New Products

Latest Releases for Open Systems


Electronic Commerce Accounting

Data Pro Accounting Software has announced the Internet Power Suite, an accounting system for Internet-based electronic commerce. It is designed to integrate a company's Web site with its inventory and accounts receivable files. The aim is to allow customers placing orders to be able to view a product's current availability, shipping charges and total prices on the Web site.
Internet Power Suite supports SCO Open Server, Digital Unix and IBM AIX. The SCO version is priced at $23,000. The Digital and IBM versions are priced at $28,000.
Data Pro Accounting Software, Inc., 5439 Beaumont Center Blvd., #1050, Tampa, FL 33634; (813) 885-9459.

Software Testing

Platinum has introduced Final Exam, a tool suite designed for testing three-tier client/server applications. It is used to expose latent defects, debug programs and enable developers to create a repeatable test process for applications.
Final Exam modules support SunOS, Sun Solaris, HP-UX, Digital Unix, SGI Irix, DG-UX and IBM AIX. Prices for the C/S-Test module start at $700. The Memory Advisor module costs $995 for an individual user license and $2,895 for a floating network license. The Test Advisor module is priced at $1,295 for an individual license and $3,895 for a floating network license.
Platinum Technology, Inc., 1815 S. Meyers Rd., Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181; (708) 620-5000.

Network Management

Syntax has announced TotalNet Administration Services (TNAS), a network management and administration application for heterogeneous environments. Functions include the administration of users, passwords, data access rights, configuration data and replication.
TNAS supports Sun Solaris and IBM AIX. Prices are $1,795 for the server and $90 for the client.
Syntax, 840 S. 33rd St., Federal Way, WA 98003; (206) 838-2626.


Syncsort has introduced Backup Express, a backup and restore application for networks. The product allows storage devices to be connected to client or server machines on a network, while providing a single point of control to management functions.
Backup Express supports HP-UX, IBM AIX, SunOS, Sun Solaris, SCO Open Server and DG-UX, as well as Windows 95 and Windows NT. Prices start at $2,500.
Syncsort, Inc., 50 Tice Blvd., CN18, Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07675; (201) 930-9700.

File System

Solflower has introduced sharefs, a clustered file system for Sparc workstations that allows two servers to work as a cluster with both cluster members sharing disk resources. The shared disk can be a Sparcstorage array with dual host interfaces, a standard dual port SCSI/IPI RAID or a fiber channel (FC-AL) storage subsystem.
The sharefs product supports Sun Solaris. The price for two desktop systems is $1,400. Prices for servers begin at $2,400.
Solflower Computer, Inc., 1821 Zanker Rd., San Jose, CA 95112; (408) 436-0906.


SIR Americas has introduced SIR 4.0, a relational database management system designed for research applications. Version 4.0 is available on an expanded number of platforms and includes features for data modification, improved access to IR utilities, extension of SIR commands, an Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) interface and added graphical user interface features.
Unix platforms include SGI Irix, IBM AIX, ICL DRS6000, HP-UX, Sun Solaris, and Digital Unix and Ultrix. SIR 4.0 also supports DOS and Windows PC platforms. Prices range from $795 for a PC to $160,000 for a mainframe application.
SIR Americas, P.O. Box 388568, Chicago, IL 60638; (708) 496-0590.

Code Analysis Tool

ParaSoft has announced CodeWizard, a code analysis tool for C++ applications. The tool reads code and displays error messages indicating which rule was violated with an explanation of why it was violated. In addition, CodeWizard specifies the file name and the line of code that is responsible for the violation. The tool also has the ability to adapt using the developer's preferred rules.
CodeWizard supports SunOS. The price is $999.
ParaSoft Corp., 2031 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016; (818) 305-0041.

Software Implementation

Black & White Software has introduced Integration Manager version 2.0, a software installation and integration tool that works with application development products, including the UIM/X graphical user interface development tool from Visual Edge Software and View.h++ class bindings for OSF/Motif from Rogue Wave Software. Version 2.0 includes an icon-driven interface, package installation from CD-ROM or other media and integration support for additional packages.
Integration Manager supports Sun Solaris, SunOS, HP-UX and SGI Irix. Prices are $250 per single user and $1,000 per network site per platform.
Black & White Software, Inc., 2155 S. Bascom Ave., #210, Campbell, CA 95008; (408) 369-7400.

Software Maintenance

Panoptic Solutions has announced Augur version 1.0, a software performance toolkit designed to correct performance problems in high-end Unix client/sever applications. The product enables software designers to diagnose performance problems during the development phase as well as correct existing applications.
Augur version 1.0 supports HP-UX. A typical scenario of three full licenses is priced at $33,000.
Panoptic Solutions Corp., 856 Wapiti Dr., #1, Box 600, Fraser, CO 80442; (970) 726-5676.

Storage Management

Andataco has introduced Web Storage Manager, a storage management application designed to control and monitor network storage from the Internet. The product works with a browser from Netscape and an Andataco Enterprise Storage Packaging storage subsystem attached to a host. System administrators set their URL to the host to receive information on storage activity and conditions. Web Storage Manager can also send out automatic alerts via e-mail and work with network monitoring products.
Web Storage Manager supports IBM AIX, SunOS, Sun Solaris, HP-UX and SGI Irix. The price is $995.
Andataco, 10140 Mesa Rim Rd., San Diego, CA 92121; (619) 453-9191.

Operating System

Pyramid Technology and parent company Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme AG (SNI) have announced an operating system called Reliant Unix. It is based on Unix System V release 4 (SVR4) with extensions for security, file system recovery, system management and workload balancing. The product supports online component replacement and uninterrupted operation in the event of component failure.
Reliant Unix supports the complete family of Pyramid/SNI Unix platforms.
Pyramid Technology Corp., 3860 N. First St., San Jose, CA 95134; (408) 428-9000.


X Stations

Hewlett-Packard has announced Entria Plus, a line of X stations that replaces current HP Entria products. Entria Plus features include a "fast-boot" capability and the ability to shut down host processes when the power is turned off. According to the vendor, this saves memory and compute resources.
Entria Plus supports HP-UX, IBM AIX and SunOS. Prices range from $1,998 to $4,485.
Hewlett-Packard Co., 3000 Hanover St., Palo Alto, CA 94304; (415) 857-1501.

Visualization Computer

Silicon Graphics has introduced the Onyx InfiniteReality visualization supercomputer, a system that processes graphics, imaging and video data in real time. According to the vendor, the product delivers 10 million polygons per second with the ability to download 200MB per second of data image. It has a pixel fill rate of 800 million textured, anti-aliased pixels per second.
Onyx InfiniteReality supports SGI Irix. Pricing for the two-processor Onyx InfiniteReality 10000 begins at $208,800.
Silicon Graphics, Inc., 2011 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View, CA 94043; (415) 960-1980.

RAID Storage System

Storage Dimensions has announced SuperFlex 5000, a RAID storage system for Sun servers. The product provides dual redundant controllers, a battery-backed and mirrored cache, dual redundant power supplies, triple redundant cooling fan modules and dual lockable A/C input.
SuperFlex supports Sun servers running Solaris 2. Prices start at $15,500.
Storage Dimensions, 1656 McCarthy Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035; (408) 954-0710.

Storage Server

Maximum Strategy has introduced the Strategy S-Series of storage servers. The SCSI-based servers support multiple Unix or Windows NT platforms from a single enclosure and allocate storage resources among attached systems as needed. The vendor claims that the server delivers an aggregate data transfer rate of 200MB per second across up to eight fast-wide or ultra-wide SCSI host connections.
The Strategy S-Series supports SGI Irix, Windows NT, Sun Solaris, IBM AIX and HP-UX platforms. Prices start at $80,000.
Maximum Strategy, Inc., 801 Buckeye Ct., Milpitas, CA 95035; (408) 383-1600.