility. This utility checks the inodes to find deleted data blocks with valid data-pointers. The Analyse filesystem utility can also reconstruct the pathname of deleted files and copy the deleted file back to the disk.

The Filesystem Utilities from Compunix can be used through the SMIT interface or from the command-line interface. The Filesystem Utilities from Compunix support AIX version 3.2.x and 4.1.x. For more information about The Fileystem Uilites from Compunix, contact Compunix, Internet:

Memco Upgrades SeOS

Memco Software has upgraded SeOS, its security software for UNIX-based environments including database servers, Web sites, and Internet applications. Features of SeOS version 1.4 include the Security Policy Model Database (PMDB) and the Security Wizard. The PMDB distributes the security policies throughout large UNIX networks, enforcing security across multiplatform UNIX environments. The Security Wizard gives administrators a way to develop security policies starting with predefined templates and a GUI. The Wizard also offers default policies for baseline security with various degrees of strictness and is integrated with SeOS Access Control to implement and enforce the policy. SeOS Access Control controls LOGINs; regulates user access to information resources; increases the privacy of data, audit trails, and userids; protects the system from undesirable Internet access; and actively governs the execution of suid/sgid programs.

Other features of SeOS 1.4 include the ability to monitor, configure, update, and replicate security policies from a central location. SeOS also includes a consolidated audit log that combines audit rails to a central location. SeOS 1.4 supports other network tools including: CyberSAFE's Challenger, New Dimension Software's Multi-Platform CONTROL-SA, PLATINUM technology's POEMS, and Tivoli System's TME.

SeOS 1.4 Access Control is available for HP-UX version 9.x/10.x, AIX 3.2.x/4.1.x, and Sun Solaris 1.x/2.x/x86. Pricing begins at $1,000 per machine. SeOS Security Administration supports the same platforms, and pricing begins at $5,000. For more information, contact Memco Software Inc., 52 Vanderbilt Ave., Suite 510, New York, NY 10017; (800) 862-2602 or (212) 286-8820; Fax: (800) 862-2604; WWW:

PLATINUM Announces Integration

PLATINUM technology, inc. has announced that two PLATINUM Enterprise System Management Solutions have reached the Premier level of integration with HP OpenView IT/Operations. From the IT/Operations console, administrators can seamlessly utilize the PLATINUM AutoSys job scheduling tool and the PLATINUM DBVision performance management tool with IT/Operation, providing both monitoring and event management.

PLATINUM AutoSys, a UNIX and Windows NT job scheduler, centralizes and automates the scheduling and management of jobs in distributed environments. Integrated with HP OpenView, it lets users monitor and manage jobs from within IT/Operation. Features of AutoSys include: self-correcting job control, centralized system-side monitoring, and programmable error recovery. Within the IT/Operations console, users point and click to launch AutoSys tasks and to process AutoSys alerts.

PLATINUM DBVision provides 24 x 7 monitoring of performance metrics for RDBMS in distributed UNIX environments. Graphical and tabular displays of performance measurements help administrators analyze potential problems. If problems occur, DBVision sends alarms by onscreen message, email, or pager and then automatically initiates corrective action through the IT/Operation console.

For more information, contact PLATINUM technology, inc., 1815 S. Meyers Rd., Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181; (708) 620-5000; Fax: (708) 691-0710.

HP Upgrades Monitor and Announces Addition to HP Encina/9000

Hewlett-Packard Company has upgraded its HP Encina/9000 transaction processing monitor for its high-end three-tiered client/server products. The HP Encina/9000 Version 2.2 transaction processing monitor includes an object-oriented computing environment module Encina++, a tool for writing and maintaining applications.

In conjunction with the releases of the HP Encina/9000 2.2 monitor, HP plans to add the HP DCE Encina Lightweight Client to the HP Encina/9000 product line. The HP DCE Encina Lightweight Client integrates PCs with servers by letting Lightweight PC clients access enterprise HP DCE/9000 and HP Encina/9000 service via an HP DCE Encina Lightweight Client Gateway. The HP DCE Encina Lightweight Client includes an API on the PC and supports Visual Basic, Visual C++, and Delphi.

According to the company, enterprises can build strong and scalable IT three-tiered architectures using the HP Encina/9000 2.2 transaction processing monitor and the HP DCE Encina Lightweight Client. HP Encina/9000 technology supports HP OpenView IT/Operations. For more information, contact Hewlett-Packard Company, 3000 Hanover St., Palo Alto, CA; (800) 637-7740 dept.1587; WWW:

Ready-To-Run Announces BSD/OS Support

Ready-To-Run Software, Inc. has announced its ReadyPak line of software products on BSD/OS. ReadyPaks are collections of UNIX software that address common workstation tasks and requirements, including: language and software development tools, office utilities, text management software, general utilities, XWindows, FAX, Internet, and communications products. The programs in the ReadyPaks have been selected from publicly available UNIX software, previously available only in source form via UNIX networks and bulletin boards. Ready-To-Run has built these into finished, ready-to-run versions for specific UNIX environments. ReadyPaks support Sun, DEC, IBM, HP, SGI, DG, SCO, and other platforms.

ReadyPaks are priced under $300. For a free catalog or more information, contact Ready-To-Run Software, Inc., 4 Pleasant St., P.O. Box 2038, Forge Village, MA 01886; (800) 743-1723 or (508) 692-9922; Fax: (508) 692-9990; Internet:; WWW:

Century Announces TinyTERM for Windows 95

Century Software, Inc. has announced version 3.2 of its TinyTERM Series for Microsoft Windows 95 and Windows 3.1. the TinyTERM series of products includes TinyTERM, TinyTERM Plus, TinyTERM+NFS, and TinyTERM Pro. All TinyTERM Series product line components such as TCP/IP, NFS, and ftp are natively written as 32-bit applications. Also the Series includes a Windows 32-bit VxD kernel that supports both direct and dial-up network connections. A PPP dialer has also been added. Century has also added automatic file transfer capabilities to ICONect, which is also included in the TinyTERM Series.

Features of TinyTERM Plus, TinyTERM+NFS, and TinyTERM Pro include: direct network connection through packet, NDIS, ODI, and ASI drivers, WinSock compliant, 16-bit and 32-bit FTP client program, and LPR/LPD print sharing. Features of TinyTERM+NFS and TinyTERM Pro include a 32-bit multithreaded NFS implementation that runs at the Windows kernel level. For Windows 95 and Windows for Workgroups 3.11 users, the NFS client can use Microsoft TCP/IP.

For more information, contact Century Software, Inc., 5284 S. Commerce Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84107, (800) 877-3088 or (801) 268-3088.

Distinct Releases IntelliTerm

Distinct Corporation has released IntelliTerm, a terminal emulator package. IntelliTerm uses TCP/IP to communicate with the host systems, enabling connectivity between PCs and IBM mainframes, midrange computers and UNIX or VMS hosts. IntelliTerm includes emulation for NT3270 and TN5250 for IBM mainframes and AS/400 hosts, with support for 3179G vector graphics and 3279 S3G, and emulation for VT52 through VT420. IntelliTerm also includes a scripting and macro language compatible with Micosofts Visual Basic for Application, a Visual Basic interface, DDE interface, HLLAPI support with full tracing and support for competitive APIs and extensions. IntelliTerm also supports automatic detection for screen image and structured field transfer modes though any host path, file transfer to/from the Windows clipboard, IND$FILE File transfer, PCPRINT and TPRINT support, host-initiated file transfer and print, and support for Yales TPRINT host print program.

IntelliTerm supports Windows, Windows 95, and Windows NT, and is Windows Socket compliant. IntelliTerm is priced at $149 with 90 days free technical support. For more information, contact Distinct Corporation, 12900 Saratoga Ave., Saratoga, CA 94583; (408) 366-8933; Fax: (408) 366-0153.

Los Altos Introduces UniShred Pro Version 3

Los Altos Technologies, Inc. has introduced UniShred Pro Version 3 for SCSI disk declassification. UniShred Pro implements U.S. government approved methods to nondestructively remove classified, confidential, or sensitive information from UNIX workstation disks. UniShred Pro version 3 removes classified information form SCSI disks, overwriting all addressable areas, as well as defect areas. UNIX boot files, super blocks, swap space, filesystem partitions, and alternate cylinders are also overwritten. UniShred Pro Version 3, takes advantage of SCSI II disk capabilities to overwrite any grown defect areas. UniShred Pro prints a report describing the disk, the overwrite operation performed, and an errors encountered. An emergency overwrite code is available for rapid data deletion. UniShred ProVersion 3 also gives a verification-only pass to ensure the disk was successfully overwritten.

UniShred Pro Version 3 compiles with the following regulation and guidelines: Army AR-380-19, Air Force AFSSI 5100, DOD 5200, NISPOM, NCSC-TG-025, Navy OPNAVINST 5510, and NAVSO P-5239-26. UniShred Pro supports the following platforms: HP-UX, AIX, IRIX, Solaris 1, and Solaris 2. For more information, contact Los Altos Technologies, Inc., 20813 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 275, Cupertino, CA 95014; (800) 999-8649 or (408) 973-7700; Fax: (408) 973-7707; Internet:; WWW:

UniPress Announces PowerTerm

UniPress Software, Inc. has announced PowerTerm, a family of PC terminal emulators for MS Windows, Windows 95 and NT developed by Ericom Software Ltd. PowerTerm links PC desktops to resources such as UNIX running on Sun, IBM, HP, DEC, DG, and others, DEC/VMS, and IBM AS/400 and mainframes in order to run both current and legacy applications. PowerTerm is integrated into the Windows environment, and the 3270 and 5250 versions include PowerGUI, a facility that lets users give legacy application a 3-D look and feel.

PowerTerm emulates a range of terminal types including : VT 420, 320, 220, 100, 52, SCO ANSI, Wyse 50/60, AIXterm, DG/MV D-412, IBM 3270, and IBM 5250 and communicates via TCP/IP, WinSock, direct via Com Port, Modem, Pathworks DECnet (Cterm), Pathworks LAT, INT 14, BAPI, and TN3270 and TN5250 over TCP/IP. File transfer is handled via ZModem, Kermit, and ASCII.

Prices for PowerTerm range from $99 to $299. Site licensing is available. A free version of PowerTerm is available on the Internet via ftp at in the /pub/free_evals directory and on the WWW at A disk is available for a $20 media and shipping/handling charge. For more information, contact UniPress Software, Inc., 2025 Lincoln Hwy., Edison, NJ 08817; (800) 222-0550 or (908) 287-2100; Fax: (908) 287-4929; Internet:; WWW:

ON Technology Upgrades Meeting Maker XP

ON Technology Corporation has upgraded its group scheduler, Meeting Maker XP. Meeting Maker XP 3.5 includes a native 32-bit UNIX server that supports Meeting Maker clients from a single server. UNIX server configurations include HP 700/800 running HP-UX 9.01 or Sun SPARC running Solaris 2.3. In addition to the IPX protocol, Meeting Maker XP 3.5 includes SMTP, and TCP/IP and NetBIOS protocol support for OS/2 desktops. Meeting Maker XP 3.5 also includes a native Newton 2.0 package for the Apple MessagePad. Other features of Meeting Maker XP 3.5 include: an Auto Upgrade Utility, a Quick Directory Search, Hierarchical directories, and a Personal Address List.

Server platforms supported by Meeting Maker XP 3.5 include: Windows, Windows 95, Windows NT, OS/2, Macintosh, PowerMac, and NetWare NLM. Meeting maker XP 3.5 also supports the following desktop, laptop, and mobile clients: Windows, Windows 95, Windows NT, Macintosh, Newton, OS/2, UNIX, and DOS.

Each Meeting Maker XP 3.5 installation requires one server pack. Server packs range in price from $249 to $1949. User licenses range in price from $89 to $139. For more information, contact ON Technology Corporation, 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142; (800) 767-6683 or (617) 374-1400; Fax: (617) 374-1433; Internet:; WWW:

Heroix Releases RoboMon UNIX

Heroix Corporation has released RoboMon UNIX, which supports HP-UX 10. RoboMon uses a rule-based approach that detects and corrects system and operation problems before they interrupt the system. RoboMon UNIX works on problems associated with system operation and performance, processes, applications, users, disks, files, filesystems. and networks. RoboMon UNIX automatically takes corrective action or notifies personnel. RoboMon UNIX users can modify problem sensors on a remote node from their local machine or can supplement RoboMon's supplied problem sensor with their own. All sensors can managed by the same GUI. RoboMon UNIX also generates SNMP traps in response to system or operational problems. The SNMP traps are received and interpreted by Network Managers, such as NetView and OpenView.

RoboMon UNIX supports AIX, Digital UNIX, HP-UX, Solaris, SunOS, Windows NT, and Open VMS. Prices for RoboMon UNIX range from $300 to $2,500. RoboMon can be downloaded from Heroix's ftp address: For more information, contact Heroix Corporation, 120 Wells Ave., Newton, MA 02159; (800) 229-6500 or (617) 527-1550; Fax: (617) 527-6132; Internet:; WWW:

ARGOS SYSTEMES Introduces Spotline

ARGOS SYSTEMES has introduced Spotline, a family of asynchronous and network terminals, which operate as workstations in multiuser systems such as UNIX or directly on Ethernet TCP/IP or token-ring networks. Spotline was developed to integrate with existing computer systems and standard parts are used for both peripheral hardware as well as internal components. According to the company, display time is shortened through high-speed links with server: 115,200 baud in asynchronous mode, 10 Mbits in a network configuration. Multi-session capabilities let each terminal to connect to several servers at the same time.

The Spotline 210, the newest product, gives users network workstation capabilities with a VGA color monitor and a 102-key keyboard. The Spotline 210 supports eight simultaneous telnet sessions, two RS-232 links, a parallel port, and a print server. ANSI emulation is provided for SCO, AIX, HP-UX, and UNIX System V.

For more information, contact Spotline Inc., 50 S. Spruce Ave., Suite U, South San Francisco, CA 94080; (415) 583-9605; Fax: (415) 583-9608.

ADNT Offers SNAPIX SEL for Linux

ADNT has begun offering SNAPIX Special Edition for LINUX (SEL) free via the Internet for personal use. SNAPIX is an interface and application generator that lets users use X11 and Motif libraries under UNIX without consulting the documentation or knowing the callback routines or widget trees. SNAPIX provides object oriented event-driven language and a graphics editor that is synchronized with the program text editor.

SNAPIX SEL is supplied complete with statically linked Motif libraries (Metrolink), so no royalties are due to OSF or Metrolink. Commercial versions of SNAPIX are available for SCO, ISC, SVR4 (UNIXWare), Linux, Solaris (x86 and SPARC), AIX, and HP-UX. However, in these cases, a full commercial Motif license is required.

SNAPIX SEL is free via ftp: under the filename: /linux/snapix_last.tar.gz (about 3 Mb). For more information, contact ADNT; Fax: (33 1) 3956 5592; Internet:; WWW: