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New Products

Advanced Systems Concepts Adds Sun Solaris Support to RemoteSHADOW

Advanced Systems Concepts has announced an extension to its RemoteSHADOW product to support the Sun Solaris platform. RemoteSHADOW transparently and continuously protects an organization's data by maintaining a copy at a remote site.

RemoteSHADOW for Sun Solaris includes both local and remote shadowing capabilities for partitions or volumes in the event of a disk drive, controller, system, or data center failure. RemoteSHADOW supports a variety of connections for shadowing over links regardless of distance or bandwidth requirements. Bandwidth can be managed during specific periods through RemoteSHADOW's technology for smoothing data peaks.

With its Network Restart feature, RemoteSHADOW also assists in the preservation of information following a network failure. Network Restart sends information to a queue when a connection is lost. The information continues to build in the queue until the connection is reestablished. Network Restart also sends only the delta information, reducing system demands.

RemoteSHADOW is available for the Open VMS, UNIX, and Sun Solaris platforms. For more information, contact: Advanced Systems Concepts, (800) 229-2724; WWW:

ASL Workstations Announces High-Performance Linux Systems

ASL Workstations, Inc., has announced the AS-Svr2000, a rack-mounted Linux server and the AS-LT300 laptop computer.

The release of the Intel Pentium II/III-based AS-Svr2000 server expands ASL Workstations' line of pre-configured Linux PC systems to meet the needs of ISPs and organizations with clustered-computing environments. The AS-Svr2000 utilizes the high-performance Intel L440GX+ motherboard to provide a powerful server in a 2U form factor, half the size of the standard 4U. This effectively doubles the capacity of existing racks.

The AS-Svr2000 comes in a variety of configurations, from a single 350 MHz Pentium II to dual 550 MHz Pentium IIIs, with up to 72 GB of Ultra 2/LVD SCSI data storage and up to 2 GB of PC100 ECC SDRAM. The AS-Svr2000 can also be ordered with up to four 10/100 Mbps Ethernet adapters.

The AS-LT300 laptop PC includes a 333-366 MHz Pentium II processor, up to 288 MB of SDRAM, and up to 10 GB Ultra DMA/33 data storage. The AS-LT300 ships with a 14.1" 1024 x 786 active matrix screen, ESS Maestro 3D sound card, and 56 K flex modem or 10/100 Mbps Ethernet connectivity. It is also shipped with Applixware, Applix, Inc.'s office productivity suite for Linux, and Accelerated-X, Xi Graphics' highest performance X Window display server.

AS-Svr2000 pricing ranges from $2,600 to $6,300 while pricing for the AS-LT300 ranges from $2,700 to $3,600. For more information, contact: ASL Workstations, Inc.; 1757 Houret Court, Milpitas, CA 95035; (408) 941-2070; Fax: (408) 941-2071; Internet:; WWW:

Enhanced Software Technologies Announces BRU 15.1 for Linux

Enhanced Software Technologies, Inc. (EST), has announced BRU 15.1, Backup & Restore Utility for Linux systems. EST describes the release of CRU (Crash Recovery Utility) for Linux under an open source license as the most significant enhancement of version 15.1.

CRU provides a method for creating a set of disaster recovery diskettes, to be used for recovery in conjunction with BRU. The recovery process can be administered remotely via network or modem.

For more information, contact: Enhanced Software Technologies; 4014 East Broadway, Suite 405, Phoenix, AZ 85050; (800) 998-8649; Fax: (602) 470-1116; Internet:; WWW:

TimesTen Announces Database Performance Results

TimesTen Performance Software has announced performance results for the TimesTen in-memory database using Hewlett-Packard's new HP 9000 N-Class Enterprise Server. Utilizing a benchmark intended to measure the throughput of Internet-oriented database workloads, TimesTen and HP's N-Class completed 3,900,000 database transactions per minute (65,000 per second). The tests used TimesTen's ODBC interface and a 4-way HP 9000 N-Class system running the 64-bit HP-UX 11 operating system.

Both TimesTen and HP's N-Class servers are 64-bit enabled, offering binary compatibility and enabling customers to take advantage of the emerging IA-64 architecture, developed jointly between HP and Intel. TimesTen's memory-optimized architecture is designed to work in collaboration with the corporate database, extending data-intensive processing closer to the Internet users, and holding active, performance-critical information in TimesTen. Such data is synchronized periodically with the corporate database.

For more information, contact: TimesTen Performance Software; 2085 Landings Drive, Mountain View, CA 94043; (800) 970-1248; WWW:

VERITAS Announces TeleBackup 2.05

VERITAS Software Corporation has announced VERITAS TeleBackup version 2.05, remote/mobile backup and recovery software designed to protect distributed client data. According to VERITAS, TeleBackup provides high server performance and scalability, fast data transmission for both UNIX and Windows NT environments, and server support fo Hewlett-Packard HP-UX.

VERITAS TeleBackup is intended for companies with remote, mobile, or other PCs requiring backup support, but with limited access to IT department resources. VERITAS TeleBackup supports a variety of connection options, including dial-up, LAN/WAN, and Internet/ISP connections. VERITAS additionally supports UNIX platforms. VERITAS TeleBackup provides four levels of securing, including restore password, authentication codes for session validation, unique header and compression, variable length data packets, random storage, and binary identifiers. Users schedule automatic backups at pre-defined times. With each backup, the server takes a full image snapshot, supporting a one-step restore process. The user's data is maintained online, and users can restore selected data as needed. VERITAS TeleBackup makes use of Single Instance Storage (SIS), DeltaTech, and server throttling technology to reduce time and bandwidth required per backup. The client software minimizes server processing and connection time by performing compression and data set change calculations prior to transmission.

Suggested retail prices start at $10,000 of a single Windows NT server liense or from $16,000 for a single-server UNIX license. For more information, contact: VERITAS Software, 400 International Parkway, Heathrow, FL 32746; (800) 327-2232; Fax: (407) 531-7730; Internet:; WWW:

Northern Development Group Extends SwiftView

Northern Development Group, Inc., has introduced instant viewing of .zip compressed PCL and HPGL files in SwiftView 5.0, which also includes links to standard URLs from within a PCL file to provide enhanced markup capabilities.

In addition to supporting zipped files, SwiftView 5.0 adds support for: hyperlinks, automatically underlining URLs and launching default browsers when clicked; markups, via transparent and opaque colors, “sticky notes”, etc.; “Hot-Spots”, clickable rectangles that can open an URL, move to another location in the PCL document, or execute other ICS* commands; documents composed of arbitrary files, with any combination of PCL, HPGL, and TIFF files; and support for Win32 DLL and ActiveX.

SwiftView runs on UNIX systems and Windows 3.x/95/98/NT, with license starting at $1,500 for a Web site or LAN server. Fully functional, time-limited trials of SwiftView can be downloaded from For more information, contact: Northern Development Group, Inc.; 7100 SW Hampton Street, Suite 207, Portland, OR 97223; (503) 620-0196; Fax: (503) 639-8466; WWW:

Network Instruments Announces Voice Over IP Decoding

Network Instruments, LLC, has announced Observer 6.2, a protocol analyzer and traffic management and troubleshooting tool for shared and switched environments. Observer 6.2 provides Voice over IP (VoIP) H.323 protocol decoding.

In addition to the VoIP decoding, Observer supports analysis of switched networks. Observer provides both statistical sampling of all switch ports (looping) and a full port-based capture (static). Observer supports any switch that allows port re-direction and has an SNMP or telnet management interface.

Observer is a 32-bit PC application for Windows 95/98/NT/2000 environments. Observer supports multiple protocols over Ethernet, Token-Ring, and FDDI LANs. Observer's distributed architecture supports analysis of multi-segment LANs as well. Observer 6.2 is priced at $995. Extensions and options are available. For more information, contact: Network Instruments, LLC; Fourth Floor, 8800 West Highway Seven, Minneapolis, MN 55426; (800) 526-7919; Fax: (612) 932-9545; Internet:; WWW:

Sangoma Technologies Announces
PCI-Based S514 Card and Updates WANPIPE

Sangoma Technologies, Inc., has announced the PCI-based S514 card, with significant performance improvements over the ISA-based S508, particularly in the area of bus throughput.

The card is available in two versions. A dual-port version with one main 4 Mbps port and one auxiliary 512 kbps port. Both ports support RS232 and V.35/X.21/EIA530. A quad-port version with two sets of interfaces as in the dual-port version. Dual CPUs and on-board memory permit the quad-port version to operate like two separate cards, such as supporting X.25 on one main 4 Mbps port, and Cisco HDLC on the second main port and second auxiliary port.

Sangoma also announced WANPIPE versions 2.06 and 2.07 for Linux 2.2.x. Changes include: better error handling in startup scripts; bug fixes; updated kernel patches; English comments for startup SYSTEM ERROR messages; Xpipemon debugging applicatoin for the X25 router; and an updated USER_MANUAL.TXT.

The S5141 dual-port card is priced at $599. The S5142 quad-port card is priced at $859. For more information, contact: Sangoma Technologies, Inc.; 1001 Denison Street, Suite 101, Markham, Ontario, L3R 2Z6, Canada; (800) 388-2475; Fax: (905) 474-9223; WWW:

Tadpole-RDI Enhances Portable Server System

Tadpole-RDI has announced that its portable UNIX server system is now available with 360MHz UltraSPARC Iii processors. The VoyagerIIi brings notebook technology to the server market. The system weighs 10 lbs and has a footprint the size of a municipal phone directory.

Tadpole-RDI also announced a reseller agreement with Hewlett-Packard Company. The agreement allows HP to resell Tadpole-RDI portable HP-UX workstations through its HP Complementary Products (HPCP) in North America. This agreement provides Tadpole-RDI with a strong reseller capability in a wide range of markets, and HP customers can now acquire Tadpole-RDI workstations as part of an integrated HP solutions, through HPCP.

For more information, contact: Tadpole-RDI; 2300 Faraday Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92008; (800) 734-5483; Fax: (760) 931-1063; Internet:; WWW:

I-Bus Introduces RR4 RAID Enclosure

I-Bus, Inc., a Maxwell Technologies company, has announced the RR4, a 4U, 8-drive, rack-mount enclosure that measures 7" x 17" x 16"/19". The RR4 is designed for applications requiring high availability and ease of maintenance.

Standard features include one 400-Watt AC power supply; four front removable 49.4 CFM fans; front removable filters; locking drive doors; and shock-mounted drives. The RR4's front cooling system forces air across the drives. The RR4 has support for up to eight devices in removable or hot-swappable shuttles.

Optional features include up to four 400-watt power supplies and a drive mount bracket that allows four vertically mounted drives to be replaced by two 5.25s and one 3.5 mounted horizontally, providing support for drives that must be mounted horizontally. RR4 pricing starts at $660. For more information, contact: I-Bus, Inc.; (888) 307-7892; Internet:; WWW:

bCandid Introduces Twister Discussion Server Software

bCandid Corporation has introduced Twister, a Web-enabled discussion server software for ISPs. bCandid emphasized their product's scalability and control of bandwidth.

bCandid describes the specific features of Twister as: unsurpassed scalability -- providing the capability of supporting literally millions of discussion groups; customization options, allowing ISPs to present their own or their clients discussion groups with custom look and feel; and, bandwidth control, regulating the bandwidth consumed by the discussion groups.

For more information, contact: bCandid Corporation; 5744 Central Avenue, Suite 100, Boulder, CO 80301; (303) 545-5550; Fax: (303) 545-5551; WWW:

StraightLine Announces Webcentric Library Management

StraightLine has announced the Harrier Internet Console for Web-centric, automated library management. Harrier AIT Libraries support rendering a virtual library through a browser interface. The Harrier Internet Console provides a Web server embedded in the library. With Internet access, both operators and support personnel can have a virtual view of the library, along with the ability to manage it for performance and up-time from remote locations.

Harrier Internet Console provides real-time views of library activity, comprehensive tape movement, and drive status and control. StraightLine implemented the system with its Open Robotic Control Architecture (ORCA), enabling libraries to act as computers on the network rather than simply SCSI peripherals. The architecture also permits access to the advanced status and control functions of Sony's AIT tape drive. The Harrier Internet Console avoids the need for a separate platform to support SCSI gateway middleware.

For more information, contact: StraightLine; 13410 SE 32nd Street, Suite 3D, Bellevue, WA 98005; (425) 865-8314; Fax: (425) 746-8531; WWW:

Mylex Announces Workstation Array Manager

Mylex Corporation has announced Workstation Array Manager for its AcceleRAID family of controllers. Workstation Array Manager brings full-featured RAID management to PC-based workstations.

Mylex's Workstation Array Manager doesn't require a network; it installs locally with Mylex's configuration utility, RAIDEzAssit. The software monitors the performance of the controller, drives, and overall RAID system, while detecting areas of potential I/O bottlenecks. Workstation Array Manager's Immediate RAID Availability background initialization feature enables other setup tasks to be performed while the rest of the system is being configured. Workstation users can change RAID levels without taking the system offline, and through Mylex's M.O.R.E. (Mylex Online RAID Expansion) feature, can add storage capacity while the system is up and running.

Workstation Array Manager offers several fault management schemes, including SES (SCSI Enclosure Services) and SAF-TE (SCSI Accessed Fault-Tolerant Enclosures) for enclosure management support, and for drive, fan, and power supply condition monitoring. The software also offers SMART (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) support for predictive drive failure reporting. The software provides user-definable events for notification via pager, email, or fax, along with statistical views for performance analysis.

Workstation Array Manager is based on Mylex's Global Array Manager. AcceleRAID supports SCO UnixWare, Linux (through third parties), NetWare, and Windows NT. MSRP for the AcceleRAID family begins at $499. For more information, contact: Mylex Corporation; 34551 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont, CA 94555-3607; (510) 796-6100; Fax: (510) 745-7654; WWW:

Overland's Line of Storage Solutions Available with Quantum's DLT 8000

Overland Data, Inc., has announced that its full line of tape automation solutions is now available with Quantum's DLT 8000 drive technology. In a fully loaded EnterpriseXpress system, capacity is increased by 480 GB and the transfer rate is increased by 20% by integrating the DLT 8000 technology.

Quantum's DLT 8000 drives provide a native capacity of 40 GB, with data transfer rates of 6 Mb/sec compared to 35 Gb and 5 Mb/sec for DLT 7000. Head life increases to 50,000 hours vs. 30,000 hours on the DLT 7000 drives. DLT 8000 drives are backward read-and-write compatible with DLT 4000 and DLT 7000 formats and use the same DLT IV cartridge as DLT 7000 drives.

MSRP pricing for Overland DLTtape units with DLT 8000 drives is as follows: LoaderXpress $12,095, MinilibraryXpress $17,045, LibraryXpress $19,641, and EnterpriseXpress $41,140. For more information, contact: Overland Data; 8975 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92123-1599; (619) 571-5555; Fax: (619) 571-0982; WWW:

SATO America Supports ERP System with Teklynx Software

SATO America, Inc. has announced support for a wide range of multi-platform, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications with SENTINEL PrintAgent, a connectivity software package co-developed by Teklynx International and JetForm Corporation. SATO's line of direct thermal/thermal transfer bar code printers will now communicate with multi-platform ERP applications such as manufacturing control, warehouse management, inventory control, and other supply-chain management functions. The software package allows SATO printers to print bar code labels directly from UNIX, AS/400, or Windows-based applications.

For more information, contact: SATO America; 545 Wedell Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089-2114; (408) 745-1300; Fax: (408) 745-1309; WWW: