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New Products

Plesk, Inc. Launches Web Tool for Server Management

Plesk, Inc. has announced Plesk Server Administrator v1.2, a Web-based server management tool. With Plesk Server Administrator, both administrators and clients can use the same graphical interface to manage servers with multiple domains. Plesk Server Administrator enables users to perform remote tasks, including:

• create users, domains, protected directories, and mail accounts
• set up IP and name-based virtual hosting
• support MS FrontPage extensions, ftp, MySQL, PHP, and SSL
• view user and system statistics

Plesk Server administrator also supports automated upload and activation of SLL certificates. Plesk Server Administrator v1.2 is available for UNIX/Linux-based platforms including Solaris, FreeBSD, Red Hat, BSDI, and Slackware. For more information, contact: Plesk, Inc., 4451 Brookfield Corporate Drive #205, Chantilly, VA 20151; (703) 815-5675; Fax: (703) 815-5675; WWW:

JSB Announces Multiview Catalyst

JSB Corporation has announced Multiview Catalyst, software for connecting character-based UNIX applications to the Web. Multiview Catalyst provides a comprehensive set of tools supporting Web-to-host connectivity that were specifically designed for UNIX applications.

Multiview Catalyst provides a Web-like user interface for setup and administration. “Face-lifting technology” using a Rules Agent can transform an entire application or operate one page at a time. Multiview Catalyst's connectivity engine resides on an NT server, offloading those operations. ActiveX and Java applets provide an open and flexible architecture. Centralized installation, security, and management simplify operations.

Multiview Catalyst is priced for ten concurrent users at $229.50 per user. There is no charge for the host software on the server. All JSB customers receive one year of free priority line support and free maintenance upgrades, plus 50 percent discounts on standard list prices for all future major releases. For more information, contact: JSB Corporation, 100 Enterprise Way, Suite A110, Scotts Valley, CA 95066; (800) 572-8649; Fax: (831) 431-1800; WWW:

SOT Announces Best Linux 2000

SOT, Linux publisher from Finland, has announced Best Linux 2000, their first English version of Linux. The Best Linux 2000 boxed set includes lifetime technical support and a free update service. Customers are shipped the latest installation CD to guarantee their Best Linux is always up to date. A boxed set also includes a 400 page manual, an installation CD, a source code CD, a software library CD, and a Linux games CD provide an easy way for users to set up a complete Linux system. For more information, contact: SOT, +358-3-316 5544; WWW:

The Focus Array Announces Vision for Apache

Vision for Apache (VFA) is a 100% Java graphical user interface for the Apache HTTP server, which includes online support and updates. VFA targets Apache server administrators and users who would like to learn about Apache server configuration. It is free for non-commercial use, but such use won't include support and updates. Commercial use is priced at (Pounds) 99 for each physical server VFA is used on. Commercial use includes 12 months online support and updates.

The initial VFA download is the core application that supports all Apache 1.3.11 commands plus mod_ssl (2.5.0) and apache_ssl (1.38) Secure Socket Layer modules. Features include:

• a performance monitor that manipulates Apache's ab benchmarking program (UNIX only)
• a user and group authentication file generation and editing tool
• a transaction log to record directive changes
• a display of Apache server processes (UNIX only)
• server control: start, restart, and stop
• configuration file syntax checking
• instructions for remote configuration view X11 (UNIX only)
• display of modules in use
• context-specific interaction with Apache documentation
• configuration of access files
• display of configuration structure
• enforcement of directive rules and restrictions
• cross-platform (NT and UNIX) operation

For more information, contact: The Focus Array, WWW:

Lone Star and Cactus Announce System Crash AIR-BAG for Linux

Lone Star Software Corp. and Cactus International Inc. have announced System Crash AIR-BAG for Linux. The companies have been providing backup and crash-recovery solutions along with 24/7 technical support for over 15 years.

