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Product: LynxArray Series 3000 - Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) systems
Company: Artecon, Inc. (Carlsbad CA)
Telephone: (619) 431-4463
Fax: (619) 931-5527
E-mail: info@artecon.com
URL: http://www.artecon.com
Platforms: Unix
Description: New series of open-systems RAID solutions. Designed for small to midsize networks requiring 27 to 82 Gb of storage capacity. Ensures fail-safe operation of networks by providing global hot swapping for multiple RAID sets, automatic failure detection, background drive rebuilding and a comprehensive failure management system. Features include: Scalability -- grows from 27 to 82 Gb and beyond to terabyte solutions, without discarding components. Failover options can be added as required. Flexibility -- multi-hosted controllers improve performance, add redundancy, and create higher connectivity. Support for any combination of 3.5" or half-height 5.25" devices such as tape drives for inline backup. Serviceability -- hot-swap removable controllers, disk drives, fans, and power supplies. Density of Packaging -- in only 7", 82 Gb for 52 Gb/cubic foot of failover RAID. Performance -- controller is based on an Intel-486 microprocessor at 4600 I/Os per second. Ultra-Wide SCSI channels from host computer through controllers to drives allow 40 Mb per second burst and 33 Mb per second sustained transfer rates.

Product: Multiport - serial communications controllers
Company: Aurora Technologies Inc. (Waltham, MA)
Telephone: (617) 290-4800
Fax: (617) 290-4844
E-mail: info@auratek.com
URL: http://www.auratek.com
Platforms: Sun Solaris
Description: Three families of PCI-bus serial controllers for Sun Solaris workstations and servers: Aries Multiport 8- and 16-port 115.2 kbps asynchronous serial communications controllers; the Apollo Multiport 4-port 230.4 kbps asynchronous serial communications controller; and Saturn Multiport 2- and 4-port synchronous/asynchronous communications controllers. These controllers are used to connect serial devices such as modems, terminals, instrumentation, and printers to Sun systems. They are also used for remote LAN and WAN access applications.


Product: ADSTAR Distributed Storage Manager (ADSM), v 2.6 - storage management with unattended network backup and archiving
Company: IBM Corp. (San Jose, CA)
Telephone: (800) IBM-CALL, (800) 4IBM-SSD
E-mail: adsmsales@vnet.ibm.com, adstarsw@vnet.ibm.com
URL: http://www.storage.ibm.com/adsm
Platforms: Sun Solaris
Description: A complete storage management solution integrating unattended network backup and archiving with hierarchical storage management and disaster recovery planning. For heterogeneous network environments with extensive platform capability; ensures data integrity through consistent policy management. Protects against critical data loss through its Disaster Recovery Manager; provides backup and restore across the storage hierarchy (disk, optical and tape) or directly to tape. Benefits: increases productivity and the business "bottom line" by providing quick access to critical data stored across the network; automates storage management functions, such as policy administration and central scheduling; maximizes the use of storage media by moving less frequently accessed data to slower, less expensive media (e.g. disk to tape); "intelligent architecture" backs up only new or changed data; business recovery features protect the entire storage management environment against media loss and disaster; and supports mixed-computing environments.

Product: Automation Toolkit - gives applications access to Web-based data and services ($295)
Company: webMethods, Inc. (Fairfax, VA)
Telephone: (703) 352-8501
Fax: (703) 352-0370
E-mail: info@webmethods.com
URL: http://www.webmethods.com
Platforms: Windows 95/NT, Solaris, AIX, Linux, Macintosh
Description: Gives IS developers the ability to access Web-based data and services from within business applications. Generates Java classes and manages objects representing Web resources. These classes provide transparent access to Web data and services from standalone and server-side Java applications, as well as browser-based applets. A new Automation Engine runs alongside Web servers and generates HTML documents from automation templates that point to other Web addresses as data sources. It enables aggregation and retrieval of specific data from diverse Web sites. For instance, a company creating a Web-based catalog is now able to rapidly establish "information contracts" with business partners to pull up-to-the-minute, product pricing data directly from a manufacturer's Web sites. A company can also construct an internal clipping service by extracting and collecting targeted information from departmental Web servers. The heart of the Toolkit is a Web Interface Definition Language (WIDL), which serves as a schema language for the Web. It enables Java/HTML data mapping and is used to define access methods for data elements and functional servers available from Web addresses (URLs) in much the same way that SQL is used to access relational databases.

Product: Eminent Domain - registers and maintains domain names on intranets and Internet
Company: LanMinds, Inc. (Berkeley, CA)
Telephone: (888) 420-0420, (510) THE-NETWork (510-843-6389)
E-mail: info@lanminds.com
URL: http:/www.lanminds.com
Platforms: Oracle
Description: Tool designed to automate the process of registering and maintaining domain names on intranets and the Internet. Uses Oracle's Network Computing Architecture platform to support the management of Internet Top-Level Domain names (TLDs). Product is geared toward the TLD market created by the recent Enhanced Domain Name Service (eDNS) Charter -- a new project intended to resolve the problems surrounding current Top-Level Domain (TLD) ownership, control and certification by creating a more open market in TLD registration. Uses Oracle's Universal Server and Web Application Server for registration services, administration functions and interfaces to domain name servers. Generates dynamic web pages to support database interaction; uses Web Application Server cartridges to interface databases to custom domain name services. ISPs and other Internet service companies that manage their own domain servers, whether or not they are top level domain servers, will be able to automate the administration of DNS including end-user billing and other custom services.

Product: EtherPage and EtherWeb - Remote messaging integrated with Vantive HelpDesk (from $595 per server)
Company: Personal Productivity Tools (Los Altos Hills, CA)
Telephone: (415) 917-7000
Fax: (415) 917-7010
E-mail: sales@ppt.com
URL: http://www.ppt.com
Platforms: Servers: SunOS 4.1.x, Solaris 2.x, Solaris X86 2.x,
Description: EtherPage and EtherWeb software has been integrated with Vantive HelpDesk, a customer asset management solution. This provides an automated, condition-sensitive wireless notification capability. Users can submit trouble tickets tagged for automatic wireless messages to appropriate personnel, from any application. It provides a table-driven, three-tiered escalation mechanism with automatic assignment and paging to the appropriate specialist. Users specify escalation priorities based on conditions, events or transactions occurring on Web pages, e-mail, database or network monitoring systems along with the actual numbers to be paged to effect the integration. Eliminates the need for personnel to monitor and then manually send multiple pages; messages can be sent automatically if a problem is escalated without additional intervention. Messages can include contact information and problem descriptions, eliminating or greatly reducing the need for return calls.

Product: FaxExpress - routes Web messages, orders and inquiries to fax machines
Company: FaxSav Incorporated (Edison, NJ)
Telephone: (908) 906-2000
E-mail: internet@faxsav.com
URL: http://www.faxsav.com
Description: Adds fax capability to Web sites without any additional fax server hardware or software. Routes inquiries, orders or messages to locations that do not have email. Gives the option to fax messages when email is not available. Can be used to send Web inquiries to a remote fax machine, and receive customer orders, inquiries or messages from a Web site at a fax machine. A Web developer can route a message, order, or inquiry entered by a Web visitor and reformat and deliver it to a specified fax machine. Web site owners can use it to adapt messages to conform to their current workflow. For example, when a company prefers to receive its orders in hard copy form, routing Web orders to their fax machine solves this requirement.

Product: SoftWindows 95 v4.0 for UNIX - Allows UNIX users to run Windows 95-based applications ($599)
Company: Insignia Solutions (Santa Clara, CA)
Telephone: (800) 848-7677, U.K.: +44-1-494-453300
E-mail: info@insignia.com
URL: http://www.insignia.com
Platforms: HP, SPARC (SunOS 4 and Solaris 2.5), IBM
Description: Windows/UNIX integration tool for the corporate environment. Lets UNIX users run Windows 95-based applications with no additional hardware; provides complete Windows 95 environment with Windows multimedia support, PC networking and PC file sharing capabilities; and supports both 16- and 32-bit Windows-based applications, including networking. Emulates a complete Pentium-based PC with networking and sound support, running 16- and 32-bit personal productivity applications, including Microsoft Office 97, alongside Unix workstation applications. Includes a pre-installed copy of an optimized version of Microsoft Windows 95. Allows users to start Windows 95 in a matter of seconds, compared to the several minutes it takes on a hardware PC. Gives users the option to continue running Windows 3.11 or install Windows 95. Includes Windows multimedia support, PC networking and PC file sharing capabilities. New sound support includes the ability to play .wav files and .avi movies. Includes full integration between PC and UNIX environments, including cut and paste of text and graphics, and data sharing. Supports long file names, eliminating the 'eight-dot-three' nomenclature limitation of earlier Windows versions.


Product: Advancing HTML: Style and Substance - guide to Web user interface specifications and tools ($29.95)
ISBN: 1-56592-264-6
Company: O'Reilly & Associates (Sebastopol, CA)
Telephone: (707) 829-0515, (800) 998-9938
Fax: (707) 829-0104
E-mail: order@ora.com
URL: http://www.ora.com
Platforms: HTML
Description: A guide to specifications and tools for the user interface to the World Wide Web -- the technologies that make the Web come alive on the screen, on paper, in Braille, and on the phone. HTML provides the core of the user interface for the Web. HTML 3.2 enables Web users to take advantage of features such as tables, applets, text flow around images, and super- and subscripts. Along with the HTML 3.2 spec, the book features the latest stylesheet and multimedia standards, and the cascading style sheets (CSS1) specification. CSS can control colors, whitespace, multicolumn layouts, fonts, and more. Also included are user guides for HTML and CSS, a report on Amaya (the web client that acts as both a browser and an authoring tool), an overview of GIF animation, a look at how JavaScript can customize HTML to be more dynamic, papers on web accessibility, usability engineering, and multimedia design. It also looks behind the scenes at the members of the HTML editorial review board and their challenges in developing 3.2.

Product: Apache: The Definitive Guide - how to obtain, set up, and secure Apache software ($34.95, including CD-ROM)
Author: Ben Laurie & Peter Laurie
ISBN: 1-56592-250-6
Company: O'Reilly & Associates (Sebastopol, CA)
Telephone: (707) 829-0515, (800) 998-9938
Fax: (707) 829-0104
E-mail: order@ora.com
URL: http://www.ora.com
Platforms: Unix, Apache
Description: Written and reviewed by key members of the Apache Group, about free UNIX Web server software (used on about half of the world's existing Web sites). Describes how to obtain, set up, and secure Apache software. Originally based on code and ideas found in the popular HTTP server NCSA httpd 1.3, it has since evolved into a system that rivals other UNIX-based HTTP servers in terms of functionality, efficiency, and speed. Apache includes several features not found in the free NCSA server, among which are configurable error messages, DBM-based authentication databases, and content negotiation. It also offers improved performance and fixes many bugs in the NCSA 1.3 code. Contents of the book include: The history of the Apache Group; Obtaining and compiling the server; Configuring and running Apache, including such topics as directory structures, virtual hosts, and CGI programming; The Apache Module API; Apache security; A complete list of configuration directives; and A complete demo of a sample Web site.

Product: Developing Visual Applications - guide to XIL and the basics of image processing ($49)
Author: William K. Pratt
ISBN: 0-13-461948-X
Company: Sun Microsystems Press (Mountain View, CA)
Telephone: (800) 428-5331 ext. 90
Fax: (800) 882-8583
E-mail: sunsoftpress@sun.com
URL: http://www.sun.com/books/
Platforms: XIL: Solaris (SPARC and x86), HPUX, Windows 95
Description: Describes the XIL imaging foundation library from Sun, showing developers how to implement imaging in their applications, and to make those applications portable. Covers: The mechanics of acquiring, displaying and recording images; XIL image representation and processing control; Using image processing operators to enhance, manipulate & analyze images; Combining basic operators into more advanced image processing algorithms; XIL still and motion video compression, including JPEG and MPEG; and an Overview of advanced imaging and Java. Every XIL imaging function is introduced in a non-mathematical fashion and then followed up with precise mathematical definitions, so knowledgeable developers can understand exactly how each function behaves. The accompanying CD-ROM contains source, images, and binaries for the XIL libraries on Solaris for both SPARC and x86, HPUX, and Windows 95 platforms, as well as several complete XIL programs and functions discussed throughout the book.

Product: Networktin the New Enterprise - IT Architecture Networking ($38)
Author: Harris Kern, Randy Johnson, Michael Hawkins, and Howie Lyke
ISBN: 0-13-263427-9
Company: Sun Microsystems Press (Mountain View, CA)
Telephone: (800) 428-5331 ext. 90
Fax: (800) 882-8583
E-mail: sunsoftpress@sun.com
URL: http://www.sun.com/books
Description: Tackles information technology questions facing business professionals today, and provides solutions. An end-to-end, business person's guide to planning, implementing and managing networks that support the goals of an enterprise. Discusses the make-or-break technology and business decisions required to evolve a network for the 21st century. Evaluates the costs of networking and planning networking projects. Includes expert briefings on the technology trends that impact businesses, including switching, high speed technologies and intranets. Helps determine how to choose and implement the best intranet or groupware solution for an organization. Explains why a carefully designed network architecture is critical to success. Walks through issues that must be addressed in planning such an architecture, including: Internet connectivity; Security; Network management; Backbone networking; Facilities and infrastructure; Remote access; Network access; Servers and desktop systems; and Integrating multiplatform environments.

Product: sed & awk, 2nd Edition - guide to two Unix text processing programs ($29.95)
Author: Dale Dougherty & Arnold Robbins
ISBN: 1-56592-225-5
Company: O'Reilly & Associates (Sebastopol, CA)
Telephone: (707) 829-0515, (800) 998-9938
Fax: (707) 829-0104
E-mail: order@ora.com
URL: http://www.ora.com
Platforms: Unix
Description: Second edition of a handbook for UNIX programmers. A guide to two text processing programs that are mainstays of the UNIX programmer's toolbox, describing both programs in detail and including a chapter of example scripts. Sed is a "stream editor" for editing streams of text that might be too large to edit as a single file, or that might be generated on the fly as part of a larger data processing step. The most common sed operation is substitution, replacing one block of text with another. Awk is a complete programming language, and "data driven" -- you specify what kind of data you are interested in and the operations to be performed when that data is found. It opens and closes data files, reads records, breaks the records up into fields, and counts them. It also includes some unconventional features, such as extended regular expression matching and associative arrays.

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