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Latest Releases for Open Systems



HR Management

IBM has introduced HR Access, a system for human resource management, payroll and benefits. Integrated with Lotus Notes, HR Access distributes HR information to line managers and employees. It includes a set of Notes templates that enable employees to update personal information, select benefits and access performance reviews. Information can be accessed by Notes desktop clients, Web browsers on the Internet or intranets, or telephone-based, interactive voice-response systems. HR Access runs on IBM AIX. The price is $100,000 for 10,000 or fewer users.

IBM Corp., Old Orchard Rd., Armonk, NY 10504; (914) 765-1900.

Network Security

ICL has introduced AccessManager 4, a network security software product that controls user access to information over internal networks. The product also provides single and automated logon, as well as role-based access control. AccessManager runs in a client/server environment with Sun Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX and ICL Unix SVR4, as well as NetWare and Windows NT. The price is $100 per user.

ICL, Inc., 11490 Commerce Park Dr., Reston, VA 22091; (703) 648-3300.

Data Warehouse Access

Prism Solutions has introduced Prism Directory Manager 2.5, which enables users to access data warehouse information through a directory of its contents expressed in both business and technical terms. Version 2.5 includes the ability to share metadata (information about data in the warehouse) by establishing a common layer of metadata between Directory Manager and data warehouse Directory Manager 2.5 runs with Informix, Oracle, Sybase and Teradata databases on Unix servers (including HP-UX, IBM AIX, Sun Solaris and SCO OpenServer), as well as DB2 on IBM MVS platforms. Prices are $40,000 for Unix-based databases and $55,000 for DB2.

Prism Solutions, Inc., 1000 Hamlin Ct., Sunnyvale, CA 94089; (408) 752-1888.

Web Security

Haystack Labs has introduced WebStalker, a Web security tool. The product monitors for illegal activities on a continuous, 24-hours-a-day basis and is designed to prevent intruders from executing commands. Features include an HTML-based interviewer for installing the product, as well as various alert options including e-mail, report, SNMP trap, pager and unique, programmed responses. WebStalker runs on Sun Solaris and IBM AIX. The price is $4,995 per license.

Haystack Labs, Inc., 10713 Hwy. 620 N, #521, Austin, TX 78726; (512) 918-3555.

Internet File Transfers

Momentum Systems has announced F-Mail, an Internet product designed for electronic commerce file transfers using the TCP/IP File Transfer Protocol. According to the vendor, F-Mail supports automated and secure mailbox services for scheduled delivery and retrieval, confirms delivery of files, allows transfer of nontext data without MIME encoding and decoding, and supports security callback. F-Mail runs on Sun Solaris. The price is $3,500.

Momentum Systems, Ltd., 2 Executive Dr., #10, Moorestown, NJ 08057, (609) 727-0777.

Customer Information

Clarify has introduced Account Manager, which is designed to enable service managers to access, update and distribute information on customer accounts to their service organizations. In addition to providing a user-defined view of account data, it incorporates a messaging facility for time-sensitive communications and a case browser for access to account activity. Account Manager runs on Sun Solaris, SGI Irix, IBM AIX and Windows NT. Clients run on Unix/Motif, Windows and Macintosh. The price is $15,000.

Clarify, Inc., 2702 Orchard Pkwy., San Jose, CA 95134; (408) 428-2000.

Fax Management

SCH Technologies has introduced Merkur, a fax management system for client/server environments. Features include centralized administration, multiple fax lines, inbound fax routing, digitized signature storage, document markup and resend, DID and ISDN compatibility, and PostScript levels 1 and 2 support. Merkur runs on DG-UX, Digital UX, HP-UX, IBM AIX, SCO Open Server, Sequent, Interactive Unix, SGI Irix, Sun Solaris, NCR V.4, Olivetti, Siemens and Motorola, as well as Windows (3.X, 95 and NT). Pricing starts at $975.

SCH Technologies, 895 Central Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45202; (513) 579-0455.

Application Development

Thomson Software Products has announced Talkinx, a development product for building applications that require interprocess communications in peer-to-peer networks and three-tier client/server environments. Talkinx supports three-tier applications with a six-function API and is accompanied by an object library with links to the application at build time. It also supports other native GUI builders for X and Motif interfaces. Talkinx runs on Sun Solaris, HP-UX, SGI Irix, IBM AIX and OSF/1. The price is $2,995.

Thomson Software Products, 10251 Vista Sorrento Pkwy., #300, San Diego, CA 92121; (619) 457-2700.

Object-Oriented Development

Tower Technology has announced TowerEiffel 2.0, an object-oriented, life-cycle development environment for building reusable frameworks, applications and systems. It includes a compiler, programming tools, support for group development, distributed processing and numerical calculations, reusable GUI libraries and an ODBC interface. TowerEiffel runs on SunOS and Solaris, HP-UX, SGI Irix, Linux and NextStep, as well as Windows (95 and NT). Prices are $1,995 for Unix platforms and $995 for Windows and Linux.