The Linux AIR-BAG allows an administrator to have full crash recovery of a Linux system. If system hard drives crash, the system can be restored without a reload of the operating system. AIR-BAG records and automatically rebuilds the previous hard drive configuration. The system provides:

• fully automated restore
• recovering using live system backups rather than image backups
• operation similar to SCO AIR-BAG
• recovery from a two-volume boot diskette set
• recovery of the root and add-on disks

The current release supports Red Hat Linux v5.2 and greater. Plans call for future releases supporting other versions of Linux. For more information, contact: WWW:; FTP:; DEMO:

NTI Introduces KEEMUX-P2U KVM Switch

Network Technologies Inc. has introduced its KEEMUX-P2U Universal KVM Switch. The KEEMUX-P2U controls any two CPUs equipped with USB ports, PS/2 legacy keyboard and mouse ports, or both, with just one monitor, PS/2 keyboard and mouse. CPU selection can be controlled from a front-panel selector, by remote, or by typed commands from the attached keyboard. Since the USB connection is a high-speed connection, the KEEMUX-P2U lets USB users minimize the USB bandwidth necessary to control the keyboard and mouse.

The KEEMUX-P2U KVM Switch requires no special tools or software for immediate operation and supports high-resolution video up to 1900 x 1200. The KEEMUX-P2U KVM switch is priced at $355. Responsive customer service and technical support is available to assist in product selection and use questions. For more information, contact: Network Technologies Inc., 1275 Danner Dr., Aurora, OH 44303-8054; (800) 742-8324 or (330) 562-7070; Fax: (330) 562-1999; Internet:; WWW:

Alteon WebSystems Unveils Virtual Matrix Architecture Software

Alteon WebSystems unveiled its Virtual Matrix Architecture (VMA) software that will improve download speeds by increasing a Web switch's capacity. VMA enhances a switch's session rate performance and session capacity by allowing a switch's distributed processing power and memory to be accessed by any port as needed.

Alteon's Web switches incorporate distributed network processors into the switch fabric. For each port, the switches rely on a single network processing application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). These processors have dual RISC cores and a Layer 2 traffic-forwarding engine. The VMA software effectively separates Layer 2 capabilities from higher layer processing. This results in Layer 3 to 7 processing for forwarding to one of 18 accessible processors on the switch, based on the destination IP address or traffic source. Essentially, the VMA software accesses a switch's entire capacity by accessing memory and processing power that was previously bound to individual ports.

The VMA software is in beta testing and should be available by spring 2000 as a free upgrade for existing Alteon Web switches. For more information, contact: Alteon, 50 Great Oaks Blvd., San Jose, CA 95119; (408) 360-5500; Fax: (408) 360-5501; WWW:

Level 8 Offers Geneva XIPC for Linux

Level 8 Systems, Inc. has begun offering Geneva XIPC for Linux, a message-oriented middleware software product designed for Linux. Red Hat, Inc. will include a demonstration version of Geneva XIPC on the next release of the Red Hat Linux Application Library CD. Geneva XIPC for Linux is a tool for the development of multi-tasking and distributed applications. Geneva XIPC produces real-time message queuing, synchronization semaphores, and shared memory (all of which are network transparent). Geneva XIPC lets the developer conceptualize the programming environment as a virtual multi-tasking environment where processes communicate and interact with each other using a single high-level programming model, independent of the physical location of the processes.

Geneva XIPC lets developers write distributed cross-platform applications by supporting interoperability between Linux applications and applications that run on non-Linux platforms, such as Windows, Solaris, and HP-UX. Additionally, Level 8 has signed an agreement to join the Red Hat's ISV Partners Program.

Geneva XIPC supports the following platforms: Linux, Microsoft Windows, Sun Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX, Digital UNIX, DG UX, SCO-UNIC, and SunOS. For more information about Geneva XIPC, contact: Level 8 Systems, Inc. Corporate Headquarters, 8000 Regency Pkwy, Cary, NC 27511; (800) 499-7337; (919) 380-5000 Fax: (919) 380-5447; WWW:

NewMonics Announces Linux Support

NewMonics, Inc. has announced that its Embedded PERC 2.2 supports the Linux operating system. PERC 2.2 builds on the PERC 2.1 software, supporting the PERC Java-compliant virtual machine, compilers, tools, and libraries. The Embedded PERC 2.2 product line includes a set of development and integration tools for Java application development. These tools include the ROMizer static linking tool, the PERCH native method integration tool, the QuickPERC just-in-time and flash compiler, the Embedded Toolkit component library, and PERC 2.2 libraries. PERC software also supports Intel's VTune Performance Analyzer for profiling Java programs running on Intel processors.

In addition to Linux, PERC 2.2 supports Wind River's VxWorks, ISI's pSOSystem, Microsoft's Windows NT, Phar Lap's ETS, and VentruCom's RTX. PERC 2.2 also supports Intel's Pentium and Celeron processors and Motorola's PowerPC family. Embedded PERC 2.2 is available for licensing. For pricing and other information, contact: NewMonics, Inc., (630) 577-1590; WWW:

TSTI Launches COMPstation U4MP

Tatung Science & Technology, Inc. has launched the COMPstation U4MP Series Model 4450, a high-end server that supports four 450-MHz UltraSPARC-II processors and 4 Gb of memory. Equipped with 4 Mb of external cache per processor, the COMPstation 4450 comes pre-installed with Solaris 7, which includes an enhanced Common Desktop Environment. Additionally, customers can maintain full binary compatibility with the application software they now use with their existing SPARC systems.

The COMPstation 4450 features flexible configuration options and components and peripherals can be customized based on user requirements. Standard configuration includes the four UltraSPARC-II processors, one GB of RAM, and 9 GB of hard disk storage. Other standard features include dual Ultra-Wide SCSI channels, two serial ports, one parallel port, and a 10/100 BaseT Ethernet interface.

The COMPstation 4450 is available in both rack mount and tower configurations. The rack mount model, COMPstation 4450R, features a compact chassis design that fits into existing ISP server banks. The 4450R supports two 66-MHz, 64-bit PCI devices, and four 33-MHz, 64-bit PCI devices. The 4450R includes up to eight drive bays suitable for 5 1/4 slots and a 3 1/2 slot. Options for the 4450R include 4 GB of RAM, 280 GB of hard disk storage, ATM connectivity, and Ultra-Wide SCSI. The tower cabinet model can support 14 or more drive bays and includes redundant power supplies and four wheels for mobility.

Pricing for the rack mount COMPstation 4450R starts at $32,530. For pricing on the tower cabinet model or other information, contact: Tatung Science & Technology, Inc., 1840 McCarthy Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035; (800) 659-5902 or (408) 383-0998; Fax: (408) 383-0886; Internet:; WWW:

Maxspeed Announces +One Station

Maxspeed Corporation has announced +One Station, a device that lets the home user or small business add individual workstations, each simultaneously sharing programs and devices stored on the host Linux PC. By using +One Station, coworkers can use software installed on the Linux PC from their own desktop. According to the company, programs (including office applications, Power Point Word documents, etc.) may be shared at the same time. The +One Station connects to the host Linux PC over distances of up to 50 feet using standard category five cable. +One Station supports 3D graphics and resolution up to 1280 X 1024.

+One Station currently supports Red Hat Linux. Support for other major Linux distributions, including Turbo Linux, Caldera, and SuSE, is planned. +One Station is priced at $149. For more information, contact: Maxspeed Corporation, 3788 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303; (650) 856-8818 or (800) 877-7998; Fax: (650) 856-8838; WWW:

AMS Announces DakotaRAID

Advanced Media Services, Inc. has announced DakotaRAID, a workgroup class NAS appliance designed and optimized for serving files in heterogeneous network environments. Equipped with a 10/100 Fast Ethernet interface, DakotaRAID attaches directly to the network and provides UNIX, Netware, Windows, ftp, and Web clients access to server-independent storage resources. DakotaRAID is designed to separate storage resources from network and applications servers. DakotaRAID attaches to the LAN and transfers data to clients over TCP/IP or IPX network protocols using standard file-sharing protocols.

DakotaRAID includes an embedded operating system, RAID levels 1 and 5, redundant, hot-swappable power supplies and fans, and Web-based backup tools that are embedded in flash memory. DakotaRAID supports Wide Ultra SCSI and Ultra ATA disk drives and support for an integrated or externally-attached tape drive. For pricing and other information about DakotaRAID, contact: Advance Media Services, Inc., 10 Upton Dr., Wilmington, MA 01887; (800) 466-0813; WWW:

Intuitive Systems Adds Solaris Support to Optimizeit 3.1 Professional

Intuitive Systems is shipping its Optimizeit 3.1 Professional Java performance-profiling tool for Solaris. Optimizeit 3.1 Professional offers a Java-based language-profiling tool that developers can use to test Java applets, applications, servlets, and JavaBeans. Optimizeit 3.1 can now:

• profile application server environments to monitor performance problems in Java applications
• integrate with IBM's VisualAge 2 IDE
• display performance-related data as a graph
• allow developers to filter out resources used by specific classes, packages, or methods
• supply integration wizards for connecting Optimizeit to Web servers
• offer profiling tools that include memory leak debugging, real-time monitoring of object allocations, and CPU profiling

Optimizeit 3.1 Professional is priced at $449. For more information, contact: Intuitive Systems, Inc., 21040 Homestead Rd., Suite 203, Cupertino, CA 95014; (408) 245-8540; Fax: (408) 245-8541; WWW:
TimeSys Introduces TimeSys Linux/RT

TimeSys Corporation has introduced TimeSys Linux/RT, a real-time version of Linux. With TimeSys Linux, if a single real-time process creases, the rest of the processes (as well as the kernel) will still run. Additionally, TimeSys Linux/RT incorporates a layer called RTAI (Real-Time Applications Interface), which, according to the company, furnishes high performance and small system footprint characteristics.

TimeSys Linux/RT supports the x86 and PowerPC platforms. The TimeSys Linux/RT is free via the Internet and on CDROM for a nominal fee. TimeSys will release code modifications and enhancements to the open source community. For more information, contact: TimeSys Corporation, 4516 Henry Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213; (888) 432-TIME; Fax: (412) 681-5522 WWW:

Sangoma Upgrades WANPIPE

Sangoma upgraded WANPIPE for FreeBSD and WANPIPE for Linux. WANPIPE Version 1.1.0 for FreeBSD Version 3.1 supports the S508 and the new S514 PCI cards, including the integrated DSU/CSU/FT1 versions. WANPIPE 1.1.0 also supports Cisco HDLC, Frame Relay, and PPP. With WANPIPE 1.1.0, the kernel does not need to be recompiled each time the protocol type is changed. The users just stop all routers, reboot the machines, run the configuration program to edit the corresponding router configuration file, and start the routers again. WANPIPE 1.1.0 also supports two modes: WANPIPE for routing, and a user API for transparent user data transfer. Other features of WANPIPE 1.1.0 include an installation script, a full screen-based configuration utility, and on-the-fly interface changes.

WANPIPE version 2.1.0 and 2.1.1 for Linux also support S514 PCI cards, Cisco HDLC, Frame Relay, and PPP. WANPIPE version 2.1.0 and 2.1.1 for Linux also include a startup script for starting and stopping each WANPIPE device separately, support for both 2.0.x and 2.2.x kernels, and SMP support. Additionally, a “piggybacking” concept has been introduced into CHDLC drives. This sets up the primary and the secondary ports of the S508 and S514 cards so that each port looks like a separate device. WANPIPE version 2.10 and 2.1.1 for Linux also contain patches for both the 2.0x and 2.2.x kernels. The setup program detects which kernel is being patched and will use the correct patch accordingly. For pricing and other information about WANPIPE Version 1.1.0 for FreeBSD Version 3.1+ and WANPIPE Version 2.1.0 and 2.1.1 for Linux, contact: Sangoma, 1001 Denison Street, Suite 101, Markham, ON L3R 2Z6, Canada; (905) 474-1990; Fax: (905) 474-9223; WWW: