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- stereoscopic 3D viewing peripheral
Company: StereoGraphics (San Rafael, CA)
Telephone: (800) 783-2660
Platforms: Unix servers, Windows NT workstations
Description: Allows professionals dealing with large multi-dimensional data sets to visualize images more naturally and make a faster and more accurate analysis. Many common software applications used in mechanical CAD, molecular modeling, GIS/mapping and medical imaging support StereoGraphics' CrystalEyes.
Product: Elite3D and Creator3D - Graphics Options for Sun Workstations (starting at $12,495)
Elite3D technology is available in two models: the m3, featuring three dedicated geometry engines, and the m6, featuring six geometry engines. Sun Ultra workstations with dual UPA slots can support any combination of Elite3D m6, Elite3D m3 and Creator3D graphics boards.
Creator3D graphics are ideal for users requiring high-performance windowing, 2D and low-cost 3D graphics, integrated imaging and video playback. The Creator3D graphics enhancements include support for hardware acceleration of OpenGL stencil functions, up to four 8-bit color maps to reduce color map flashing, and adjustable gamma correction for enhanced visual quality. The new Creator3D graphics technology is fully compatible with previous generations of Creator graphics and is available in Sun's new Ultra 60 and Ultra 10 workstations.
Product: JETSTREAM 8500 - connects remote clients ($1495 for 8 serial ports)
Product: WaveSwitch 9200 - gigabit backbone switch (none)
The combination provides a migration path to higher server network bandwidth while protecting network investments. Any combination of the four ports on a Sun Quad FastEthernet NIC can be trunked together to form a single high-speed logical link with multiple physical cables to a Plaintree WaveSwitch 9200. Server-to-network bandwidth of up to 400 Mbps full duplex (800 Mbps) is achievable in increments of 100 Mbps.
- ATM Test System controller software
(contact vendor for price)
Company: Adtech Inc. (Honolulu, HI)
Telephone: (800) 348-0080 or (808) 734-3300
Platforms: HP Unix 10.2, SUN OS 5.5, Solaris 2.5
Description: Unix version of AX/4000 ATM Test System controller software. Common user interfaces eliminate the need to train on two different platforms. System setup files and data capture file formats are identical, so switching between the two operating systems is seamless and transparent. An engineer can begin a test using a workstation in the lab and continue at home using a notebook PC connected to the AX/4000 via remote access software. Also available is a C Function library that allows engineers to create their own AX/4000 applications in C or TCL on any ANSI C compatible platform.
Product: Adaptive Server IQ 11.5 - relational database management system ($25,000)
Product: Enroute Eclipse V.2.3 - scalable IP/Internet Backbone fax server (contact vendor for price)
Product: IntraPower Suite 2.5 - out-of-the-box directory-based Intranet application ($20/user)
Includes three applications essential to employee productivity: the Employee Directory, which allows an enterprise to publish and manage employee information; the Group Manager, which enables team leaders to setup shared workspaces for document sharing and collaboration; and the Shared-Resource Scheduler, which allows anyone to easily locate and reserve the right corporate resources. IntraPower Suite also features an extensive, Web- based Administration Console to configure and manage the entire set of applications.
Product: KeyView HTML Export - API converts various file types into HTML (contact vendor for price)
Product: M.I.S. Print version 4.0 - transforms Xerox and line printer data streams to PostScript and PDF (contact vendor for price)
Product: PLATINUM AutoAnswer - help desk and call center solution (contact vendor for price)
Product: QuickStart MediaMart - manages high-volumes of multimedia data ($49,995)
- developmental tool set for enhanced interoperability
($1195 single-user license)
Company: Rogue Wave Software (Corvallis OR)
Telephone: (541) 757-8077
Platforms: WinNT, Win95, Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, and Irix
Description: Provides more than 130 C++ building blocks for developing applications using a mix of languages. Includes tools for Java and C++. Solves the programming challenges of developing cross-platform applications.
HTML FOR FUN AND PROFIT
- How to build Web pages
Author: Mary E. S. Morris and John E. Simpson
Company: SUN MICROSYSTEMS PRESS BOOKS (Palo Alto, CA)
Telephone: (650) 786-4706
Fax: (650) 786-8611
Platforms: Web browsers
- Java Web site builder
(Coda 2.0 $199; Coda 2.0 Pro $799)
Company: RandomNoise, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)
Telephone: (650) 786-3411
Platforms: PC, Macintosh, and Solaris
Description: Precision layout and control of objects. Component architecture that allows Coda to be completely extensible. An object-oriented approach to Web page design. Support for object interactivity and communication. True WYSIWYG output on any Java-compatible Web browser.
Product: DataDirect SequeLink Java Edition - Middleware (contact vendor for price)
SequeLink Java Edition provides scalable connectivity from multivendor client, server and Web environments to industry-leading relational and mainframe databases. Built on DataDirect SequeLink core technology, SequeLink Java Edition is optimized and tuned for the Java environment, extending the functionality and performance of existing systems and easily incorporating new technologies.Product: JDesignerPro 2.5 - Java RAD tool ($695)
BulletProof has added features in the application builder, the Deployment Manager and on the server. These new features improve ease of use and speed across the development tool and during client-side execution.
Includes a new Java server system called FastSockets. JAGGServer, BulletProof's application server and integral part of the development and deployment processes, now uses this technology extensively. FastSockets is a new method for handling client requests and application delivery that dramatically improves performance. It does this with intelligent monitoring of client connections to JAGGServer and optimization of the use of those sockets. FastSockets is a seamless implementation that requires no coding by the developer and works across standard Intranets and the Web.
Product: Java Dynamic Management Kit - Builds Component-Based, Self-Managed Networks ($5,995)
The Kit provides a `component-based` approach to network management and includes a library of core management services that are implemented as JavaBeans for Management. Since the product is compliant with the JavaBeans Component Specification, System administrators can quickly and easily develop additional `beans` using the Java Dynamic Management Kit builder and leveraging bean-based development products like Sun's Java Workshop. These beans can now be automatically distributed throughout the network via advanced `push/pull` mechanisms, making developers' and system administrators' jobs easier and more productive.Product: Solstice Enterprise Manager 2.1 Java Supplement - Java APIs for development of custom network management applications (contact vendor for price)
Product: TargetLink - Software/Data distribution tool (contact vendor for price)
Java-based, enterprise-level software and data distribution package for moving and managing content to networked clients using the Internet. It adapts Sun Microsystem's RMI, a pure Java implementation of TCP/IP network transport layer, to control and manage client/server communication. Its agent technology creates 2-way links between sender and recipients. BeyondPush delivers the enterprise-level control and management capabilities that are not possible in traditional Push or broadcast models.Product: Tengah - Java Application Server (starting at $1,995)
With Tengah, Java applications can be partitioned using powerful Java-native mechanisms like JavaBeans, Remote Method Invocation (RMI), and distributed events. Tengah is pure Java and compatible with leading Java Integrated Development Environments (IDEs). Tengah includes WebLogic's database integration solution for Java based on JDBC.Product: jEVENTS 1.0 - CORBA Event Service Specification (contact vendor for price)
Big Brother Version 1.06
- Web-based System & Network monitor
(free for non-commercial use)
Company: Sean MacGuire (Quebec, Canada)
Telephone: (514) 982-9688
Description: Monitors multiple Unix systems, network connectivity, disk space, processes, load averages, and servers. Completely configurable supports paging, and displays all this information on a Web page. Ideal as a high-level system watcher, an SNMP tool watcher (make sure that expensive system still works), or even as an upper-management pacifier, since it not only looks cool, but even the least techinical human can understand the basic "green is good / red is bad" philosophy that BB employs.
Product: Commercial Adapter Development Kit - Integration kit for ActiveWeb users (contact vendor for price)
Active Software provides off-the-shelf adapters for databases, packaged and custom applications, mainframe resources, languages and the Web. The Commercial ADK allows developers to integrate an ever-increasing number of computing resources into the ActiveWeb system. It streamlines adapter development by implementing features common to all adapters. A developer using the ADK focuses on the resource being adapted, while ADK code handles the integration with ActiveWeb. With Active Software's expertise built-in, adapter creation is quick and easy and the result is an adapter that automatically conforms to the Active Software's Adapter Protocol. This enables adapter monitoring and control via the ActiveWeb management tools.
Product: DocuShare 1.5 - posting, sharing and managing information across corporate intranets (starts at $695)
Product: PowerDynamo - Web Application Server ($4,999 per server for Sun Solaris)
Product: Resonate Dispatch - IntelliFlow Architecture (starting at $4,000)
Product: ScanMail 1.5 for Lotus Notes - server-based virus protection for Lotus Notes ($835)
Product: Xni V2.1 - Network Analysis ($4995.00)
Xni has the ability to record all of this information for future review and analysis. Allows you to configure the program to respond to any specified event -- providing a visual or audible alarm, writing to a log file or executing a Unix command. (This might include paging the SysAdmin, running a script to modify network behavior or notifying remote users.)
Xni also includes powerful security features. It can easily detect and alert IS personnel to the presence of unauthorized users, as well as unauthorized contacts and network uses.
Xni can be easily configured to meet your analysis needs. It allows the grouping of hosts to identify network usage by department, workgroup, employee category, etc. It also permits the configuration of protocol usage categories.
- data mining software
Company: Thinking Machines Corporation (Burlington, MA)
Telephone: (781) 238-3417
Platforms: Sun Solaris, HP UX, IBM AIX
Description: A parallel, scalable data mining tool. Enables businesses to analyze large databases, discover new patterns, extract hidden information, and understand and predict future trends. Predictive technology allows companies to design customer-focused business strategies and increase the effectiveness of marketing programs. Client/server architecture allows users to mine large amounts of customer data. Data Mining Wizards walk users through the process, using improved algorithms, and the ability to import SAS files. Product can run on single or multiple CPU servers and take advantage of parallel (SMP and MPP) computing techniques. Also new is the ability to create graphs using Microsoft Excel, and a workflow feature that visually documents the data mining process. Macros can be recorded through a scripting facility.
BoKS Manager 4.4
- Unix host security and secure single sign-on solution
(contact vendor for price)
Company: Security Dynamics Technologies, Inc. (Bedford, MA)
Telephone: (781) 687-7514
Platforms: Solaris, HP-UX and AIX
Description: Allows administrators, authenticated by SecurID tokens, to secure networked Unix servers and workstations. Combined with new versions of BoKS Desktop and BoKS Connect, BoKS Manager 4.4 also enables security managers to implement secure single sign-on for user access to a wide range of databases and applications. It counters Unix weaknesses by providing network-based authentication, access control, system monitoring and audit for a network of Unix workstations and servers. In addition, it provides auditing features that allow administrators to monitor user activity, alerting them to possible security violations and maintaining a protected record of all access. These security features are key for certain regulated industries, such as banking and telecommunications, where Unix host security is a key element of required security audits.
- Universal Serial Bus (USB) Transaction Analyzer
Company: Sand Microelectronics (Santa Clara, CA)
Telephone: (408) 235-8600
Fax: (408) 235-8601
Platforms: Sun and HP Unix
Description: UTA is the first design tool for USB simulation data analysis. UTA reduces design time and improves quality by helping designers detect errors early in their design cycle. UTA makes USB simulation data more meaningful, and makes it easier to analyze USB transactions. It detects USB protocol violations, and provides an environment for debugging and regression testing.
- desktop support program
Company: Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Palo Alto CA)
Telephone: (408) 276-0184
Platforms: Sun Ultra5 network computers
Description: Cost-effective, flexible support program for entire computing environment from servers to workstations. Support plan includes on-site response, central maintenance, and software technical support. Users enjoy simple administration of service plus the ability to add new systems to existing contract.
Solaris 2.6 Training
- System Administration Courses
Company: Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Mountain View, CA)
Description: Sun Educational Services has updated the curriculum of our two most popular System Administration Courses to reflect the latest features and changes of Solaris 2.6: Solaris 2.X System Administration I (SA-235) is a redesigned version of Solaris 2.X System Administration Essentials (SA-135). Three days of course content covering basic Unix commands have been replaced with three days of system administration-level content, providing 5 full days of system administration training.
This course has also been updated to reflect the changes in the Solaris 2.6 operating environment. Solaris 2.X System Administration II (SA-286) is an updated version of Solaris 2.X System Administration (SA-285) and reflects the changes in the Solaris 2.6 operating environment. This course also contains 60% new material not previously covered in SA-285.
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Last updated: 1 April 1998