New products for the week of December 2
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CLAM 8400 Series
- Token Ring intelligent hubs
(per-port price (32-port model): $149)
Company: ACN, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Telephone: (408) 452-4270
Fax: (408) 452-4279
Platforms: Token Ring networks
Description: Token Ring intelligent hubs; 16- and 32-port products available with distributed SNMP management and a selection of RI/RO (Ring In/Ring/Out) connections including UTP (Unshielded Twisted Pair) and fiber optics. Up to 16 CLAM units in a cluster, stacked or distributed, can be used to connect 260 users at 4 or 16 Mbps. Distributed in-band SNMP management allows 16 remotely located units to be controlled from a single management agent. CLAM-8416 has 16 ports and CLAM-8432 has 32 ports. RI/RO attachment modules include a shielded RJ-45 for STP or UTP connection, a multimode fiberoptic connector, DB9, and an IDC connector module for IBM Type 1 cabling systems. The modules can be mixed in any CLAM unit; for example, the RI module might be fiber, with shielded twisted pair RO. Internal WRAP function allows proper operation even when RI/RO ports are not connected. Full repeater function on every port. Uses specialized VLSI circuitry with advanced PLL (phase lock loop) and re-timing techniques on every port, eliminating jitter and allowing large rings to the limits of LOB count and ring diameter. IEEE 802.5 and 802.5-J compliant; standards include the fiber link security protocol extension. Minimum Token Ring diameter is 200 meters.
DTF Digital Tape Drive
- Auto Cassette Loader for DTF 1/2" Tape Drive
Company: Sony Electronics
Telephone: (800) 829-7669
Fax: (408) 955-5166, Fax-back: (800) SONY-022
Platforms: SCSI-2 and RS-232C interfaces
Description: DTF Auto Cassette Loader has up to 378 Gb of uncompressed capacity; accepts a maximum of 9 large (42 Gb) or 9 small (12 Gb) cassettes; offers sequential or random access modes; provides a standard SCSI-2 Fast/Wide interface; and offers a built-in self-diagnostics capability. The Autoloader can access and interchange a cassette in under 20 seconds. Features an EXB-210 emulator for connection to most computer systems. Using standard SCSI-2 command sets, it interfaces with almost any computer platform. In addition, the drive can create multiple volumes on a single cassette, eliminating the need for multiple tapes. The DTF products provide back-up and archiving capabilities for mainframe, client/server, UNIX and midrange computer systems for a variety of applications including financial, insurance, video, production, entertainment and scientific applications. The DTF drive combines a maximum capacity of 42 Gb of uncompressed data per cassette with a sustained transfer rate of 12 Mb/sec over SCSI-2 Fast/Wide interfaces.
GP200 and GP200F
- Digital Imaging Systems
Company: Canon U.S.A., Inc. (Lake Success, NY)
Telephone: (800) 848-4123
Platforms: Ethernet or Token Ring networks
Description: Multifunction devices that integrate printing, scanning, faxing and copying functions for workgroup sharing on a network, or as stand-alone office solutions. NetSpot Network Management Software, which ships with all networked configurations of the GP200 and GP200F, provides desktop management control and system functions across multiple computer operating platforms and network protocols. The GP200 has four built-in expansion slots. Through these slots, it becomes a modular, expandable system with parallel processing technology for multitasking. The GP200F is loaded to plug-and-play, providing the ability to print, fax and copy. There are two remaining expansion slots for customization to network platforms and other image processing capabilities. The GP200 is a stand-alone digital copying system to which additional functionality can be configured as needed.
- Access Switch Platform For Wiring Closets
(Chassis $4,495, Power Supply $2,195)
Company: Cabletron Systems (Rochester, NH)
Telephone: (603) 337-1282, (603) 332-9400
Platforms: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, ATM, FDDI, Token Ring, SNA, WAN
Description: Wiring-closet solution for distributed virtual routing, high-performance switching and management. Addresses bandwidth, multi-protocol control, security and management issues associated with moving traditional, shared-access wiring closet technologies to high-speed switching. Small chassis allows the product to fit into crowded wiring closets. Accepts all boards designed for the MMAC-Plus, including the FDDI SmartSwitch and a 36-port Ethernet board. Customers can transition to multi-media networks such as Gigabit Ethernet and ATM. Provides any-to-any connectivity, with support for all existing MMAC-Plus modules, including: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, ATM, FDDI, Token Ring, SNA, WAN, and Gigabit Ethernet. Virtual routing/switching and VLAN support. 5 Gbps. of aggregate bandwidth and 5 million packets-per-second of aggregate throughput. Distributed management -- no management modules required; embedded WWW management capability. Switched port capacities include: 216 ports of Ethernet; 72 ports of Fast Ethernet; 18 ports of FDDI; 48 ports of ATM; 144 ports of Token Ring; 48 ports of WAN; and SNA Mainframe Channel Attach.
Transcend Networking Framework
- Scalability, WAN/Access and Management Solutions
Company: 3Com Corporation (Santa Clara, CA)
Telephone: (800) Net-3Com, (408) 764-5000
Platforms: Ethernet networks
Description: Seven new Gigabit Ethernet products: Fast Ethernet-to-Gigabit Ethernet Boundary Switches and Gigabit-to-Gigabit Ethernet High-Function Switches in both stackable and chassis formats; and a Gigabit Ethernet Bus Mastering PCI NIC for server connectivity. Six new ATM OC-12 products: Fast Ethernet-to-ATM OC-12 Boundary Switches in stackable and chassis formats and High-Function ATM OC-12-to-OC-12 Switches in chassis formats; and a new ATM OC-12 Bus Mastering PCI NIC for server connectivity. Four bandwidth management extensions to 3Com's High-Function Switching Software: Fast IP, which minimize the number of router hops within a high-speed network; AutoRoute software, which ensures that any routing decision on the LAN are made at the most optimum point in the network. FastBUS broadcast management services application for large-scale ATM-Ethernet networks delivering 1.44 million packets-per -second performance; a new Broadcast Suppression application that effectively clears ATM-Ethernet network congestion by limiting undesirable broadcast levels. New TokenLink & Velocity ISA NIC, and more.
Ultra Enterprise Clusters
- integrated hardware and data services software
($100,000 to more than $1 million)
Company: Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Mountain View, CA)
Telephone: (800) SUN-SOFT
Platforms: Ultra Enterprise 2 & Ultra Enterprise 3000-6000 servers
Description: Solutions for application availability, performance and scalability. Designed as turnkey (integrated hardware and data services software) solutions to ensure deployment for high uptime with service level guarantees. Ranging from Ultra Enterprise 2 workgroup clusters to mainframe-caliber Ultra Enterprise 6000 clusters, the new systems feature fast memory channel interconnect for communication between systems as well as a transaction monitor for transparent recovery from failures. Based on a new "smart cluster" concept, which delivers an easy to deploy, turnkey solution to customers. Recovery mechanisms detect potential failures that can be fixed without causing a failover -- thus providing less disruption and better availability. Smart clusters include turnkey data service modules, which are tailored for a particular data service and include Informix XPS, ORACLE 7 RDBMS, NFS, or Sybase MPP. These modules are fault managers that identify failures; they not only monitor responses, but also understand the unique events generated by a data service and provide recovery mechanisms designed to restore that particular data service with minimal disruption.
Ultra 3000 and 4000 Creator 3D
- high-end graphics workstations
(starting at $52,100 for the Ultra 3000 Creator 3D and $85,500 for the Ultra 4000 Creator 3D)
Company: Sun Microsystems Computer Company (Mountain View, CA)
Telephone: (800) 786-0404 E-mail: email@example.com
Description: Both the Ultra 3000 Creator 3D workstation and Ultra 4000 Creator 3D workstation use Sun's 64-bit UltraSPARC-1 processor that includes two integer arithmetic and logical units, a fast floating-point unit, graphics instructions, and on-chip and secondary cache memory. The Ultra 3000 Creator can handle up to six processors, three Creator 3D graphics boards, six gigabytes of main memory, and up to 42 gigabytes of internal mass storage. The Ultra 4000 Creator can accommodate up to 14 processors, four 3D Creator graphics boards, 14 gigabytes of main memory, and 16.8 gigabytes of internal storage. The basic Ultra 3000 and Ultra 4000 Creator systems start with one 167-MHz processor, a 20-inch color monitor, 256 megabytes of memory, and four gigabytes of disk.
- Web-based data analysis product
Company: Dimensional Insight (Burlington, MA)
Telephone: (617) 229-9111
Platforms: Java-enabled Web browsers
Description: A Web-based data analysis product with Java applets. The new applets provide graphical display options, including pie charts, scatter plots and bar charts, that are normally associated with traditional desktop systems. The applets allow users to access and analyze data from corporate legacy systems with any Java-enabled Web browser. Without writing any code, DataFountain includes charts and spreadsheets with live data and full dive-down capability. Developed in response to the widespread adoption of intranets -- private corporate networks that carry Internet-developed applications on firewall-protected servers. Organizations can use these products to deploy business intelligence applications on their Web servers, using data from both legacy systems and relational databases. Product also offers a "Find" capability to search on words or phrases within dimensions of data.
- JIT Java runtime
(Free for evaluation purposes)
Company: Softway (Sydney, Australia)
Telephone: (011) 61 2 9698 2322
Fax: (011) 61 2 9699 9174
Platforms: Sparc Solaris 2.5 or 2.5.1
Description: JIT Java runtime for SPARC Solaris. A drop-in replacement for the JDK 1.0.2 interpreter. Compiles Java bytecode into native SPARC machine code as it is executed. Compiled code is cached so that future uses of the code run at full speed. Runs Java programs faster than the Sun interpreter. Uses OS threads which allow it to use multiple CPUs on SMP machines. Performance is scaled upward as more CPUs are added. Used for server applications, applets and other Java code. Designed for a wide range of applications, such as embedded systems and integration with other systems. Retargetable and portable.
JavaOS on NS486SXF
- Embedded JavaOS Implementation
Company: National Semiconductor Corporation (Santa Clara, CA)
Telephone: (800) 272-9959, (408) 721-5000
Description: An embedded implementation of JavaOS from Sun Microsystems Inc. running on National's NS486SXF evaluation board, a 486-based system on a chip. The NS486SXF-25 integrates a 25 MHz 486, DRAM controller, PCMCIA controller, ISA expansion bus, ECP parallel port, LCD controller, DMA controller, 16550 UART with IRDA infrared support, real time clock, interrupt controllers, timers, and other PC-compatible system service elements. Users can prototype a Web browsing terminal by adding a VGA card, monitor, and modem to the 486 evaluation kit.
- Java Animation Tool
Company: Dimension X (San Francisco, CA)
Telephone: (415) 243-0900
Description: Java tool allows incorporation of Java applets with sound and interactivity into Web sites and presentations. Information and ideas can be delivered in an animated and interactive format via the intranet or Internet. Applications: on-line multimedia presentations, Web advertising, financial data representation, personnel training, human resource information and corporate reports. Completely coded in Java, it provides a base for programmers to extend the function of the product and develop custom behaviors, sound and image libraries, as well as integrate database applications. Features include sprite and audio sequencing, motion path control, content management, support for interactive behavior functionality and the ability to create events for user interaction. Product generates an animation script and an HTML file for quick and easy insertion into Web pages and takes advantage of all features of the Java language, such as platform independence, object orientation and multi-threading.
SWIFTAlliance Access software package Version 3.0
- messaging software for worldwide financial exchange
Company: Sun Microsystems (Mountain View, CA)
Telephone: (800) SUN-SOFT
Platforms: Sun Solaris 2.5
Description: Sun Microsystems and S.W.I.F.T. (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications) have ported the SWIFTAlliance Access software package Version 3.0 to the Sun Solaris 2.5 operating environment. Supports the Sun SPARC and SunUltra Enterprise server platforms. More than 5,000 financial institutions around the world communicate through S.W.I.F.T., 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week, securely and cost effectively. S.W.I.F.T currently operates in 130 countries and processes more than 2.8 million messages daily.
Solstice HA 1.2
- High Availability Internet Software
($5000 per node)
Company: Sun Microsystems Inc. (Menlo Park, CA)
Telephone: (800) SUN-SOFT, (512) 434-1511
Platforms: Solaris 2.5.1 and Solstice DiskSuite 4.0
Description: High system availability for mission-critical computing activities, including relational database management services (RDBMS), Internet services and network file system management. Features application integration, reliability, performance and serviceability. Enables two servers to act as a highly available data facility. The product provides advanced system monitoring, recovery, and application services that lower the cost and complexity of implementing highly available systems on the network. Fully automated fault detection and recovery including fault monitors that identify, isolate and recover from data service failures without human intervention. Tight integration of volume management and file system management through a GUI-based dashboard. Integrated support for business computing data services - NFS and RDBMS products from Informix, Oracle and Sybase. New features included in Solstice HA 1.2 software include: Support for Sybase SQLServer and Informix OnLine DBMS; Enhanced scalability supporting systems from Ultra Enterprise through Enterprise 6000 systems; Start/Stop API for failing over user applications; and lower cost solutions and out-of-the-box configurations
Summit Version 2.5
- trading and global risk management
Company: Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Mountain View, CA)
Telephone: (800) SUN-SOFT
Platforms: Sun UltraSPARC server & Solaris 2.5
Description: A trading and global risk management application that integrates front-and middle-office operations with back-office functions. Adds a new repo module and expanded capabilities for foreign exchange trades (spot, forward and swap), as well as enhancements that automate the trade support infrastructure. It allows institutions worldwide to take an operational approach for all the financial instruments they trade. It supports customers operating multiple trading centers with client/server flexibility and availability. The back-office module adds trade documentation and message generation linked to routing and programmable trade ticketing. A set of visual tools allows users to tell the system when to generate, and how to deliver, trade confirms, advises, resets, S.W.I.F.T messages and other trade-related documentation. The system also can create H(TM)L-based documents for distribution on corporate intranets and includes an advanced query capability that enables the system to track, recreate or audit any executed trade during its lifecycle. In addition, the Security Access Layer allows system administrators to tailor system menus at each user's workstation, in addition to tailoring trade access and modification privileges according to each person's job and "need to know."
TCP/IP Communication Library
- Secure library for Java applets
Company: Daleen Technologies Inc. (Boca Raton, FL)
Telephone: (800) 989-4474, (561) 997-1612
Fax: (561) 241-7201
Description: A secure TCP/IP communication library that works in conjunction with Java applets. Overcomes HTTPS limitations; Internet commerce applications using Java Applets can now be implemented on enterprise-wide systems without security concerns. A server loads a Java Applet to a browser, connecting to the communication library. When the Applet is executed, an encrypted TCP/IP channel is opened between the client and the server. This secure connection remains open for any required time without protocol or transaction limitations. Secure Applet communication has a direct impact on the deployment of electronic commerce applications over the Internet, especially in industries like banking, transportation, and insurance, where they normally support several thousand simultaneously completed transactions.
- Visual RAD tool for Java Internet and intranet development
Company: Symantec Corporation (Cupertino, CA)
Telephone: (800) 441-7234, (541) 334-6054
Fax: (408) 252-4694
Platforms: Windows 95, Windows NT, PowerMacintosh
Description: Visual RAD tool for Java-based Internet and intranet application development. Developers graphically build application components and generate Java code. RAD Visual Tools - The entire edit/compile/debug cycle is replaced by a RAD cycle. Visual GUI Builder allows the addition of interactions to the components using drag and drop without writing code. A library of pre-built Java components generate Java apps using drag and drop. Integration Wizard specifies interactions between visual elements using drag and drop. Project management system manages forms, controls and components in addition to standard Java files. Integrated graphical debugger works at the source level while supporting expression watch, ValueTips, data browsing and multi-threaded debugging. Three-pane class editor browses and edits methods and data. Hierarchy editor displays the hierarchical structure of Java classes and allows drag-and-drop manipulation. Source editor has color Java syntax and keyword highlighting. Native compiler functions up to 15 times faster than the standard Java compiler. Integrated Just-In-Time compiler speeds Java execution.
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