Young Minds, Inc. Announces High Speed CD-Recording System for UNIX
Young Minds, Inc. has announced its third generation CD-recording system. The system remasters, records, and prints as many as 100 different CD-ROM disks in a single day. This turnkey solution is called Mass Production Studio 2 (MPS 2).
MPS 2 consists of the MPS multi-processor controller, premastering software, two CD recorders, a media autoloader, and an inline printer. Since premastering the data set requires at least as much time as the actual disk recording process, two or more premastering tasks run concurrently on the host system. The host system would be a UNIX workstation. Once the data has been premastered, the host sends the data to the MPS 2 system, which then queues and sends it to a recorder. MPS 2's parallel architecture allows a high rate of utilization of the CD-Recorder. The MPS 2 controller design includes built-in redundancy for the writers.
The MPS2 uses two 4x recorders and supports simultaneous recording on both writers. The input capacity allows up to 50 disks to be recorded unattended. When using the inline printer, the autoloader moves the recorded disk from the recorder to the printer, and then from the printer to the output stack. The printing requires no manual disk handling. The printer uses a thermal printing process for sharp, crisp graphics and text. There is no bleeding or drying time as with ink jet printers. Printed disks will not smudge, fade, or wash off. The entire printing operation, from the time the disk finishes recording to the time it is placed on the output spindle, can take less than 60 seconds.
For more information, contact Young Minds, Inc., 1906 Orange Tree Lane, Suite 220, P.O. Box 6910, Redlands, CA 92375-0910; (800) 964-4964; Fax: (909) 798-0488; Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org; WWW: http://www.ymi.com.
Digital Instrumentation Technology Announces TransferPro for UNIX Release 4
Digital Instrumentation Technology has announced TransferPro for UNIX Release 4. This high-speed file transfer software supports reading and writing of removable Macintosh and DOS formatted media directly from UNIX workstations via SCSI. Additionally, it supports transfer between different types of UNIX systems.
TransferPro compatibility includes Solaris 2.6 and recent removable media formats, including 4.6 Gb magneto-optical drives, 1.5 Gb Syjet, and Iomega Jaz. Release 4 of TransferPro adds support for multiple Macintosh partitions up to 4 Gb per partition. The new release also provides full Japanese language support, permitting transfer of Kanji and Katakana scripted files between Macintosh and Motif SGI UNIX systems.
The new release also maintains long file names when transferring files between UNIX and DOS-based systems. TransferPro supports file transfers between standard UNIX formats and DOS partitions of up to 2 Gb. TransferPro allows users to copy, move, rename, and delete files and directories, including multi-level directory structures. It also supports initializing media.
TransferPro works with standard SCSI devices and supports a wide variety of popular media, including: Iomega Zip, Jaz, and Bernoulli cartridges; 1.5 Gb Syjet Macintosh drives; SyQuest drives in 44, 88, 105, 200, 270, and EZ135 formats; Magneto-optical drives up to 4.6 Gb and 512 bytes/sector (all formats) and 1024 bytes/sector (Macintosh); SCSI-based floppy and floptical drives; DataDock and Data Shuttle removable hard drives. TransferPro also reads Macintosh formatted CD-ROMs. TransferPro runs on UNIX platforms including: SGI IRIX 4.x, 5.x, and 6.x; Data General DG/LX Motorola and Intel; IBM AIX for RS6000; Sun SPARC Solaris 1.x and 2.x; DEC Alpha Digital UNIX, Apple Network Server AIX, and HP-UX 10.20. Versions of TransferPro are also available for Windows 3.x, Windows 95, and Windows NT.
Pricing for a single-user license starts at $459. Floating licenses are also available. For more information, contact Digital Instrumentation Technology; (800) 467-1459; Internet: email@example.com; WWW: http://www.dit.com.
Legato Systems Announces NetWorker BusinessSuite 2.1 for Oracle8
Legato Systems, Inc. has announced NetWorker BusinessSuite Module for Oracle8. The new version supports all versions of Oracle8 and higher. It also provides an upgrade path for for high-performance backup and recovery for Oracle8 users of Legato Storage Manager (LSM), which is shipped with the Oracle8 server release 8.0.4 on Solaris, HP, AIX, and Windows NT platforms. The NetWorker BusinessSuite Module for Oracle integrates with Oracle8 to exploit embedded manageability and reliability features in Oracle8, including block level incremental backups. Incremental backups can reduce the time, volume, and complexity of backup solutions for Oracle data.
The NetWorker BusinessSuite Module for Oracle is part of Legato's enterprise storage management architecture. NetWorker BusinessSuite Module for Oracle, in conjunction with Oracle8 server, supports on-line (hot) full and incremental backups. Other features include complete "lights out" operation via built-in scheduling and tape autochanger support, high-end tape and tape library support, the ability to backup all critical Oracle files and create a secondary copy for off-site storage, and the ability to integrate database backups with filesystem backups for complete enterprise data protection.
The NetWorker BusinessSuite Module for Oracle is priced at $5,000 per Oracle data server operating on UNIX platforms, and $1,000 per Oracle data server operating on Windows NT. For more information, contact Legato Systems; (650) 812-6000; Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org.
TeamShare Releases Intranet-based Problem Tracking System
TeamShare, Inc. has announced TeamTrack Version 2.1, the latest edition of their problem tracking system for software development teams, which was designed and built as an intranet application. TeamTrack supports tracking and prioritizing defects, customer requirements, change requests, and other issues. TeamTrack's intranet-based architecture makes it a versatile, cross-platform system that can support distributed development.
TeamTrack is accessed via a Web browser and provides configurable fields for customization. Multiple projects can be managed within a single database, permitting cross-project reporting. Required fields, user privileges, and access restrictions can be used to tailor the system to existing processes.
TeamTrack v2.1 provides new and improved features, including expanded "attachment" functionality; more robust reporting (including trend reports and calculated fields); caching and HTML templates. The Administrator module was enhanced and compatibility extended to include Oracle7 and Oracle8 databases, in addition to Microsoft SQL Server and Access, compatibility with Netscape Web Server, and improved email notification (SMTP and MAPI support).
TeamTrack v2.1 is priced at $499 for a single-user license, with volume discounts available. For more information, contact TeamShare, Inc., (888) 832-6742; Internet: email@example.com; WWW: http://www.teamshare.com.
Tatung Adds PCI-Based, Dual-Processor SPARC Systems
Tatung Science & Technology, Inc. has introduced the COMPstation U60-2300, a dual-processing Sun Ultra 60-compatible workstation/server. Tatung's previous announcement of the U10-300, a single-processing, Sun Ultra 10-compatible workstation marked their first entry into the PCI-based systems market. Previous Tatung systems were built around the Sbus.
The new PCI system features two 300 MHz, 64-bit UltraSPARCII processors from Sun Microelectronics. This dualprocessor design delivers a SPECint95 of 13.0 and a SPECfp95 of 23.5 when both processors are equipped with 2 Mb of L2 cache. The system supports three 33 MHz, 32-bit PCI devices and one 66 MHz, 64-bit PCI device. An additional 64-bit UPA slot is designed for add-ons such as Creator graphics cards. The COMPstation U60-2300 is particularly suited to demanding applications such as 3D modeling and full digital prototyping.
Suggested list prices start at $15,010 for a COMPstation U60-2300 with two, 300 MHz UltraSPARC-II processors; 2 Mb of external cache; a PCI graphics card; 128 Mb of RAM (expandable to 4 Gb); and a 20-inch color monitor. A single processor system, the COMPstation U60-1300 is listed at $11,410 in the same configuration. Five drive bays are available for mass storage devices and the systems include other standard features, such as Ultra Wide SCS, two serial and one parallel port, and a 100-BaseT Ethernet interface. An add-on disk array storage subsystem from Tatung boosts hard disk capacity to 80 Gb. The systems include the Solaris 2.6 OS and related software as standard, with the Solaris Server Intranet Extension package as an option. For more information, contact: Tatung Science & Technology, 1840 McCarthy Blvd., Milpitas, CA, 95035; (800) 659-5902; Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org; WWW: http://www.tsti.com.
Mainsoft Ships MainWin XDE 3.0 for UNIX
Mainsoft has begun shipping MainWin XDE 3.0, a Windows on UNIX platform porting technology. MainWin XDE 3.0 provides UNIX developers with access to Microsoft's Windows NT development standards-Windows 32-bit (Win32) API support, DCOM, and ActiveX. Past constraints concerning multiple data object model standards are now resolved through Mainsoft's technology.
MainWin XDE 3.0 provides the following features: Win32 API support, including Windows NT 4.0 look and feel, Shell32 library, Windows NT 4.0 memory management, Win32 Structured Exception Handling and Asynchronous Procedure Call APIs; DCOM; ActiveX Template Library 2.1; and Windows NT National Language Support; Motif and Windows 95 looks.
MainWin XDE 3.0 is available on the SPARC Solaris 2.5.1 platform, with plans for mid-1998 support on SGI IRIX 6.2, HP-UX 10.20, IBM AIX 4.1.5, and Digital UNIX 4.0. Pricing starts at $12,000 per license. For more information, contact Mainsoft Corporation, 1270 Oakmead Parkway, Suite 310, Sunnyvale, CA 94086; (408) 774-3400; Fax: (408) 774-3404; WWW: http://www.mainsoft.com.
National Information Systems Announces GraphicVUI 3.02 Project Manager for UNIX
National Information Systems, Inc. has announced GraphicVUE 3.02 for computers supporting Solaris and Irix, including Sun SPARC systems, Intel systems, and SGI systems. GraphicVUE 3.02 provides a completely redesigned Motif GUI, project outlining, and an architecture supporting ready team access. Additional features include support for multiple projects, critical path analysis, customizable calendars, resource leveling, cost reporting, extensive charting, and online documentation and tutorials.
For more information, contact National Information Systems, Inc., 4675 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 110, Santa Clara, CA, 95051-6763; (408) 985-7100; Fax: (408) 246-3127; Internet: email@example.com; WWW: http://www.nis.com.
Eagle Announces Eagle Linux M68K
Eagle Computer Products GmbH has announced Eagle Linux M68K. This system provides the following features: 32-bit performance, pre-emptive multitasking; memory protection; simultaneous multiuser environment and virtual consoles; shared library and demand page loading; intelligent disk caching and the Life-File-System; full network support (TCP/IP, NFS); fast access to foreign file systems including DOS, OS/2-HPFS, NTFS, AFFS, SMB, UFS, and Minx; full SCSI, eIDE, external ISDN adapters, ISO9660, RockRidge support; FPU, accelerator boards, graphics cards; compilers for Fortran, Pascal, C/C++/Objective C, as well as assembler and programming tools; graphic frontends via the X Window System with various window managers; application software graphic design and tools; English and German localization (with Swedish, Polish and French localization planned soon).
The system is compatible with the following platforms: AMIGA 1200/2000/3000/4000(TE); phase5 PowerUP (PPC604e) for AMIGA (under construction); Atari ST/Mega-ST/TT/Falcon; Apple Macintosh 68k series; NeXT Cube 68k series; Apollo, Sun 3, HP, and others based on the VME 68k computers.
For more information, contact eagle computer products GmbH, Altenbergstr.7, 71549 Auenwald, Germany; 49-7191-300993; Fax: 49-7191-300922; Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org; WWW: http://www.eagle-cp.com.
Aurora Software Announces SarCheck v3 for HP-UX
Aurora Software Inc. has begun shipping version 3 of SarCheck for HP-UX 9.00 through 11.00. SarCheck is a performance management tool designed to assist system administrators in the analysis of HP 9000 performance by translating the output of several monitoring utilities into a plain English report. SarCheck identifies performance bottlenecks, finds runaway processes and memory leaks, recommends changes to various tunable parameters and hardware configuration, and quantifies remaining system capacity.
SarCheck is designed to help system administrators learn more about how their systems work by explaining resource utilization and capacity limits in plain English. The software also helps the administrator diagnose problems remotely and quickly recommend or implement corrective actions. Because SarCheck has been specifically designed with safety in mind, it will make detailed recommendations instead of attempting to fix problems itself. SarCheck also provides explanations for its recommendations.
SarCheck reports consist of three sections and a summary. The first section contains recommendations that can be used to improve system performance. These changes include changes to tunable parameters, disk load balance, and hardware upgrades. The second section is an analysis of all system resources monitored by SarCheck. The analysis section contains insights that can help an administrator, even when no resource bottlenecks were detected. The final section, Capacity Planning, can be used to approximate the remaining system capacity.
Pricing for a single SarCheck license for HP-UX starts at $750, and other licensing options are available. SarCheck runs on other popular UNIX platforms, and support for other languages is planned. For more information, contact Aurora Software Inc., P.O. Box 1033, Plaistow, NH, 03865; (603) 382-4200; Fax: (603) 382-4247; WWW: http://www.sarcheck.com.
Ontrack Provides Data Recovery by Phone
Ontrack is now offering Remote Data Recovery (RDR), a service that lets Ontrack rescue data on modem-equipped PCs by phone. Patent-pending RDR works in conjunction with Ontrack Data Advisor, freeware diagnostic software. When a data loss occurs-even when the system won't boot-Data Advisor can be used to diagnose the problem and provide recommendations, including Remote Data Recovery, where appropriate.
RDR can solve non-hardware related problems, including some caused by viruses, corrupted file structures, and software malfunctions. (Other problems, including hardware malfunctions, may require traditional data recovery methods.) If Data Advisor recommends RDR, it gives users the option of automatically establishing a dial-up connection to Ontrack and uploading the diagnostic test results. An experienced data recovery engineer uses those results to develop a data recovery plan. The Ontrack representative will provide time estimates and price quotes for the recovery effort.
Ontrack began providing RDR in January 1998. Typical recovery times range from 30 minutes to two hours, for a 28.8 kbps connection. Pricing is quoted on a case-by-case basis based on the severity of the problem. For a typical drive with a capacity of 2 Gb or less, RDR pricing would range from $400 to $1,200, including a non-refundable $100 diagnostic fee. Data Advisor is available from Ontrack at (800) 872-2599 or as a free download from the Ontrack Web site (www.ontrack.com).
Breece Hill Enhances Saguaro DLT Libraries
Breece Hill Technologies has announced a new software release that allows its Saguaro DLT libraries to be managed as a network device via Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). The Saguaro library will appear as a network device to SNMP enterprise applications. Breece Hill engineers created an Enterprise Extension to the standard SNMP Management Information Base (MIB), which enables the Saguaro library to operate with the major network management applications that support SNMP, including: Tivoli, CA UniCenter, Microsoft Systems Management Server, Sun Solstice Enterprise Manager, Hewlett-Packard OpenView, and IBM NetView,
Network management applications can query a Saguaro library and receive the full range of SNMP data in return, including notification when problems occur in the library. Breece Hill's SNMP implementation includes features to generate a variety of reports. The enhanced MIB (now standard with all Saguaro libraries) enables network managers to access information such as: installed media, location of media within which drive, tape drive operational information, and data about library temperature and voltages.
Breece Hill's DLT-based Saguaro libraries are available in three models optimized and configured to address specific storage demands: the high-performance Saguaro Q70 equipped with 12 DLT drives and 70 cartridges for a maximum capacity of 4.9 terabytes, the "mixed application" Q140 with 9 drives and 140 cartridges for a total capacity of almost 10 terabytes, and the Q2310 high-capacity model that offers almost 15 terabytes of capacity using 6 DLT7000 drives. All Saguaro models are available in "de-populated" configurations to address current needs, but provide scaleability for future growth. For more information, contact Breece Hill Technologies; (303) 449-2673; Internet: Lelizer@BreeceHill.com, WWW: http://www.BreeceHill.com.
Mylex Announces Fibre Channel RAID Controller
Mylex Corporation has announced OEM availability of the DACSF Fibre Channel-to-SCSI RAID controller, which is described by Mylex as "capable of doubling the bandwidth and I/O performance of existing parallel bus controllers." Using Fibre Channel technology, the DACSF permits higher bandwidth connectivity over greater distances than is possible with SCSI technology. Fibre Channel provides over 100 Mb/sec data transfer rates over a serial link, simplifying cable routing and maintenance.
DACSF provides two copper FC-AL (Fibre Channel arbitrated loop) host channels and five wide Ultra SCSI drive channels. The system supports up to 75 drives configured into as many as eight LUNs, allowing system configurations up to 1.3 terabytes of storage per controller. The DACSF is field upgradeable with flash EEPROM. It supports RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 3, 5, 10, 30, 50, and JBOD. The DACSF has a 64 Mb cache with write-through or write-back options for each logical array. The DACSF is capable of sustaining disk transfer rates of up to 52 Mb/sec and sustained cache transfer rates of 97 Mb/sec, with a burst transfer rate of up to 100 Mb/sec from each host channel. The dual loop host channels provide redundant connections.
The DACST controller is shipping to OEMs with pricing in the $4,000 range with 64 Mb of RAM. For more information, contact Mylex Corporation, 34551 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, CA, 94555; (800) 776-9539; Fax: (510) 745-8016; WWW: http://www.mylex.com.
ANDATACO's Storage Management Software Supports Centralized Access to GigaRAID Sites
ANDATACO has released the Client/Server Storage Manager (Client/S), a host-based, network-centric storage management system for GigaRAID/HA (tm) storage arrays deployed throughout an organization. Client/S provides centralized access to all GigaRAID/HA units anywhere on the network for asset and service management, as well as reviewing and configuring of storage arrays. The system targets OLTP environments with installed on-line capacity from 40 Gb to more than a terabyte. Client/S enables users to control any GigaRAID/HA unit from any network location and offers automatic email notification of faults, on-line graphical indication of any fault in the network, and instructions for correcting detected faults.
Client/S has a suggested list price of $895 and is available for Sun Solaris platforms. HP-UX and Windows NT support versions are planned for the first half of 1998. For more information, contact: ANDATACO, 10140 Mesa Rim Road, San Diego, CA, 92121; (800) 334-9191; Fax: (619) 453-9294; Internet: email@example.com; WWW: http://www.andataco.com.
Modern Software Publishing Supports C2 Class Security for Windows NT
Modern Software Publishing, Inc. has announced Modern GuardZ, a software security solution for Windows NT and Windows 95 applications. GuardX enables developers to add U.S. Department of Defense "Orange Book" C2 class security to everyday business applications.
GuardX is a collection of ActiveX components that support many hosts, including Visual C++, Visual Basic, VBA, Access, and others. GuardX features local or network Access Control list management, time-out capabilities, and full audit trail data collection. GuardX prevents unauthorized access to software programs, program features, dialogs, and user interface elements. GuardX manages users, user groups, and user logons, automatically controlling access based on user credentials.
GuardX is priced at $698 with one-year maintenance subscription, free technical support, and a 30-day money back guarantee. For more information, contact Modern Software Publishing, Inc., Five Youngs Road, Pomfret Center, CT, 06259; (800) 637-6887; Fax: (860) 963-1074; Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org; WWW: http://www.modernsoftware.com.
Lightwave Introduces new Console Switch for NT/PC Servers
Lightwave Communications has introduced the PC ServerSwitch Plus, part of their line of console management solutions. The PC ServerSwitch Plus enables users to control multiple PCs through a single monitor, keyboard, and mouse from one location. Administrators can interact with any CPU attached to the PC ServerSwitch Plus without affecting other attached PCs active software processes.
On-screen menus allow administrators to name servers, auto scan, navigate, and switch among PCs while an LCD also shows server names and error messages. Each PC ServerSwitch Plus enables control of eight PCs and units can be cascaded to control 120 PCs. The PC ServerSwitch Plus includes a cascade port for combining switches without sacrificing a control port.
The PC ServerSwitch Plus is priced at $895. For more information, contact Lightwave Communications; (800) 871-9838; Internet: email@example.com.