Cover V06, I11


New Products

Software Systems Ships OPENNT 2.0

Software Systems, Inc. has begun shipping OPENNT 2.0, a native UNIX system environment for Windows NT. OPENNT, on a single machine, provides seamless integration between UNIX and Windows NT and gives simultaneous access to both UNIX applications and Windows NT programs. Features of OPENNT 2.0 include: support for X11R5 and OSF/Motif; support for socket-based UNIX Networking; Telnet daemon servers; hard linking on NTFS; UNIX utilities such as awk, Perl, lex, yacc, and Tcl/Tk; UNIX cron; and UNIX-style shared memory. OPENNT and Windows NT coexist using the same microkernel. By using Windows NT's microkernel, OPENNT conforms to the POSIX.1 and POSIX.2 international standards and supports major UNIX APIs. OPENNT is released under a strategic source licenses agreement with Microsoft.

OPENNT 2.0 includes support for sockets-based UNIX networking, client/server X11 Windowing System graphical applications, OSF/Motif windowing technology, and extended multi-user technology. Other features of OPENNT 2.0 include: POSIX.1, POSIX.2, and ANSI C interfaces; BSD sockets mapped to Winsock; SVID IPC; shared memory, memory mapped files; tty semantics mapped to console windows; and pseudo terminal support. OPENNT 2.0 also includes UNIX shells, scripting languages, and development tools.

OPENNT 2.0 requires Intel x86, Pentium, Pentium Pro or Digital Alpha platforms, Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 or higher (Workstation or Server), and the Microsoft Visual C/C++ 4.0 or higher development kit. The OPENNT 2.0 Starter Kit includes a Developer's Kit, five workstation runtime licenses, one-day, quick-start consultancy, and 12 months maintenance. An evaluation copy of OPENNT 2.0 is available at the company's Web site. For pricing and other information, contact Productivity through Software, Manchester, England; +44 (0) 1928 579700; FAX: +44 (0) 1928 579701;

USENIX Announces Conferences and Symposiums

USENIX Association has announced several upcoming conferences and symposiums. The USENIX Conference on Domain-Specific Languages (DSL) will be held on October 15-17, 1997 in Santa Barbara, CA at the Red Lion Resort. Program Chair is Chris Ramming, AT&T Labs. Web site: The USENIX Systems Administration Conference (LISA 97) will be held on October 26-31, 1997 in San Diego, CA at the Town & Country Hotel. LISA 97 is co-sponsored by SAGE, the System Administrators Guild. Program co-chairs are Hal Pomeranz, NetMarket/CUC Intl. and Celeste Stokely, Stokely Consulting. A trade show will be held in conjunction with the conference and runs October 29-30. Web site:

The USENIX Symposium on Internet Technologies and Systems will be held December 8-11, 1997 in Monterey, CA at the Monterey Marriott Hotel. The program chair is Carl Staelin, HP Labs. A table-top vendor display will be held in conjunction with the symposium on December 10. Web site: The 7th USENIX Security Symposium will be held on January 26-29, 1998 in San Antonio, TX at the Marriott Hotel. SEC98 is held in cooperation with the CERT Coordination Center, and the program chair is Aviel Rubin, AT&T Research Labs. A trade show will be held in conjunction with the symposium on January 28-29. Web site: The USENIX New Network Technologies Symposium will be held March 2-3, 1998 in Salt Lake City, UT at the Marriott Hotel. Program chair is Phil Winterbottom, Bell Labs. Web site:

For more information or printed materials about any of these events, contact the Web site associated with the specific event or the USENIX Conference Office, 22672 Lambert St., Suite 613, Lake Forest, CA 92630; (714) 588-8649; Fax: (714) 588-9706. Email: and state "send conferences" in the body of your message or; WWW:

Heroix Ships RoboMon 7.0

Heroix Corporation has begun shipping RoboMon version 7.0 with support for OpenVMS 7.1 on both VAX and Alpha. RoboMon 7.0 includes an upgraded Omni-Collector, which lets RoboMon monitor problems with databases, applications, and other site-specific problems. The Omni-Collector interprets ASCII output from log files and displays. Users can also instruct RoboMon to monitor all types of data, even if it appears in an unstructured form, such as messages in a log file. RoboMon can also be directed to skip irrelevant messages and target the data of interest based on text patterns and other user-specified criteria.

Statistics from the Omni-Collector are handled the same way as the other RoboMon's native operating system statistics. Rules based on Omni-Collector statistics instruct RoboMon to notify the appropriate personnel or take corrective action on problems discovered in databases and applications. RoboMon 7.0 for OpenVMS is interoperable with RoboMon on Windows NT and on UNIX. Real time problems and events detected on operating systems can be centralized to a single RoboMon Event Monitor display.

RoboMon 7.0 supports Alpha/VMS, VAX/VMS, Windows NT, AIX, Digital UNIX, HP-UX, Solaris, and SunOS. License prices for RoboMon 7.0 for OpenVMS range from $300 to $15,000. For more information, contact Heroix Corporation, Newton, MA; (800) 229-6500; WWW:

IONA Introduces OrbixManager 1.0

IONA Technologies has introduced OrbixManager 1.0, a set of tools for local and remote management of CORBA environments. Using OrbixManager 1.0, administrators can browse the system, investigate problems, and restart services. OrbixManager uses the Internet Inter-Orb Protocol (IIOP) and other standard management protocols such as SNMP. OrbixManager monitors the CORBA environment for load and throughput detection and recovery from failure states, and for configuring and control of the COBRA environment. OrbixManager also manages IONA's object request broker, Orbix, along with the messaging product, OrbixTalk.

OrbixManager 1.0 includes an SNMP gateway for integrating with existing administration tools from HP, Tivoli, and Bull. Initially, OrbixManager will be available on Sun Solaris, HP-UX, and Windows NT. The OrbixManager Beta 2 release is available from the company with the full commercial release planned for Q4 1997. For pricing and other information, contact IONA Technologies, Cambridge, MA; (800) 672-4948; Internet:; WWW:

ADIC Announces ADIC DS9400D/L

Advanced Digital Information Corp. has announced the ADIC DS9400D/L, an upgradeable single-tape subsystem designed to protect network backup hardware. The ADIC DS9400D/L is based on one Quantum high-capacity DLT4000 drive. As a user's data storage needs grow, the drive can be installed into one of ADIC's DLT library products. The ADIC DS9400D/L includes an integrated LCD readout that provides drive and media status, such as how much space is left on the tape, when the drive is reading or writing, or when it is safe to operate the drive door release handle. For critical messages, the message flashes and sounds an audible alarm

According to the company, the DS9400D/L's DLT4000 drive technology delivers three to four times the capacity of older 4-mm and 8-mm technologies, with sustained throughput of up to 180 Mb/minute and storage capacity of up to 40 Gb/cartridge (with 2:1 compression). The drive from the DS9400D/L can be installed into either ADIC's VLS DLT400 library with up to seven cartridges and 280 GB capacity, or into one of the ADIC Scalar SLT libraries with up to 48 cartridges and 3 TB of storage. The DS9400D/L supports backup and archive applications software for Windows NT, NetWare, and a variety of UNIX platforms. An optional rack mount kit holds one or two DS9400D/L units in a standard 19-inch rack.

Pricing for the ADIC DS9400D/L starts at $5,495. For more information, contact Advanced Digital Information Corporation, 10201 Willows Rd., PO Box 97057, Redmond, WA 98073; (800) 336-1233 or (425) 881-8004; Fax: (425) 881-2296; WWW:

Storage Dimensions Ships SuperFlex 3000 DGR Ultra

Storage Dimensions has begun shipping SuperFlex 3000 DGR Ultra, an external, server-independent UltraSCSI RAID storage system for Windows NT and NetWare. SuperFlex 3000 DGR Ultra includes Dynamic Growth and Reconfiguration (DGR) technology, which lets a system administrator add capacity or change RAID levels while the system is in use. Another feature of SuperFlex 3000 DGR Ultra is the Configuration On Disk (COD) that stores controller configuration parameters on the storage system's disk drives. In the event of a server failure, COD lets the administrator move the storage system to a standby server that includes a standby DGR Ultra RAIDCard controller. When the standby server is initialized, the controller automatically recognizes the configuration on the storage system's disk drives. Also included in SuperFlex 3000 DGR Ultra is a SCSI repeater technology that enhances the signal-to-noise ratio, overcoming the cable-length limitation problem.

SuperFlex 3000 DGR Ultra combines UltraSCSI technology with I/O caching and is scalable from 16 to 128 Mb. The Ultra SCSI disk drives and controllers support data transfer rates of 40 Mbps. SuperFlex DGR 3000 Ultra includes a three-channel UltraSCSI RAIDCard bus-based array controller. Each channel supports seven drives allowing up to 21 drives (191 Gb per controller) using three SuperFlex 3000 DGR Ultra enclosures. As many as four controllers can be supported per server for a total capacity of 764 Gb (RAID 0) or 655 Gb (RAID 3 or 5). Other features of the SuperFlex 3000 DGR Ultra include multiple hot-spare disk drives, dual redundant power supplies, redundant, cooling fans, and dual lockable A/C inputs. Optionally battery-backed cache can also be added.

A SuperFlex 3000 DGR Ultra with four 9.1-Gb UltraSCSI drives is priced at $16,460. A complete seven-drive system is priced at $24,535. For more information, contact Storage Dimensions, 1656 McCarthy Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035; (408) 954-0710; Fax: (408) 944-1200; WWW:

Aurora Upgrades SarCheck

Aurora Software Inc. has upgraded SarCheck for SCO UNIX. SarCheck, a performance management tool, identifies performance bottlenecks, runaway processes, and memory leaks, recommends changes to the tunable parameters and hardware configuration, and quantifies the amount of remaining system capacity. SarCheck then translates the output of various monitoring utilities into a "plain English" report. SarCheck Version 3 is Year 2000 compliant and supports UNIX 3.2v4.

SarCheck makes detailed recommendations to an administrator rather than automatically trying to fix problems. SarCheck also explains the reasons for its recommendations so that the administrator can understand why SarCheck is making them. SarCheck reports consist of three sections and a summary. The first section contains recommendations, which can be used to improve system performance, including changes to tunable parameters, disk load balancing, and hardware upgrades. The second section is an analysis of all system resources monitored by SarCheck. The third section, Capacity Planning, can be used to approximate the amount of capacity left on a system, based on the sar data being analyzed.

A single SarCheck license for SCO UNIX is priced at $199 with other licensing options available. For more information, contact Aurora Software, Inc., PO Box 1033, Plaistow, NH 03865; (603) 382-4200; Fax: (603) 382-4247; Internet:; WWW:

Cpro.Com Announces RMONX

Cyber Professionals, Inc. has announced RMONX, a Web-based SNMP network management system for TCP/IP networks. RMONX provides realtime network status, high-level event detection, event notification, trend monitoring, MIB browsing, and interactive tools so administrators can diagnose and configure their networks from Web browsers.

The RMONX system is based upon an upgraded version of Cpro.Com's SNMX program. RMONX includes 300 files, 80 CGI scripts, and five background processes. On UNIX systems, RMONX can be bundled with or without the Apache Group HTTP server. On Windows systems, RMONX operates with either the standard NT server or Microsoft's Personal Web Server. RMONX also supports Netscape's Commerce Server.

RMONX supports Sun Solaris, Linux, Windows NT, and Windows 95. RMONX is priced at $2,500 per copy. Each RMONX copy manages 256 network devices. An evaluation copy is available at the company's Web site. For more information, contact Cyber Professionals, Inc., 7348 S. Alton Way, Unit 1, Englewood, CO 80112; (800) 441-2931; Fax: (303) 771-0836; Internet:; WWW:

NIT Introduces UniShield 3.0

Network Information Technology has introduced UniShield 3.0, a suite of Intranet security modules for multiplatform UNIX environments. UniShield 3.0 protects Web server, file server, and database server applications such as Netscape, NFS, and Oracle. UniShield 3.0 prevents malicious Java applets from executing unauthorized commands and unknown ActiveX Controls from damaging resources.

UniShield 3.0 comes in four software security modules. Each module operates as a standalone application or with other modules under one integrated GUI. The Enterprise Security Administrator (ESA) module implements a base-line level of security, controlling access to networks and hosts, centrally administers user accounts and passwords, provides realtime intrusion detection and alerts, and protects idle systems. The File Access Control (FAC) module protects files and programs on servers and protects the hosts connected to those servers. The Administrative Privilege Delegation (APD) module supports delegation of administrative privileges without giving away full root power or disclosing the root password. The Advanced Security Monitor (ASM) module uses keystroke monitoring and system call trace to transparently audit users, processes, programs, and file access on designated hosts. ASM also offers audit reduction based on user ID, resource, time, and host.

UniShield 3.0 is scalable and the API lets users integrate third-party firewall, encryption, and strong authentication solutions such as tokens and smartcards. UniShield 3.0 integrates into system management frameworks such as OpenView, Tivoli, Solstice, and DCE. Pricing for UniShield 3.0 is based on a client/server model. For more information, contact Network Information Technology; (408) 996-1688; Fax: (408) 996-1898; Internet:; WWW:

Go Ahead Upgrades Go Ahead Doctor

Go Ahead Software, Inc. has upgraded Go Ahead Doctor. Go Ahead Doctor 2.0 integrates the Go Ahead Doctor product line, including Doctor, Agent, and Doctor for Networks, into a single management tool for SCO UNIX servers.

Building upon an intelligent Agent, Doctor manages single systems, small networks, or large installations over a LAN or WAN. Go Ahead Doctor 2.0 remotely manages servers and supports realtime system monitoring of 200 system parameters including CPU, memory, disk, network, software inventor, H/W configuration, and others. Other features of Go Ahead Doctor 2.0 include graphic reports, automatic problem detection, alerts with email or dial-up paging notification, and historical performance monitoring and reporting.

Go Ahead Doctor 2.0 requires a Pentium with 32 Mb of RAM, 20 Mb free disk space, and SCO OpenServer. Two additional components that provide SNMP and UUCP support are available separately. Go Ahead Doctor 2.0 is priced at $445. A license pack for five managed systems is priced at $1,475. A free 14-day evaluation copy of Go Ahead Doctor 2.0 is available the company's Web site: For more information, contact Go Ahead Software, Inc., Redmond, WA; (800) 631-0806 or (425) 882-1900; Fax: (425) 882-1117: WWW:

Confluent Launches Visual Thought 1.3

Confluent, Inc. has launched Visual Thought 1.3, a cross-platform diagramming and flowcharting tool for SunOS, Solaris, HP-UX, Windows NT, and Windows 95. Features of Visual Thought 1.3 include defining arbitrary new shapes, editing images attached to objects with an image editor, generating TIFF files natively, supporting monochrome and 8-, 16-, and 24-bit color images, and creating new documents with the properties of specified templated documents. Visual Thought 1.3 can also change the size and resolution of exported images; print documents of any size on a single page; and cut, copy, and paste text between Visual Thought objects and external applications.

Visual Thought 1.3 objects can be exported to a FrameMaker Interchange Format (MIF) format and can be imported by reference in FrameMaker 5. Visual Thought can also export diagrams directly to the Web by exporting to the NCSA HTTP server-side and Spyglass client-side imagemap (MAP) formats. Flowcharting features of Visual Thought 1.3 include: Drop & Split, Create & Connect, and Delete & Connect.

Currently supported customers may download Visual Thought 1.3 from the company's Web site: Supported customers will also receive a free Visual Thought 1.3 CD-ROM when it becomes available. Floating licenses can be shared between all supported platforms. For pricing and other information about Visual Thought 1.3, contact Confluent, Inc., 400 Spear St., Suite 207, San Francisco CA, 94105; (800) 780-2838 or (415) 764-1000; Fax: (415) 764-1008; WWW:

UWD Announces Urchin

UWD Inc. has announced Urchin, a statistics package for Solaris and IRIX Web servers. Features of Urchin include creating weekly HTML reports with color graphics and charts and emailed synopses of activity. Additionally, Urchin automatically creates PostScript reports. The PostScript reports can be output to a PostScript capable printer or a color laser printer. Urchin summaries include monthly activity, monthly trend, daily, hourly, domain, and hosts. Other Urchin reports include referrals, pages accessed, browsers, and platforms.

A free evaluation copy of Urchin is available at the company's Web site. For pricing and other information, contact UWD Inc., 2165 India St., San Diego, CA 92101; (619) 233-1400; WWW:

Trend Micro Introduces ScanMail for Lotus Notes

Trend Micro Incorporated has introduced ScanMail for Lotus Notes Server, its server-based virus protection software. ScanMail for Lotus Notes runs as a native Notes application and is compatible with the Domino Server. ScanMail for Lotus Notes provides scanning at the virus infection entry points in a Notes environment. ScanMail scans documents as they are created and modified by users or replicated into the database of other Notes servers. ScanMail also scans Notes Mail attachments in realtime before they reach the user's mailbox. Also existing databases can be scanned manually or automatically at prescheduled times.

ScanMail for Lotus Notes is compatible with Notes 4.0x (including Domino Server) and above running on Windows NT Server 3.51 or above. ScanMail for Lotus Notes is licensed on a per-seat basis and includes PC-cillin desktop virus protection and virus pattern updates for one year. Prices for ScanMail for Lotus Notes start at $835 for a 25-user license. ScanMail licenses can be mixed across cc. Mail, Notes, and Exchange. A free trail version of ScanMail for Lotus Notes is available at the company's Web site. For more information, contact Trend Micro Incorporated, Cupertino, CA; (408) 257-1500; Internet:; WWW:

C2Net Announces Web Server Support

C2Net Software, Inc. has announced that its Stronghold Web server supports the CryptoSwift secure server accelerator from Rainbow Technologies Internet Security Group. Stronghold, a commercial version of the Apache Server, supports Internet electronic commerce transactions and digital authentication. Rainbow's CryptoSwift is a PCI that installs into the bus of a server and contains a "public key" math co-processor that off-loads and accelerates security operations from a server's main processor. CryptoSwift includes functions to accelerate SSL, PCIT, SET, and other security protocols. According to Rainbow Technologies, CryptoSwift performs up to twenty 1024-bit public key calculations per second.

For more information about the Stronghold Web server or CryptoSwift, contact C2Net Software, Inc.; (510) 986-8770; WWW: or Rainbow Technologies Internet Security Group; (888) 667-4728; WWW:

Elsop Upgrades LinkScan

Electronic Software Publishing Corp. has upgraded LinkScan, its Web site link checker. Designed to work on Internet and Intranet servers, LinkScan can test 40,000 links per hour using multi-threaded simultaneous processing. Features of LinkScan 3.0 include: Multi-Site Manager for configuration management and a reporting option to display system configuration parameters. Also included in LinkScan 3.0 are external link testing frequency controls. LinkScan 3.0 also randomizes the external link testing order to avoid peaks on remote servers. LinkScan 3.0 has added a reporting option that displays full system configuration parameters, and the Web Page Report overview includes a hyperlink to an Error Report for each page. Additionally, LinkScan's file includes a listing of the URLs for all pages on a Web site and the TapMap options can be disabled when used by end users.

LinkScan 3.0 runs under Windows NT 4.0 and also runs on UNIX operating systems. LinkScan 3.0 is priced at $495 per server. A free evaluation copy is available from http://www/ For more information, contact Electronic Software Publishing Corporation, 1504 #8-00200 Main St., Gardnerville, NV 89410; WWW:

LXI Announces TMS/ix

LXI Corp. has announced the MMS Tape Management System for UNIX (TMS/ix). Based on the Media Management System (MMS), a family of AS/400 data management tools for tape management, backup and recovery, and archiving, TMS/ix is an integrated suite of software applications designed for magnetic tape usage management on UNIX operating systems. Features of TMS/ix include Tape Management Servers, which control and manage the tape resource requirements of each local host in the network whether TMS/ix is performing backup or tape-related jobs and support for both standard UNIX files and raw devices. TMS/ix supports tape movement to vaults and multiple vaults, multiple TMS server daemons, auto-recovery routines, and the General Tape Utility (gtape). TMS/ix also can process tape-related requirements including: user-owned tape data sets, interchange tape processing, managing UNIX utilities such as AIX's mksysb, piping data from database, and others.

For more information, contact LXI Corp., 222 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Suite 1455, Irving, TX 75039; (800) 226-6526, FAX: (972) 444-2350; WWW: