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Product: CPC370PQ T1/E1 Primary Rate WAN - CompactPCI boards for WAN/telecommunications ($1,295/CPC334 WAN, $2,295/CPC370PQ T1/E1)
Company: Performance Technologies, Inc. (Rochester, NY)
Telephone: (716) 256-0200
Fax: (716) 256-0791
E-mail: info@pt.com
URL: http://www.pt.com
Platforms: PCI: Solaris, Windows NT, VxWorks
Description: New family of comprehensive CompactPCI boards designed specifically with enhanced features for WAN and telecommunications applications. PTI has added both front and rear I/O connectivity, higher capacity FLASH and increased DRAM capacity to its quad-port WAN adapter and T1/E1 adapter to maximize application performance and flexibility. These CompactPCI boards are designed for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), integrators and end users requiring high-performance wide-area-network (WAN) connectivity.

The CPC370PQ T1/E1 Primary Rate WAN Communications Controller offers a two- port T1/E1 serial communications interface. This adapter is ideal for Frame Relay, ISDN or SS7 connections to telco switches, remote access servers and multiplexers or workgroup switches.

The CPC334 Intelligent Synchronous Communications Adapter provides four high-performance channels capable of interfacing with T1 routers, DSU/CSUs, Frame Relay access devices, high-speed modems or other high-speed communication devices.

Product: EV-200 RAID System - Network RAID Storage Solution (contact vendor for price)
Company: MegaDrive Systems Inc. (CHATSWORTH, CA)
Telephone: (818) 700-7676
Fax: (818) 700-7601
E-mail: sales@megadrive.com
URL: http://www.megadrive.com
Platforms: IRIX, MacOS, Windows NT, Solaris
Description: Combines an industry-leading architecture with fault-tolerant, hardware-based RAID for maximum data integrity and availability. Features such as redundant and hot-swappable components, global hot-spare support, automatic monitoring and event notification ensure continuous, uninterrupted access to mission-critical data.

Permits any set of drives to be selected and identified as a "group" of drives, and each individual group of drives can be configured as a single LUN or as multiple LUNs and assigned its own RAID level. Supports multiple RAID and LUN (Logical UNit) configurations and includes simultaneous support for RAID levels 0, 1, 0+1, 3 and 5. The EV-200 permits any set of drives to be selected and identified as a "group" of drives, and each individual group of drives can be configured as a single LUN or as multiple LUNs and assigned its own RAID level.

Product: M500 - 500 disk capacity MO jukebox (contact vendor for price)
Company: Plasmon Data Limited (Eden Prairie, MN)
Telephone: (612) 946-4100
Fax: (612) 946-4141
E-mail: sales@plasmon.com
URL: http://www.plasmon.com
Platforms: Novell, Windows NT, Solaris, and AIX
Description: 500 disk capacity MO jukebox with access and storage of up to 1.3 terabytes of data on six 2.6 gigabyte MO drives. The increased capacity of the new jukebox makes it ideal for applications in the data warehousing sector as well as medical, imaging and high content archives. The M500 increases the M-Series family of multifunction high performance optical jukeboxes to a total of seven models offering jukebox storage from 52 gigabytes up to 1.3 terabytes.

Minimises I/O conflict and provides multiple users with faster access to multiple disks. Features advanced direct-drive robotics and rugged dual picker assemblies. Regardless of where media is stored in the jukebox, the high-performance robotic picker system delivers the requested disk to the optical drive in approximately one and a half seconds, then performs an exchange operation without additional movements to cartridge storage slots. The M500 has been designed with a convenient mechanised import/export slot on the front panel for fast and efficient on-line loading. Other advantages are improved client/server and PC network interfaces and maintenance-free operation. The entire M-Series family is fully optimised to take full advantage of 5.2GB media and drives mid 98.


Product: FileHaven Release 1.3.2 - FileHaven Archival/Recovery (contact vendor for price)
Company: Intessera Technologies Group (Greenwood Village, CO)
Telephone: (303) 712-8766
E-mail: sales@intessera.com
URL: http://www.intessera.com
Platforms: server: Solaris, Windows NT; client: PC, Mac, Browser
Description: Protect valuable desktop and laptop computer information with a simple "drag and drop" interface. By archiving information from the desktop to FileHaven server locations, a business can be confident their information is readily available. Scheduled batch archiving may be performed nightly, or users may perform archival functions from their own computer to FileHaven server.

Every packet of information is encrypted and decrypted, including requests and logins, using Secure RPC (Remote Procedure Call). FileHaven's browser interface utilizes Secure Socket Layer (SSL) communications. Users are now able to review the amount of storage space they have available on the FileHaven server. System Administrators can control storage usage at the individual user level.

Product: Firefly Catalog Navigator 3.1 - advanced personalization software (contact vendor for price)
Company: Firefly Network, Inc. (Cambridge MA)
Telephone: (800) 464-4724, (415) 399-1945
Fax: (415) 399-9215
E-mail: info@firefly.net
URL: http://www.firefly.net
Platforms: Solaris, Netscape Enterprise Server, Oracle databases
Description: Deploys advanced personal relationship management apps. Learn more about customers and offer them personalized services while protecting their privacy. Increase sales through personalized product recommendations, improve customer service, and build brand loyalty. Leverages and extends the relationship management capabilities of Firefly Passport Office 3.0 by capturing and adding preference information about a business' products or services to each customer's personal profile.

Allows a business to manage and leverage people's explicit and inferred opinions about its products and services in order to provide each customer with a personalized service. Using Advanced Collaborative Filtering technology, businesses can compare the profiles of individual users with those of like- minded customers to predict their interests and find affinity groups. These capabilities enable businesses to increase sales through personalized product recommendations, build strong communities around their brand, and continually improve customer service by learning more about each customer every time they visit the site.

Product: GEAR Unix 3.5 - CD-Recordable - pre-mastering and recording ($1,799)
Company: Elektroson, Inc. (Campbell, CA)
Telephone: (408) 371-4800
Fax: (408) 371-4895
E-mail: sales@elektroson.com
URL: http://www.elektroson.com
Platforms: HP-UX, SunOS, Solaris (SPARC & x86), IRIX, Digital Unix, AIX
Description: Allows users to easily and cost effectively store text, large data sets, software, databases, audio/video files and back-up information on compact disc with full control over the formatting and mastering processes.

Provides the industry's fastest virtual formatting speeds and includes support of the universal standard RockRidge. RockRidge enables users to read files off the written disc on any other Unix system exactly as they appeared on the original workstation, with file permissions and ownership intact. Also features full support for CD-Rewritable (RW) drives, enabling system administrators to take advantage of erasable optical storage technology at a cost effective price.

Product: Integral Risk Management Framework (RMF) - risk management technology (contact vendor for price)
Company: Integral Development Corp (Palo Alto, CA)
Telephone: (212) 269-3900
Fax: (212) 269-0400
E-mail: info@integral.com
URL: http://www.integral.com
Platforms: Windows NT 4.0 and Sun SPARCStations running Sun OS and Solaris
Description: Next-generation risk management system designed to handle data integration, high-performance transactions and state-of-the-art finance. Enables virtually any transaction processing system to deliver data to the RMF. Enables the RMF to handle the massive amounts of data associated with risk management analysis by representing complex instruments as simple objects.

The RMF Scenario Engine accepts industry standard data feeds for historical and market data to drive its full Monte Carlo simulations. Integral's unique set of configuration parameters provide the ability to control the number of scenarios, drift and arbitrage freeness in the scenario generation.

Product: MarketFirst 1.0 - intergrated marketing software (starting at $195,000 for a site server license)
Company: MarketFirst Software (Santa Clara, CA)
Telephone: (888) 658 3477, (408) 261-6950
Fax: 408-261-6955
E-mail: info@marketfirst.com
URL: http://www.marketfirst.com
Platforms: Solaris, Windows NT; Oracle, Microsoft SQL server
Description: Integrated software suite designed to improve marketing processes and enable companies to build a strategic knowledge base of marketing information. Automates an entire range of marketing processes, from program definition, through the design, test, execution, and evaluation stages.

Using MarketFirst, customers can increase program effectiveness, improve their customer and prospect interaction, enhance communication throughout the corporation, reduce costs, facilitate market segmentation, and greatly improve the return on marketing investment (ROM).

Product: NENDO - digital content creation ($99)
Company: Nichimen Graphics (Los Angeles, CA)
Telephone: 310-577-0500
Fax: 310-577-0577
E-mail: pk@nichimen.com
URL: http://www.nichimen.com
Platforms: Solaris, Windows NT, IRIX
Description: Designed for real-time and hi-fidelity digital content creation, Nendo empowers anyone, even the novice user, to immediately create digital content in a fast and efficient workflow that was previously only available on Nichimen's more elaborate and expensive modeling and paint package, Fast Track.

Enables artists and game developers to create real-time, hi-fidelity content -- both scenes and characters quickly and efficiently, while generating closed surface polygon models.

Product: TelAlert - notification product ($3,000)
Company: Telamon (Oakland, CA)
Telephone: (888) 835-2578, (510) 987-7700
Fax: (510) 987-7009
E-mail: info@telamon.com
URL: http://www.telamon.com
Platforms: Windows NT, AIX, AT&T GIS Unix, A/UX, Digital Unix, DYNIX/ptx, HP-UX, Linux, SCO Unix, Solaris, SunOS
Description: Supports remote response, acknowledgment and interaction, and is integrated with leading help desk and enterprise management products. Automates the process of notifying support personnel when problems occur on their systems, networks and applications. Supports responding to problems remotely using two-way pagers and simple touch-tone telephones.

Systems Management

Product: ESP Workload Manager Version 5 Release 1.0 - enterprise job scheduling and workload management (contact vendor for price)
Company: Cybermation Inc. (Ontario, Canada)
Telephone: (905) 479-4611
Fax: (905) 479-5474
E-mail: info@cybermation.com
URL: http://www.cybermation.com
Platforms: MVS, Windows NT, HP-UX, SunOS, Solaris, AIX, AS/400, Sequent, Pyramid DC-OSx, AT&T and OS/2
Description: New version contains major new functionality to automate the management of increasingly complex and high volume workloads, to help Cybermation's customers to achieve their enterprise automation goals.

Provides several significant enhancements. Highlights include critical path analysis to allow users to pro-actively adjust workload processing and to meet service level commitments; granular support for handling any non-zero condition code and user or system abends; large application support allowing definition and control of more than 8000 workload objects within any single ESP application; enhanced data set and file triggering capabilities; caching functionality which helps to reduce I/O and increases throughput; and event streaming which ensures that critical and time sensitive work completes successfully by allowing workload to be controlled by class as well as by priority.

Product: Enterprise Storage Management Architecture (ESMA) - snapshot copy, block level backup, and high availability failover (contact vendor for price)
Company: Legato Systems, Inc. (Palo Alto, CA)
Telephone: 650-812-6000
Fax: 650-812-6032
E-mail: info@legato.com
URL: http://www.legato.com
Platforms: Solaris, Windows NT
Description: Extension of legato's Enterprise Storage Management Architecture (ESMA).New features: snapshot copy, block level backup, and high availability failover. These new extensions will be added to Legato's NetWorker and Global Enterprise Management of Storage (G.E.M.S.) product lines, allowing customers to enhance Legato's centrally managed enterprise-wide data protection and disaster recovery software solutions.

Snapshot copy: eliminate the need for an offline backup by creating an instantaneous point-in-time copy of data while applications continue running and updating files. Customers will benefit by eliminating the need to take applications down prior to taking a backup, further improving application availability.

Block level backup: reduces network bandwidth requirements by backing up only the portions of a file that change. It also maximizes data throughput, and cuts the costs associated with the ownership and management of storage media. This complements the block level backup capability currently shipping with Legato's NetWorker BusinesSuite Modules for Oracle and Informix.

High availability failover: ensures that Legato's NetWorker backup servers are operational at all times. In the case of a backup server failure, this technology seamlessly initiates a failover to another server. This capability ensures enterprise storage management will occur in the face of network, hardware, or other catastrophic failures, therefore providing continuous enterprise-wide NetWorker storage management.

Product: SarCheck, version 3 - performance management tool ($500)
Company: Aurora Software Inc. (Plaistow NH)
Telephone: (603) 382-4200
Fax: (603) 382-4247
E-mail: 74013.1625@compuserve.com
URL: http://www.sarcheck.com
Platforms: HP-UX, SCO Unix 3.2, SCO OpenServer, Solaris 2.5+
Description: Designed to assist system administrators in the analysis of system 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.

Software Development

Product: AppCenter - application management tool (Contact vendor for price)
Company: Borland International, Inc. (Scotts Valley, CA)
Telephone: (408) 431-1064
E-mail: none
URL: http://www.borland.com/appcenter
Platforms: AIX, Solaris, HP-UX, Windows NT
Description: Enterprise application management tool that enables corporations to model, monitor and manage their distributed applications.

Allows corporate development and operations teams to deploy and manage large-scale, mission-critical applications with greater confidence avoiding potential service disruptions and performance bottlenecks. The product features a sophisticated Java-based user interface which provides the capabilities to create and configure new applications, as well as manage and monitor existing ones even remotely.

Product: BridgePoint 3.3 - object-oriented software development tool suite (starting at $7995)
Company: Project Technology, Inc. (San Leandro, CA)
Telephone: (800) 845-1489, (510) 567-0255
Fax: (510) 567-0250
E-mail: info@projtech.com
URL: http://www.projtech.com
Platforms: Solaris 2.5, Windows NT
Description: As creators of the Shlaer-Mellor Method, BridgePoint application development tool, model compilers, and ProjectStart model libraries, the company provides real-time industries with a complete set of products and services.

Enables users to create software systems by compiling object-oriented analysis models into executable source code. The new version offers significant performance improvements, such as a 200% improvement in code generation speed.

Release 3.3 supports an enhanced executable action language, providing better expressive power. Developers see a 20 to 30% reduction in the amount of action language they use to describe their application processing. In addition to reducing development time, model readability and maintainability improve.

Product: SilverStream 1.5 for the Solaris - integrated web development tools ($2,495 (for 5 developers), $4,995 (for 10), $495 (for 1))
Company: SilverStream Software, Inc. (Burlington, MA)
Telephone: (888) 823-9700, (781) 238-5400
Fax: (781) 238-5499
E-mail: info@silverstream.com
URL: http://www.silverstream.com
Platforms: Windows NT or Solaris
Description: The SilverStream Application Server's integrated Java and HTML development environment delivers unmatched developer productivity and the industry's most comprehensive Web functionality. Allows users to easily develop and deploy sophisticated, HTML and Java-based applications with broad data connectivity. Rich Web functionality allows for the integration of content management, dynamic publishing, communications, collaboration and agent-based push technology with traditional transaction processing applications.


Product: Nucleus JVi - JVM for Nucleus JVi ($90,000)
Company: Accelerated Technology, Inc. (Mobile, AL)
Telephone: (334) 661-5770
Fax: (334) 661-5788
E-mail: info@atinucleus.com
URL: http://www.atinucleus.com
Platforms: Java
Description: Load and execute standard Java apps seamlessly with non-Java apps while preserving a real-time system. Offers the real-time market a combination of Java and Embedded environment requirements.

This is a a JVM implemented by porting the Software Co-Processor for Java on Nucleus PLUS. Based on Sun Microsystems' JavaOS and NSI Com's Encapsulation technology, Nucleus JVi provides Nucleus PLUS Embedded devices with the capability of loading and executing standard Java applications, while coexisting with the non-Java ones in a seamless manner. NSI Com's Encapsulation technology enables to execute the Java application threads as a single task under the Nucleus PLUS kernel, in parallel to the Real Time tasks. The JVi, using NSI Com's Encapsulation technology, complies with all the Java specs, while fitting into the strict ATI Nucleus resource requirements regarding its Real Time operation.

Product: SiteMARC - enterprise site and traffic management ($14,995 for 2 servers)
Company: WebManage Technologies, Inc. (Nashua, NH)
Telephone: (603) 594-9226
Fax: (603) 594-9227
E-mail: info@webmanage.com
URL: http://www.webmanage.com
Platforms: Windows NT and Unix
Description: With this product, site administrators, Web site hosting companies and system integrators can build and manage multi-server, multi-location Internet/Intranet sites by providing Class of Service, Access Control, Load Balancing, Re-direction, Monitoring, Site Integrity Analysis and Site Activity Reporting Services.

SiteMARC enables distributed servers to act as a single, scalable, reliable, easily managed Internet/Intranet server system. SiteMARC reduces total cost of site ownership, improves site performance and response times, prevents server bottlenecks and break downs, and provides site access based on users' class of service.

SiteMARC architecture consists of IntelliDirector, IntelliAgents and IntelliAdministrator. IntelliAgents are JAVA processes that manage and monitor Web server resources. IntelliDirector is a knowledge based broker that works in co-operation with IntelliAgents. It enforces policies, and provides Load Balancing, Re-direction, Access Control and Class of Service (CoS). IntelliAdministrator provides ubiquitous administrator interface to the application. It allows administrators to define the committed level of service, privileges, and overall predictability behavior of their Internet/Intranet sites.

Product: SockMail, v1.0 - client/server mailing list management system ($295)
Company: Sockem Software (New York, NY)
Telephone: (212) 635-9820
Fax: (212) 635-9820
E-mail: info@sockem.com
URL: http://www.sockem.com
Platforms: Java Virtual Machine version 1.02 or later
Description: The SockMail client, loaded from a Java enabled browser, manipulates mailing lists stored on the SockMail server. An administrative version of the SockMail client (only 85k in size) allows for password-protected access to manage all of your mailing lists. Smaller versions of the client provide limited access for public users to add email addresses from Web sites. The SockMail server mails messages to lists while processing tasks from any number clients.

Electronic Commerce

Product: BankAway! - remote server platform ($50,000)
Company: ITL Infosys (Fremont, CA)
Telephone: (510) 770-3400
E-mail: info@inf.com
URL: http://www.bankaway.com
Platforms: Windows NT/SQL server, Solaris/Oracle
Description: Remote banking platform designed with state-of-the-art technology, to meet high-end business needs. Can be customized to integrate with any core banking system and effectively addresses issues like customer security, one-to-one relationship banking, performance, cross-selling and direct marketing.

Designed to leverage the World Wide Web and uses an open systems approach to integrate existing and emerging channels including the Internet, screen phones, home PC and WebTV to provide a unified view of their financial information with complete customer orientation.

Runs on multiple platforms and interfaces with standards like OFX and GOLD. Offers a complete range of banking and bill payment services for retail, small business, corporate and consumer clients. The product's split architecture enables banks and service providers to maintain a central customer database, while offering a customized front end for their customers based on region, country and personal preferences.

Product: INTERSHOP CommerceLink 1 - link INTERSHOP to Open Market Transact (contact vendor for price)
Company: INTERSHOP Communications (San Francisco, CA)
Telephone: (800) 736-5197, (415) 229-0100
Fax: (415) 229-0555
E-mail: info@intershop.com
URL: http://www.intershop.com
Platforms: Windows NT, HP-UX, Solaris, IRIX
Description: A link product that integrates merchandising and hosting features of INTERSHOP Mall with Open Market Transact, a transaction processing and order management software for doing business on the Internet.

Merchants use store building and merchandizing tools provided by INTERSHOP such as Catalog Manager, Product Manager, and templates to suggestively sell their products. Customers view, search and select products for online purchase in the INTERSHOP store. Visits to the store are recorded in the INTERSHOP database, creating valuable information for customized marketing. CommerceLink transfers shopping data from the INTERSHOP store to the Open Market Transact server for further processing. Open Market Transact collects and processes order data, browsing statistics, fulfillment details and order tracking information.


Product: IntraVerse, Release 2 - Enterprise network security, management solution ($6,500 per server and $60 per user)
Company: DASCOM, Inc. (Santa Cruz, CA)
Telephone: (408) 460-3600
Fax: (408) 460-0255
E-mail: sales@dascom.com
URL: http://www.dascom.com
Platforms: Solaris, HP-UX, UnixWare, and Microsoft NT
Description: An Enterprise network security and management solution that provides organizations with control of access over all network resources and end-to-end security for network transactions. IntraVerse delivers an industry-leading authorization management solution that enables an organization to use its network for mission-critical business transactions, even if the network is accessed over the public Internet. IntraVerse 2 incorporates an Application Programming Interface (API) that allows application developers to take advantage of the IntraVerse Authorization Services and a Java-based management console for administering access controls for multiple applications.

IntraVerse's ability to determine user access privileges on a case-by-case basis allows an organization to safely maintain classified and sensitive information on the corporate Intranet, making it possible to provide secure remote access privileges to employees, and to extend limited access privileges to business partners over the public Internet infrastructure.

New features that ease management and security concerns, include: a Java-based management console that provides simplified, centralized access management; data integrity and encryption for all network-based traffic, including traditional network applications such as FTP, Telnet, and leading-edge applications like CORBA objects; and a non- intrusive lightweight client. With the ability to securely encrypt all network transactions, IntraVerse allows an organization to safely extend its Intranet across the public Internet infrastructure, allowing remote employees to access information securely and easily from any location and enabling the deployment of secure Extranet applications.


Product: 3D Quickfill 98.6 - solids-based simulation product (upgrades from $2000)
Company: C-MOLD (Louisville KY)
Telephone: (502) 423-4350
E-mail: info@cmold.com
URL: http://www.cmold.com
Platforms: Windows 95, Windows NT, DEC Alpha NT, Solaris, IRIX, AIX, HP-UX, Digital Unix
Description: Solids-based tool provides engineering information essential to part and mold design decision-making process. Integrates within leading solid modeling CAD systems and launch by using a native menu selection. Users can bring plastic parts to market faster by avoiding time-consuming data translation, meshing, and manual model clean-up.

Working directly from 3D solid models generated in the CAD package, 3D QuickFill eliminates the need for messy data translation, meshing, midplaning of models and manual model clean up. This means results, even for complex parts, are available in minutes rather than days or weeks. Technology based on non-Newtonian, non-isothermal solver simulates true plastics behavior.


Product: Exploring MSC/PATRAN - CD-ROM Training Course (contact vendor for price)
Company: MacNeal-Schwendler Corp. (LOS ANGELES, CA)
Telephone: (770) 993-8384
E-mail: info@engmm.com
URL: http://www.MACSCH.COM
Platforms: Windows 95, Windows NT, MacOS
Description: This training CD-ROM provides a method for new users of MSC/PATRAN to learn the software. The program also helps users master the basic skills required to use MSC/PATRAN in typical engineering applications. Includes more than 100 animations and simulated MSC/PATRAN sessions that facilitate learning, increase comprehension and help maintain user interest.

Augments the "Basic PATRAN" seminar course with the realistic case studies as well as a significant amount of new material to help users understand more about the practical aspects of finite element analysis.

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