Tower Technology Corp., 1501 W. Koening Ln., Austin, TX 78756; (512) 452-9455.

PC Terminal Emulation

UniPress Software has introduced PowerTerm, a terminal emulator that links PCs running Windows to Unix, IBM AS/400 and mainframe platforms. It emulates various terminal types and communicates via TCP/IP and other methods. PowerTerm runs on SunOS and Solaris, IBM AIX, HP-UX, Digital Unix and DG-UX, as well as OpenVMS, OS/400 and MVS. Prices range from $99 to $199. The complete PowerTerm family costs $299.

UniPress Software, Inc., 2025 Lincoln Hwy., Edison, NJ 08817; (908) 287-2100.


Talarian has announced SmartSockets 4.0, a message-oriented middleware product that enables programs to communicate across LANs, WANs and the Internet. According to the vendor, Version 4.0 includes features for scalability, security and the ability for customers to add their own protocols. The architecture provides a hierarchical namespace, dynamic routing of messages and recovery from transient network failures. SmartSockets 4.0 also includes a C API, a C++ class library and a GUI for monitoring and debugging. SmartSockets 4.0 runs on SunOS and Solaris, IBM AIX, HP-UX, SGI Irix, Digital Unix and Windows NT. A sample price is $16,000 for a developer's seat on Unix with 20 connections.

Talarian Corp., 444 Castro St., #140, Mountain View, CA 94041; (415) 965-8050.


Server Series

IBM has introduced three RS/6000 servers: models G40, J40 and R40. They use symmetric multiprocessing with the PowerPC 604 chip. The servers can provide High Availability Cluster Multiprocessing (HACMP), which allows clusters of RS/6000 servers to provide backup in the event of a system outage. RS/6000 models G40, J40 and R40 run IBM AIX. Prices start at $25,000 for G40, $54,000 for J40 and $69,000 for R40.

IBM Corp., Old Orchard Rd., Armonk, NY 10504; (914) 765-1900.

Workstation and Server

Axil Computer has introduced the Ultima 1/E+ workstation/server. Based on the 64-bit UltraSparc architecture, it provides up to 200MHz of clock speed, up to 512MB of RAM and four SBus slots to support graphics, networking or I/O. Support for 100mbps Fast Ethernet and 20mbps Fast/Wide SCSI is integrated on the main processor board. The system also supports internal CD-ROM or DAT drives, a diskette drive and up to two hard disk drives for a maximum of 4.2GB. Ultima 1/E+ runs Sun Solaris. Prices start at $21,265.

Axil Computer, Inc., 3151 Coronado Dr., Santa Clara, CA 95054; (408) 486-5700.

UltraSparc Server

Integrix has announced the IGS1170E, a 167MHz, 64-bit UltraSparc server. It can act as an Internet gateway server with four SBus slots for options. It also includes a software package for e-mail, a proxy firewall, the Netscape server, WAIS access and anonymous FTP. The IGS1170E features a 4.2GB hard disk, 64MB of main memory, 6x CD-ROM and a 1.44MB auto-floppy drive. IGS1170E runs Sun Solaris. The price is $18,500.

Integrix, Inc., 1200 Lawrence Dr., #150, Newbury Park, CA 91320; (805) 375-1055.

Network Computer

HDS Network Systems has announced HDS @workStation, a network computer that provides Internet access and the ability to support PC, Unix and mainframe applications. It can run Java applets, a Netscape-compatible browser and an HTML interface. The base configuration includes 4MB of RAM, keyboard, mouse, 17-inch gray-scale monitor, Ethernet, one serial port and one parallel port. Its operating system, HDS netOS, supports IP, HTML, HTTP, the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, mail protocols and multimedia formats. HDS @workStation runs Unix applications (including HP-UX, IBM AIX, Sun Solaris, SGI Irix, Digital Unix, DG-UX and SCO OpenServer), as well as MVS and Windows (3.X, 95 and NT) applications. The computer is priced at $750, the operating system at $400.

HDS Network Systems, Inc., 400 Feheley Dr., King of Prussia, PA 19406; (610) 277-8300.

Tape Drive

Tecmar Technologies has introduced the Wangtek 52000 quarter-inch cartridge tape drive. It features a native capacity of 2.5GB and compatibility with most DC6000-class data cartridge drive formats. The Wangtek 52000 runs with HP-UX, Sun Solaris, SGI Irix, SCO Open Server, IBM AIX, Digital Unix and DG-UX. The price is $500.

Tecmar Technologies, Inc., 1900 Pike Rd., Longmont, CO 80501; (303) 682-3700.