New products for the week of September 1
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- distributes network traffic across multiple servers
Company: Cisco Systems, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Telephone: (408) 526-6289
Platforms: 10BaseT and 100BaseTX Ethernet ports
Description: Network hardware device enables Web sites to accommodate a larger number of users by distributing network traffic across multiple servers. Acts as a transparent front end to a group of servers and manages the workload of each by determining the most available server in the network. For intranet managers, Web masters and Internet service providers (ISPs). Network managers can add and remove servers from a group transparently, and manage and support a single IP address for a collection of heterogeneous Web servers and operating systems. Since network managers only need to manage a single IP address, management of multiple heterogeneous Web servers is simplified. Provides support for all common TCP/IP Internet services, such as the Web, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Telnet and Gopher. Supports more than one million simultaneous TCP sessions and features a real-time kernel that provides over 45 Mbps of throughput with support for 10BaseT and 100BaseTX Ethernet ports. In addition, the device provides TCP fault tolerance to Internet and intranet services.
INet-80, INet-1080, INet-1080i, INet-100TX
- 8-port switches and a workstation interface card
(INet-80 $1,398, INet-1080 $2,688, INet-1080i $2,888, INet-100TX)
Company: CNet Technology Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Telephone: (408) 954-8000
Platforms: Ethernet LANs
Description: For connecting LAN users to Intranet and Internet services - three 8-port switches and a high-performance workstation interface card. The INet-80 is an 8-port switching hub with six dedicated 10BaseT (UTP) ports, one combination BNC/UTP and one combination AUI/UTP. Each port delivers at least 10Mbps bandwidth to its connected device. The hub's UTP-only ports support 20 Mbps full-duplex Ethernet, bringing the hub's potential throughput to 140 Mbps. The INet-1080 is an 8-port 10/100 Mbps switching hub for organizations that use their intranet to download and send image-enhanced documents, graphics, spreadsheets and multimedia materials. The INet-1080 has six full-duplex 10BaseT ports and two high-speed 100BaseTX ports. The INet-1080i is an intelligent version of the INet-1080 switching hub, including a built-in SNMP (simple network management protocol) agent and menu-driven console management provided by CView, a software package. The INet-100TX is a full-duplex PCI-bus adapter with dual-speed capabilities. Since it provides support for 10Mbps and 100Mbps throughput, organizations can use 10 Mbps throughput now and move up to Fast Ethernet later.
- 5.25" 2.6 gigabyte rewritable optical drive
Company: Pinnacle Micro, Inc. (Irvine, CA)
Telephone: (800) 553-7070, (714) 789-3000
Fax: (714) 789-3150
Platforms: Windows, Macintosh, Sun, SGI and HP
Description: 5.25" 2.6 Gigabyte rewritable optical drive. Available in both internal and external configurations. Rotation speed: 3755 RPM; 19 msec seektime; data transfer rate up to 4.3 MBytes per second maximum. 2.6 GB cartridges comply with the ISO industry standards for compatibility with other 2.6 GB standard drives. Designed for software applications such as graphics, color imaging, 3D animation, multimedia, digital audio/video, and the Internet.
Builder Xcessory (BX) 4.0
- GUI builder for Java
Company: Integrated Computer Solutions (Cambridge, MA)
Telephone: (617) 621-0060
Fax: (617) 621-9555
Platforms: Java, Sun Solaris, Sun OS, SGI IRIX, HP-UX, DEC UNIX,
Description: A graphical user interface (GUI) builder with support for the Java platform, allowing developers to build GUIs for Java-based applications and applets.
- C++ interface to relational databases
Company: Rogue Wave Software (Corvallis, OR)
Telephone: (800) 487-3217, (541) 754-3010
Fax: (541) 757-6650
Platforms: Windows 95, NT, Sun Solaris, Sun OS, HP-UX, Irix, Digital
Description: C++ interface to relational databases increases execution speed while maintaining safeguards for data integrity. New features include: Binding of variables to SQL statements: improves performance by parsing and binding each SQL statement only once when it is executed against a set of data instead of repeating the process for each row of data. This enables both client-side and server-side optimization of the SQL statement. Asynchronous database access: allows the application to continue execution prior to receiving a database response to a previous inquiry. Thread safety: provides direct support for multithreaded programming to maximize processing resources. This recovers machine cycles otherwise lost due to blocking operations such as database connections. Flexible error-handling confirms the validity of a database connection before performing an operation. Detects "deadlock" conditions, when two processes attempt to manipulate a table at the same time. Encapsulates SQL 92 DML functionality to provide a common C++ programming interface to major relational databases. Offers native access to Oracle, Sybase, Informix, and Ingres databases, with general connectivity through ODBC. Communication with the call level interface (CLI) of an underlying database is handled transparently by database-specific Access Libraries.
- workflow-centered approach to software development
($375 per user)
Company: Software Emancipation Technology, Inc. (Lexington, MA)
Telephone: (617) 863-8900
Platforms: SunOS, Sun Solaris and HP-UX
Description: Two products have been integrated: DISCOVER and Continuus/CM, for development teams working on large-scale software projects. The integration provides DISCOVER users with simplified access to Continuus/CM capabilities, enabling a workflow-centered approach to software development. Multiple teams can work from the same code base while simultaneously producing patches, maintenance releases, new generation releases and multiple variants of the code. Supports multiple platforms, operating systems, databases and languages. The DISCOVER Development Information System scans and identifies all elements in a company's software to build an Information Model, a highly-associative database of every inter- and intra-dependency in the software system.
- UNIX Desktop Color Scanning Software
Company: AutoGraph International Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Telephone: (408) 436-7227
Fax: (408) 436-7255
Platforms: HP, IBM, SGI, Digital Alpha AXP, OSF/1, and SunSparc
Description: A set of tools for scanning and working with images. Motif-based GUI gives the user control of the scanning process. For example, prescan a page in low resolution and the software displays the prescan for setting and modifying options for the final scan. Select any area of the page for the final scan and the display is automatically zoomed to match. A Close-Up window is also included in the Desktop, giving a magnified display of the area nearest the cursor position. Allows the user to adjust and fine-tune all aspects of the color response with the resulting color response curves shown in a window. Supports any hardware resolution provided by the scanner and any virtual resolution up to the scanner's maximum. The results of choosing a specific resolution in terms of image dimensions and projected file size are visible immediately on the display. The resolution may also be set automatically to match a given file size or image dimension, or a maximum file size can be set as a constraint to the available resolutions.
MapInfo Address DataBlade module
- desktop mapping software
Company: MapInfo Corp. (Troy, NY)
Telephone: (800) 327-8627, (518) 285-6000
Fax: (518) 285-6060
Platforms: Windows 95, NT, 3.1.x, Power Macintosh, Macintosh, Sun, HP
Description: Encapsulates address and location information for the INFORMIX-Universal Server. A data management tool that uses address-matching (geocoding) technology. Geocoding is the process of assigning geographic coordinates to huge databases for accurate display on digital maps. In a client/server implementation, the module assigns and maintains latitude and longitude information within large databases. This allows real-time updates of the information for geographic-based analysis. Incorporates address and location components from separate data columns into a single data type. For example, a 911 emergency response system can retrieve an address in one quick step when municipal addresses are stored as complex data types. When an emergency call comes in, the dispatcher enters the address in the Informix database. A number of actions occur simultaneously: the module geocodes and verifies the address, creates the point, locates and displays it on a map. Paramedics are dispatched.
- application builder for creating Web applications
Company: Spider Technologies, Inc. (Palo Alto, CA)
Telephone: (415) 462-7637
Platforms: HP, Informix, Windows, Netscape, Oracle, SGI, Sun, Sybase
Description: Graphical application builder of interactive Web applications. Visual development environment and high-performance Java application server. A rapid application delivery platform architected for the Web. Creates server-side Java code for application runtime - providing an open, industry-standard code base that leverages Java's network-centric features.
On-Line! Detective for Sun Workstations and Servers v 3.1
- documents repairs for Sun workstations and servers
Company: SoftTech Solutions (Keego Harbor, MI)
Telephone: (810) 738-7738
Fax: (810) 738-7780
Platforms: Sun/OS, Solaris, Windows, Windows 95
Description: Software tool documents the entire repair process for Sun workstations and servers. Graphic interface lets users select from full-color photographs and diagnostic/service flow charts for efficient problem resolution. Provides details such as: jumper settings on all system and S/Bus boards; configuration jumpers and parameters for SCSI devices; a comprehensive cross-reference of Sun and OEM part numbers; diagnostic boot sequence and full diagnostic repair procedures for Field Replaceable Units (FRU) to enable easy resolution of hardware-related problems. Can be run from hard disk or deployed directly from a CD. Effective for training several levels of engineers, eliminating the need for additional documentation and freeing up more experienced staff. Supports the following Sun Sparc products: Sparc IPC, Sparc IPX, Classic, LX, Sparc 2, Sparc 5, Sparc 10, Sparc 20 and Sparc 4, and the Ultra family. Includes the Sparc 1000 and Sparc 2000 servers and disk arrays.
PLATINUM Desktop DBA for Motif
- database administration tool
Company: PLATINUM technology, inc. (Oakbrook Terrace, IL)
Telephone: 800-442-6861, 708-620-5000
Platforms: HP-UX, Sun Solaris; IBM AIX
Description: UNIX version of a client/server database administration and migration tool. Replaces SQL syntax for RDBMS commands with point-and-click selections. Performs routine and complex management tasks for multiple database types including, database comparisons, synchronizing databases; altering database objects (including tables, indexes, views, and procedures) in real time; dragging-and-dropping objects and data (including all dependencies and associated security between database servers); and streamlining administrative functions, such as local and remote server configurations, user access-permissions, and catalog reporting.
- SDK for developing access to non-SQL data sources
($6,995 desktop; $12,500 for UNIX and NT client/server version)
Company: Simba Technologies Inc. (Seattle, WA)
Telephone: 800-SIMBA96, (206) 441-0340
Fax: (206) 441-9876
Platforms: Windows, Windows NT, UNIX
Description: Provides software developers with an SDK for developing access to non-SQL data sources from single, two or three-tiered client/server environments. Conforms to the ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) standard for SDK tools. Enhancements have been made to improve the quality of query results, increase the amount of data collected, and increase the combinations of data that users can access. New features -- Performance optimization. ODBC drivers can specify the fastest resource for executing the most frequent types of queries such as joins, filters, and predicates. Stored procedures and views are now standard. Developers can invoke and leverage proprietary business logic using any of several programming tools such as PowerBuilder, Visual Basic, or C++. This creates a more effective distributed system by allowing resources to move off the server to the client. The enhanced view support enables users to save time on complex queries.
- Java-based pattern matching search class
($49 / $495)
Company: Thought Inc. (San Francisco)
Telephone: (415) 928-4229
Fax: (415) 567-9945
Description: Java-based pattern matching search class derived from Perl-like, Unix grep-like syntax. Unicode pattern-matching search capabilities use industry standard 'regular expression' syntax. Can be used with standard English or programmer-defined foreign language META characters. Wildcard searching can be added to any Java application. Benefits: Programmer configurable META characters; Wildcard Searching in JAVA Applications; Boolean Logic; Reliability of Operation; Understands JAVA Data-Types, such as String and char; Patterns and Searchable Data of any length; Industry-Standard Regular-Expression Syntax derived from Grep & Perl; and Full Unicode Support.
- tools for management of Web servers
(starting at $2395 (single system))
Company: VERITAS Software Corp. (Mountain View, CA)
Telephone: (4l5) 335-8000
Fax: (415) 335-8050
Platforms: Sun SPARC Solaris, SunOS, IBM, HP-UX
Description: A suite of system tools for management of business critical Web servers. The NFS Edition is an upgrade release for Sun Ultra Enterprise Servers. The Web Edition allows Web masters and Internet Service Providers (ISP) to balance the performance and management of high-demand Web servers by evaluating and tuning them, eliminating I/O bottlenecks and downtime. The high availability version assures virtually uninterrupted service for high demand servers. Webmasters can create and manage flexible, high-performance and fast recovery Web servers without the use of specialized hardware. Designed to meet the demands of web servers containing the most complex documents and data including text, multimedia, video, images and audio, while balancing the I/O demand of large numbers of users. Both Editions are specialized versions of the VxServerSuite architecture, a set of integrated technologies designed for the performance and optimization of business critical server environments.
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