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New Products

Open BSD Launches OpenBSD 2.6

OpenBSD has launched OpenBSD 2.6, an operating system that integrates the open source OpenSSH secure communication tools in the base system. According to the company, OpenBSD comes even closer to being “Secure by Default”. OpenBSD's “Secure by Default” configuration lets administrators set up an Internet server and run it. An ongoing thorough audit of the source code for sloppy coding practices and security risks is OpenBSD's recipe for “hardening” the OS. In addition to OpenSSH, OpenBSD integrates several cryptographic algorithms.

Based on UC Berkeley's 4.4BSD-Lite, OpenBSD 2.6 operates on multiple hard platforms such as SPARC, Mac68K, and PCs. OpenBSD is free, reusable software, available on the Internet under a Berkeley-style license. OpenBSD on the Web can be found at OpenSSH can be found at For more information about OpenBSD, contact: The Computer Shop, Calgary, Canada; (403) 243-4356; Fax: (403) 243-2684; WWW:

Shpink Announces Network Shell 3.0

Shpink Software has announced Network Shell 3.0. Network Shell provides a shell and Perl environment that lets systems administrators perform secure, automated, and interactive system administration of remote hosts without the need to telnet or establish a remote shell connection to each host individually. Network Shell is a secure administration environment. Network Shell supports access control lists to manage host access and permissions on a per host, subnet, and user level with security granularity extending down to the command level. Sessions to remote hosts can be encrypted (up to 128 bits) with either DES, Triple DES (3DES), or Blowfish cipher engines.

Network Shell v3.0 supports concurrent management of multiple UNIX and Windows 9x/NT machines from a single UNIX or Windows NT administration station. Network Shell optionally includes a Windows NT client that lets administrators use UNIX commands to manage remote Windows and UNIX systems.

Pricing for Network Shell v3.0 starts at $199 per single UNIX/NT server license and includes a Network Shell client license for a UNIX host. Each Network Shell client for Windows NT requires a separate additional license also priced at $199. For more information, contact: Shpink Software, San Mateo, CA; (888) 492-6867; WWW:

RARE Introduces RASER

RARE Systems, Inc. has introduced the RASER Network Filer, a NAS file server that increases data I/O for UNIX, Windows, and Web clients. RASER's network engines runs a high speed OS built around standard TCP/IP, NFS, and SMB protocols that run on industry-standard hardware. By using existing 10/100 Mbit Ethernet, Gigabit, and Jumbo Gigabit networks, RASER does not require a complete infrastructure makeover. Hardware-based RAID and Ultra2 technology, according to the company, help achieve over 3,000 network operations per second. RASER scales from 100 GB to over 4 TB per filer. For pricing and other information about RASER, contact: RARE Systems, Dallas, TX; (214) 800-8796; WWW:

Yosemite Upgrades TapeWare

Yosemite Technologies has upgraded TapeWare, its data storage management software. TapeWare 6.2 supports RedHat's Linux 5.2/6x, offering all the backup features for Novell NetWare and Windows NT/9.x. TapeWare for Red Hat Linux uses the same user interface as all other TapeWare editions. Additionally, Tape Ware 6.2 can access diagnostic information from TapeAlert-capable tape drives and libraries, providing information on the condition of equipment and media. Other TapeWare 6.2 features include software compression, remote administration for TapeWare Lite, and free autoloader supports on all editions.

With TapeWare 6.2, backup devices can be placed on any network machine without restrictions and a single backup or restore job can transfer data to and from multiple backup devices concurrently. Additionally, TapeWare includes a single administration point, which lets multiple jobs on multiple servers be administered simultaneously from any network machine. TapeWare 6.2 also builds a model around files and file instances that allows for more intuitive database management and selection of files for restoring.

For pricing and other information about TapeWare 6.2, contact: Yosemite Technologies, Inc., 2750 N. Clovis Ave., Fresno, CA 93727; (559) 292-8888; Fax: (559) 292-8908; Internet:; WWW:

Workstations Solutions Announces Quick Restore 2.6

Workstations Solutions has announced Quick Restore 2.6, a centrally administered, enterprise-ready, network backup system for Red Hat Linux servers and clients. Linux-based Quick Restore backup servers can manage backup and recovery in Linux, Windows NT, commercial UNIX, and Network Appliance networks. Quick Restore on Linux seamlessly integrates with all other platforms, allowing backup and recovery of UNIX, Windows NT, or Network Appliance data to tape libraries attached to Linux servers.

Quick Restore 2.6 also adds support for Network Appliance filers using the Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP). Network Appliance users can now back up NetApp filers to a centrally located UNIX or Linux backup server with an attached tape library.

A single Quick Restore 2.6 Linux server license starts at $2,500. Unlimited Linux client licenses for Red Hat Linux 4.2, 5, and 6 are free. For more information, contact: Workstation Solutions, Inc., Amherst, NH.; (800) 487-0080 or (603) 672-8600; Internet: WWW:

Datametrics Announces Support and Product

Datametrics Systems Corp. has announced that it has added support for Linux and Sun Solaris platforms to VisualRoute Internet and has also announced VisualPulse. The Java-based VisualRoute and VisualRoute Server provide the functionality of Internet ping, whois, and traceroute tools. VisualRoute automatically analyzes Internet connectivity and performance problems, displaying the results in a table or on a world map. VisualRoute, a graphical tool, determines where and how traffic is flowing on the route between a desired destination and the user trying to access it. VisualRoute provides a geographical map of the route, and the performance on each portion of the route. VisualRoute can be installed on a user's PC to determine connectivity and performance between the PC and any site on the Internet or corporate Intranet. VisualRoute Server, the enterprise version of the product, lets Webmasters, ISPs, and ASPs provide this ability to any client that has a Java-enabled Web browser.

Additionally, the company has announced VisualPulse. VisualPulse let users monitor specific Web sites, servers, and network nodes anywhere over the Internet, Intranet, or Extranet (or any combination of these) visually providing realtime and historical reports on network latency and packet loss. VisualPulse supports Linux, Solaris, and Windows NT/95/98/2000 platforms. VisualPulse can also be integrated with VisualRoute Server.

VisualRoute for Linux starts at $45.95 and VisualRoute for Solaris starts at $59.95 for a single-user license. Prices for VisualPulse for Windows NT/95/98/2000 start at $99.95 (single-copy, 5-monitored elements). For pricing for VisualPulse for Linux and Sun Solaris, contact the company. For more information, contact: Datametrics Systems Corporation, WWW:,, and

Rave Adds Memory to RackMount-AXmp

Rave Computer Association, Inc. has added more memory to its Rave System RackMount-AXmp. The memory capacity of the AXmp system has been scaled from 2 Gb to a maximum of 4 Gb. The Rave Systems RackMount-AXmp is a multi-processing server. Rave Systems integrates Sun's UltraAXmp motherboard into a 5U 19” rackmount chassis. The UltraAXmp is a scalable 64-bit UltraSPARC multi-processing motherboard with an Ultra Port Architecture that lets the aggregate CPU bus bandwidth be increased to 3.2 Gb per second via a custom cross bar switch. This processor bandwidth supports scaling of up to four UltraSPARC-II microprocessor modules (currently shipping at 400 Mhz with 4-MB cache). The system also has integrated dual channel Ultra-wide SCSI and six PCI slots, four at 33 MHz and two at 66 Hz.

The Rave System Rackmount-AXmp standard chassis configuration features four 5.25 shock-mounted drive bays, a 600-watt power supply and three 90-CFM cooling fans. The RackMount-AXmp also comes pre-installed with Solaris 2.7 and is binary compatible with the array of current SPARC applications.

For pricing and other information about the Rave Systems RackMount-Axmp, contact: Rave Computer Association, Inc., 36960 Metro Ct., Sterling Heights, MI 48312; (800) 966-7283 or (810) 939-8230; Fax: (810) 939-7431; WWW:

Syntax Introduces e-BizFS

Syntax Systems, Inc. has introduced e-Business File System (e-BizFS), a tool within its Open Enterprise Services. Syntax e-BizFS lets users drag and drop files in any format, into any file system in the enterprise. It also lets users use files in any file system in the enterprise and lets users store Web pages, images, documents, data files, spreadsheets, and other traditional files in any file system. Authorized users can search and view those files from any desktop through a standard Web browser, Windows Explorer, Macintosh Chooser, or NetWare for Windows. Because e-BizFS is a transparent solution, files appear the same across the enterprise.

For pricing and other information about e-BizFS, contact: Syntax, Inc., 840 S. 333rd St., Federal Way, WA 98003; (253) 838-2626; FAX: (253) 838-9836; WWW:

Mainstay Launches OmniEdit

Mainstay has launched, a Web site that provides a free application service to quickly edit Web pages anytime, anywhere, using only a Web browser. OmniEdit is a remote Web editing system that can edit any existing Web site. A user visits the Web site, enters their ftp name, password, and path for any Web pages to which they have access. A text editor window opens displaying the HTML code, ready for editing. After making changes, the user clicks a “Save” button and their Web page is automatically modified. OmniEdit works with any Web site and requires absolutely no set-up of any kind. OmniEdit supports all popular browsers including Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, and the AOL browser on UNIX, Windows NT/95/98, and Macintosh.

OmniEdit, an advertising supported service, is now available at no charge. For more information, contact: Mainstay, 591-A Constitution Ave., Camarillo, CA 93012; (805) 484-9400; WWW:

Electronic Software Publishing Introduces LinkScan 6.1

Electronic Software Publishing Corp. has introduced LinkScan 6.1. LinkScan is a link checking and Web site management tool for UNIX, Linux, and Windows NT/98. LinkScan checks Web sites through either the file system or the Web server. The file system process lets LinkScan identify orphan files. Checking links through the Web server lets LinkScan check active elements such as CGIs, image maps, external links, and Server Side Includes. Having both capabilities lets the LinkScan users mirror their production servers on either their workstations or a development server.

Features of LinkScan 6.1 include the ability to import a simple list of links for validation and validate hyperlinks embedded in Adobe PDF documents. LinkScan 6.1 also includes an Extraheader command. Adding this command to linkscan.cfg makes LinkScan send the additional header with each http request. Other features include multi-threaded processing, smart probing of remote links, and control features for reduced processing of duplicate links. LinkScan 6.1 is scalable and supports server aliases and server redirections.

LinkScan supports all UNIX servers, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 98 with Perl 5. Free fully-functional evaluation copies of LinkScan 6.0 can be downloaded from the company's Web site. LinkScan Server Version 6.1 is a free upgrade to owners of any version from 4.0 to 6.0. For pricing and other information about LinkScan 6.1, contact: Electronic Software Publishing Corporation, San Jose, CA; WWW:

Discmatic Expands Duplicator Line

Discmatic has expanded its line of professional CD duplicators with the Tigereye 800 and Tigereye 1600. The Tigereye series are standalone tower models that feature the same logic used in earlier Discmatic tower model, which is stored on an advanced flash ROM. Additionally, the internal firmware can be upgraded via a firmware CD or by downloading the firmware file from the Discmatic Web site.

The Tigereye 800 is an eight-drive model that features Discmatic's controller engine. The Tigereye 800 can produce 48 full CDs per hour. The Tigereye 1600 combines the 800 with an eight-drive slave unit so that up to 16 CDs can be copied at one time, or up to 96 full CDs per hour. Both towers support the simultaneous use of CD/R/RW drives from different manufacturers. Additionally, each tower has a dedicated CD-ROM drive bay.

The Tigereye series supports all major CD formats. Prices for the base unit Tigereye models range from $1,465 to $3,445. For more information, contact: Discmatic, 55 Mall Dr., Commack, NY 11725; (800) 422-6707 or (516) 864-9700; Fax: (516) 864-9710; Internet:; WWW:

I/O Concepts Releases MVS Console Consolidation System

I/O Concepts has released the MVS Console Consolidation System, a system that consolidates mainframe consoles onto both UNIX and Windows workstations. The Console consolidation operates as a client/server application. The server, running on UNIX or Windows NT platforms, starts an X-Direct or Win-Direct 3270 terminal emulation client that is attached to a Multi-Host Coax Gateway. Each coax card supports five consoles, VTAM sessions, or 3270 printers. A failover option lets a client automatically switch to a backup console consolidation server if the primary server goes down.

The X-Direct and Win-Direct Console Consolidation system provides a way for displaying images of a single mainframe console anywhere along a TCP/IP network. The administrator, using a control panel, can monitor who is accessing a particular console, and can define a console window as read/write or read only. The X-Direct and Win-Direct 3270 client software includes a macro language that aids in automating may aspects of a console session. Macros can be configured to automatically enter responses to a mainframe or to log onto a session.

For pricing and other information about the MVS Console Consolidation System, contact: I/O Concepts, Bellevue, WA; (425) 450-0650; Internet:; or WWW:

Raidtec Introduces Three Products

Raidtec Corp. has introduced three products: nEngine V NAS Server appliance, NAS RAIDserver V12, and FibreArray AA12 controller. The eEngine V is an embedded File Server appliance for departmental and workgroup heterogeneous storage requirements. Based on the company's FlashLinux operating system, the nEngine comes in two models: 5 1/4" half height form factor or a full height 5 1/4" with a PCI slot. The NAS RAIDserver V12, which is based on the nEngine V, also offers scalable, simultaneous access network file sharing services.

Both nEngine and RAIDserver V support a 64-bit PowerPC 750 CPU with 1-MB L2cache, 18-Mb Flash that contains all system software, and 64- to 512-MB RAM. Additionally, both include two Ultra2 LVD SCSI channels, two 10/100 Ethernet channels, and two serial ports. Features of nEngine and RAIDserver V include simultaneous access network file sharing services for both UNIX and NT clients, fault tolerant storage, RAID 0,1,10, and 5 data protection, and a browser interface for Web-based network tape backup services. Both are compatible with Netscape, Internet Explorer, and other browsers. Additionally, nEngine supports30 Ultra2 LVD drives while the RAIDserver V support 24 Ultra 2 LVD drives.

The third product, FibreArray AA 12 dual controller, is a full loop, fully Redundant, host-independent RAID storage system. The FibreArray AA 12 support 12 3.5" Fibre Channel dual ported drives. According to the company, up to 120 drives can be part of the AA controlled Array by adding 9 complementary FibreArray 12 FC dual port enclosures. The FibreArray system can be configured as with a desk side tower or as a 4U standard 19" rackmount. FibreArray AA 12 features RAID 0,1,0+1, and 5, and firmware supports for Fibre Channel Fabric Switch and Multi-Initiators with a selection of SAN components. Additionally, FibreArray AA 12 supports FC-RAIDman GUI-based management and configuration tools, FC Access for secure SAN volume management in multiple host configuration, FC Dual\Path Extends for Active/Active duplex operation on NT platforms, and FC Replicate for remote storage mirroring over Fibre Channel links.

For pricing and other information about nEngine V NAS server appliance, RAIDserver V, or FibreArray AA 12, contact: Raidtec Corporation, 400 Overlook Business Park, Bldg. 12, 1360 Union Hill Rd., Alpharetta, GA 30004; (700) 664-6066; Fax: (770) 664-6166; Internet:; WWW:

SuSE Announces Two Products

SuSE Inc. has announced a beta version of SuSE Linux 6.3 for Macintosh PowerPC and ReiserFS with a journaling function. SuSE Linux 6.3 for PowerPC supports the SuSE-specificadministration tool YaST (Yet another Setup too) and SaX (SuSE Advanced X) configuration. YaST provides integrated user and group administration and SaX sets up the graphical interface.

In a related announcement, the company's ReiserFA (file system) now supports a journaling function. With the Journaling Filesystem, every change to the data structures of the file system is protocol, and the journal is written to the hard drive before any modifications to the actual data are made. As a result, after a sudden system crash, a consistent system can be recreated at the next system start.

A free beta test CD with Linux and a selection of free application programs can be obtained by contacting SuSE. A SuSE Linux 6.3 for PowerPC is available on SuSE's ftp server, SuSE Linux 6.3 for PowerPC includes the handbook and 60-day installation support. The company anticipates the price to be $49.95. ReiserFS with the journaling function will be integrated into the next version of SuSE Linux. A copy can be downloaded from /pub/suse/i386/update/6.3/reiserfs. For more information, contact: SuSE Inc., 580 Second St., Suite 210, Oakland, CA 94607; (510) 628-3380; Fax: 9510) 628-3381; Internet: ; WWW:

Pervasive Introduces Tango 2000 for Linux

Pervasive Software Inc. has introduced Tango 200, an Application Server for Linux. The Tango Development Studio is a visual programming environment for designing, building, and testing Web applications. The Tango Application Server supports scalable, cross-platform deployment on Linux, Solaris, Windows NT, and Macintosh. Tango 2000 for Linux includes a copy of the Pervasive.SQL database, reporting capabilities, and support for JavaBeans, JavaScript, COM objects, ODBC, HTML, XML, SQL, HTTP, and CGI.

Tango 2000 Application Server is available for Red Hat Linux 5.2 and above, Caldera OpenLinux 2.2 and above, and SuSE Linux 6.1 and above. A trial copy of Tango 2000 for Linux is available at the company's Web site. Prices for Tango 2000 for Linux range from $1,295 to $25,000. For more information, Contact: Pervasive Software, Inc., Austin, TX; (800) 287-4383; WWW:

Etnus Ships TotalView 4.0 Parallel Debugger

Etnus has started shipping TotalView 4.0, the first parallel debugger to support multiple development platforms for both traditional UNIX and Linux.

The significant enhancements in TotalView 4.0 include support for new compilers including SunPro 5.0 and Guide OpenMP cross-platform compilers on the IBM, SGI, Compaq, and Intel Linux platforms, new platform versions including the IBM AIX 4.3 PowerPC, and Linux on both Intel and Alpha platforms, and a number of performance and functionality enhancements. TotalView 4.0 also supports 64-bit IBM AIX applications with the ability to debug both 32- and 64-bit programs in a single session.

Etnus is also introducing a one-user, one-processor license option. Previously TotalView was only available with license options for two or more processors. This new entry-level license option is the result of direct customer feedback indicating that TotalView is excellent for single process debugging in addition to its multiprocessor capabilities. TotalView licenses now start at $750. Etnus supports developers and major system vendors by providing multiprocessor, multi-node debugging and performance analysis tools. For more information, contact:

Microsoft Interix 2.2 Brings UNIX System Capabilities to Windows 2000

Microsoft Corp. has released Interix 2.2, a complete environment that enables customers to run UNIX applications and scripts on the Microsoft Windows NT and Windows 2000 operating systems without rewriting code. Interix 2.2 is the first version available for Windows 2000 and a key component of Microsoft's interoperability and application migration strategy for providing interoperability between Windows-based and UNIX systems. Interix 2.2 allows users to take advantage of the Windows NT platform, including manageability and access to Windows-based applications while leveraging existing UNIX applications.

It allows users with UNIX environments to take advantage of the Windows environment without having to rewrite critical applications. Additionally, users can use the Windows-based application development environment to develop native Win32 API-based applications. Interix 2.2 provides over 300 utilities and tools and is fully integrated with the Windows desktop, security model, and file system. Interix 2.2 is a native subsystem to Windows, providing the highest performance for running UNIX applications. The Interix 2.2 Software Development Kit, which is included with Interix 2.2, supports over 1,900 UNIX APIs and helps ease migration of existing UNIX applications to the Interix environment.

Microsoft Interix 2.2 supports Windows NT 4.0 Workstation and Server, Windows 2000 Professional, Server and Advanced Server, and is available for an estimated retail price of $99.95. Licensed users of previous versions of Interix will be able to download a free upgrade to Microsoft Interix 2.2 from For more information, contact: .

InterAccess Unveils Web Platinum for Hosting High Traffic Sites

InterAccess has announced the enhancement of its Web Platinum Web hosting service. This new Web Platinum hosting service provides a large variety of customized server choices and three operating system platforms to provide customers more flexibility in administering their Web sites. InterAccess Managed Service option monitors the hardware, operating systems, and facilities, and monitors the Web sites from high traffic demands. The Web Platinum Unmanaged Service places the controls, but not the expenditure, in the customers' hands. Customers who opt for the Managed Service also receive assistance with software installation and configuration, server efficiency, database set-up, security, and troubleshooting.

Features of the Unmanaged Service option include: choice of server and operating system software, hardware and operating systems monitoring, specialized Windows NT and UNIX trained network technicians, multiple, redundant backbone Internet connectivity, load balancing for traffic flow and efficiency, uninterruptible power supplies, firewall and security administration, and 24x7 server. For more information, contact InterAccess Sales at: (312) 496-4400; Internet:; WWW: