Click on our Sponsors to help Support SunWorld

New products for the week of July 1

By John J. McLaughlin, FlashBack Inc.

July  1996
[Next story]
[Table of Contents]
Subscribe to SunWorld, it's free!

Mail this
article to
a friend

Back to the comprehensive index of July's new products.

For More Details

You can send for more product information if an article has a FlashBack number. Simply send e-mail to with one or more FlashBack numbers in the Subject field.

Table of Contents




Product: AccessBuilder 5000 - Enterprise LAN/WAN Switch (Ethernet: $24,995; Token Ring: $29,995)
Company: 3Com Corporation (Santa Clara, CA)
Telephone: 408-764-5000
Fax: 408-764-6740
Description: Combines up to 10 LAN segments with up to 256 WAN ports, and is available for Ethernet and Token Ring networks. The 17-slot chassis accommodates hot-swappable WAN media modules allowing network managers to mix and match asynchronous, ISDN PRI and T1/E1 connections. In addition, it offers fault-tolerant redundant components, strong management tools, and comprehensive security. Allows Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol. Starter configurations of the AccessBuilder 5000 Enterprise LAN/WAN Switch include the chassis with 48 asynchronous ports, a power supply, a controller module, a media module, a rack mount kit, client and server software, and management software.

Product: CPU-20VT - SPARCstation 20-compatible workstation (from $19,995)
Company: Force Computers (San Jose, CA)
Telephone: 800-FORCE-99, 408-369-6000
Fax: 408-371-3382
Platforms: HyperSPARC
Description: Has 2-MBus slots for up to four, 150 MHz hyperSPARC processors. The product is equipped with dual SCSI and dual Ethernet interfaces providing scalability. 100 percent compatible with the SPARCstation 20 family and offers developers scalable, stable multi-processing using ROSS Technology's hyperSPARC modular processors. Features field upgradable ECC mezzanine memory. These modules are available in 64- or 128-MB versions for up to 512 MB of on-board DRAM. In addition to the 2-MBus slots, this board offers 2-SBus slots for graphics and flexible I/O expansion. Dual, independent SCSI-2 and Ethernet channels provide data protection from drive and network failures. The dual SCSI-2 interfaces allow for independent connection to storage devices. Automatic fail-over and recovery configurations can be realized using standard software such as Solstice DiskSuite from SunSoft. The two independent Ethernet interfaces also allow for more efficient network routing to improve reliability while reducing performance bottlenecks. The CPU-20VT offers a full 64-bit VMEbus interface with direct SBus interconnection based on FORCE COMPUTERS' FGA-5000 ASIC, allowing VMEbus data speeds of up to 40 MB per second. Fully compatible with shrink-wrapped Solaris operating systems.

Product: Lexmark Forms Printers 2300 plus - series of enhanced 9- and 24-pin dot-matrix printers (Starts at $399)
Company: Lexmark International Inc. (Greenwich, CT)
Telephone: 800-891-0331
Fax: 606-232-2380
Platforms: platform compatable, Lexmark external print servers
Description: A series of enhanced 9- and 24-pin dot-matrix printers that provide form handling and increased speed (up to 30 percent improvement in throughput to the Forms Printers 2300 line). Includes built-in IBM and Epson emulations and has a Tractor 2 feature (a dual-tractor option) that allows customers to switch between two separate forms with the touch of a button. The line includes four printers: Model 2380 plus (9-pin narrow carriage), Model 2381 plus (9-pin wide carriage), Model 2390 plus (24- pin narrow carriage) and the Model 2391 plus (24-pin wide carriage). The 2380/2381 plus 9-pin models can handle up to 6-part forms.

Product: NetSeer firewall - packet filter and application gateway
Company: (Ashburn, VA)
Telephone: 703-724-3800
Platforms: ethernet
Description: Provides a secure environment to enable companies to conduct business on the Internet. Features direct Internet connections (modems, ISDN, T1), Secure Remote Administration, Dynamic Allocation of UDP Ports, Re-Mapping of IP Addresses, Strong User Authentication, and Virtual Private Network Encryption. Available as either software-only or as a turnkey solution with associated computer hardware. Combines the benefits of both leading firewall technologies, packet filter and application gateway, and it performs its protective functions with only minimal impact to network throughput. enterWorks' software maintenance plan allows organizations to receive security updates and keep abreast of emerging security threats.

Product: Semaphore Network Security System for Frame Relay - safeguard Frame Relay wide area networks
Company: Semaphore Communications (Santa Clara, CA)
Telephone: 408-980-7751 x 615
Platforms: Frame Relay Networks
Description: The product implements five security services, including site-to-site authentication, origin authentication, access control, data integrity and data confidentiality. It is UL, CSA and TUV certified, and in compliance with FCC Part 15 and the EU directive. The NSS-FR comprises a hardware-based Network Encryption Unit (NEU-ST-FR) and Network Security Center (NSC) software application. The NEU-ST-FR is connected between a router and a DSU/CSU or Frame Relay switch. All Frame Relay packets must pass through the NEU when leaving or entering a site. User traffic passing through the NEU is either encrypted, bypassed, or discarded depending on the selected Security Protection Level established by the network administrator at the NSC. Security management traffic is always encrypted. With Semaphore's NEU-ST-FR, it is not necessary to alter the network or replace any of its existing equipment, services, operating systems, or application programs already in use. The NEU utilizes the two leading cryptographic standards: RSA, the widely-accepted public key encryption algorithm, and the Data Encryption Standard (DES), the globally accepted private key algorithm. Integral battery backup maintains critical operating parameters during power outages for up to 14 days.


Product: C++Expert - automated code debugger and quality tester ($995 per seat)
Company: CenterLine Software (Cambridge, MA)
Telephone: 800-NOW-CNTR, 617-498-3287
Platforms: Solaris 1 & 2 on SPARC and UltraSPARC
Description: Combines CenterLine's On-line Advice for C++ with its SourceWise 3-way C and C++ error detection technology. These two integrated development capabilities help developers enhance code quality and improve their C++ fluency and understanding. C++Expert is the only development tool that provides these benefits in a standalone product. C++Expert also easily integrates with a company's existing C and C++ development environments, protecting its investment in existing tools. Uses rulesets derived from Scott Meyers' books, Effective C++ and More Effective C++.

Product: ICL i500 Web Connector - X.500 messaging tool for intranet users ($7,500)
Company: ICL Inc. (11490 Commerce Park Drive, Reston, VA)
Telephone: 703-648-3300
Fax: 703-648-3350
Description: Enables users to search an X.500-based directory using familiar Internet browsers such as Netscape or Mosaic. The product addresses intranet user needs for easy, cost-effective access to information located anywhere within the organization. An enhancement of ICL's i500 Enterprise Directory Server, the Web Connector makes use of a company's current investment in browser software. Unlike typical directory interfaces, Internet browsers are designed to launch helper applications to display objects retrieved by a directory search, and as such, users can find and display documents, graphics, multimedia or HTML files.

Product: LoadRunner 4.0 - client, server, and Web load testing tool (Unix: from $50,000; Windows NT etc: $40,000)
Company: Mercury Interactive Corporation (Sunnyvale, CA)
Telephone: 408-523-9900
Fax: 408-523-9911
Platforms: Solaris 1 & 2, HP-UX, AIX, Windows NT, Windows 95, Windows 3.x
Description: Provides consistent, repeatable and measurable load to exercise the system just like real users would to isolate and pinpoint bottlenecks. Automating client, server, and Web load testing from a single point of control, LoadRunner helps developers of client/server systems obtain an accurate view of system behavior and performance throughout the application development life cycle. The Virtual User Generator captures client, server and Web traffic to automatically create virtual users. The Visual Controller drives, monitors, and synchronizes GUI, database, legacy and Web Virtual Users from a single point of control. A Load Analyzer displays the heartbeat and pulse of the system through customized graphs and reports.

Product: RadJa - Rapid Application Development with Java (free for evaluation; $19 to register)
Company: Applicom Software Industries (Israel)
Telephone: +972-9-598-999
Fax: +972-9-598-990
Platforms: Unix, Windows NT, Windows 95, Windows 3.x, Macintosh
Description: A visual Java programming environment that enables you to create Java applets and applications without the need for programming in Java code. Operates in a split-view mode allowing simultaneous logical and actual views of program progression. Programming consists of choosing the appropriate controls from a pool of predefined controls and establishing the required relations between the various controls. These controls may be visual like buttons, text input fields, etc., and nonvisual like URLs, files, etc. To carry out actions, controls use attributes and/or consume parameters supplied by other controls.

Product: SmalltalkBroker - Smalltalk-based CORBA 2.0-compliant object request broker ($2,500)
Company: DNS Technologies Inc. (San Francisco, CA)
Telephone: 415-536-1600
Fax: 415-536-1616
Platforms: Solaris 1 & 2, HP-UX, Windows NT, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, OS/2
Description: Specifically designed to interoperate seamlessly with CORBA 2.0-compliant ORBs from many vendors, regardless of language. Moreover, it is compact, efficient and vendor-independent. Supports the CORBA-defined interoperability specification for object-messaging across TCP/IP-based networks. Distributed objects are represented using the OMG's CORBA-defined Interface Definition Language mappings and the ODMG-compliant Object Definition Language. CORBA-defined common object services Naming, Lifecycle, and Events are also included.

Product: WebEye - monitors Web servers (from $995)
Company: Del Mar Solutions Inc. (Palo Alto, CA)
Telephone: 415-328-5116
Fax: 415-328-0303
E-mail: WebEye@Delmarsol.COM
Platforms: Solaris 1 & 2
Description: Monitors any Web server running on any computer or operating system. Monitors the system's Web server for performance and availability, reporting response time and access errors. Combined with Sun's SunNet Manager product, it will log and graph Web performance data for future analysis and notify key personnel of poor server performance. When integrated with Sun's SunNet Manager product, WebEye can display graphs of Web server response in real time, or historically from yesterday, last week, or last month. It also can combine these graphs with data from other Web servers, and compare the servers' response times.

Product: WebGalaxy - generates Java applications (tiered from $5,000 to $30,000 according to the platform)
Company: Allen Systems Group Inc. (Naples, FL)
Telephone: 941-435-3637
Fax: 941-263-3692
Platforms: Solaris 1 & 2, DEC Alpha, Linux, Windows NT, Windows 95
Description: A rapid application builder for World Wide Web applications featuring a graphical interface which generates Java applications, code generation without programming experience, drag-and-drop information linking and construction, and automatic screen generation. Supports interfacing to existing databases, calls to external applications, and complex mathematical modeling. Its built-in "inference engine" facilitates a smart conversation between the application and the end user. User responses are mapped against a knowledge base to return appropriate answers to the user. WebGalaxy applications are universally accessible from any JAVA-capable web browser.

SunWorld Online takes no responsibility for claims made by the vendors or manufacturers of the products.

If you have problems with this magazine, contact

Last updated: 1 July 1996

Click on our Sponsors to help Support SunWorld

What did you think of this article?
-Very worth reading
-Worth reading
-Not worth reading
-Too long
-Just right
-Too short
-Too technical
-Just right
-Not technical enough

[Table of Contents]
Subscribe to SunWorld, it's free!
[Next story]
Sun's Site

[(c) Copyright  Web Publishing Inc., and IDG Communication company]

If you have technical problems with this magazine, contact

Last modified: