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Kisco BlueFax release 4.2 has new features, lower price; Robot/TRAPPER converts SNMP event notifications into iSeries messages.

Kisco BlueFax release 4.2 has new features, lower price

Kisco Information Systems, Mount Kisco, N.Y., released 4.2 of BlueFax, its iSeries-AS/400 based fax server solution. Enhancements include new communications options, support for AFPDS and IPDS generated reports, support for terminal server solutions and improved spool file handling. Kisco has also announced a decrease in the product?s price. To simplify installation, BlueFax 4.2 now utilizes the standard internal data/fax modem, model 2771 that is shipped with all iSeries AS/400 computers. The product also supports the IBM 7852-400 "Options" Data/Fax modem, and the 8-line internal data/fax modem model 2761.

Kisco Information Systems

Robot/TRAPPER converts SNMP event notifications into iSeries messages

Help/Systems, Inc., developer of the Robot Automated Operations Solution, announced the release of a new product, Robot/TRAPPER. Robot/TRAPPER converts Simple Network Management Protocol(SNMP)even notifications into iSeries messages and allows users to check the status of their network devices at regular intervals. Robot/TRAPPER works with existing networks (additional hardware is notrequired) and optimizes the reliability of the iSeries platform and the wide presence of SNMP event notifications.

Help/Systems, Inc.

IBM Ultrastar 73LZX brings higher reliability to BCC Extender Disk Drive family

BCC Technologies, Irvine, Calif., a manufacturer of IBM midrange storage products, significantly increased disk reliability of their 10K RPM Extender Disk Drive (EDD) family by incorporating IBM's new Ultrastar 73LZX hard drive assemblies (HDAs). This upgrade provides iSeries users a significant choice in available disk subsystems and completes the BCC EDD family of disk subsystems. The new 73LZX HDAs provide BCC's 10K EDD with significant new reliability features that are in great demand for enterprise and high-end servers. The list of new reliability features in IBM's 73LZX are strengthened by BCC's Block Size Monitoring and SCSI Priority Monitoring innovations, introduced with this newest generation of BCC disks for today's no-fail applications and computing environments of the iSeries.

BCC Technologies

B.O.S. adds dial backup and improved printer support

B.O.S. Better On-line Solutions, Teradion, Israel, announced a new Dial Backup feature for its e-Twin@x Controller a complete hardware and software solution that provides a secure, encrypted connection to the AS/400 over the Internet or WAN and empowers local or remote Twinax networks to support TCP/IP. Version 2.50 of the e-Twin@x Controller includes a new Dial Backup feature for controllers that are connected to an AS/400 using a LAN connection (via the Internet routers or a separate Frame Relay network). If the LAN connection fails, the Dial Backup provides (via an attached modem) an additional method to connect to the AS/400.

e-Twin@x Controller

B.O.S. Better On-line Solutions Teradion

Work anywhere with BCD's portable Web development tool

The portable PC-based development capabilities of the Web-Wireless application development solution, ProGen WebSmart, from  Business Computer Design International, Inc. (BCD), Chicago, Ill. enables technicians to develop dynamic iSeries - AS/400 applications without needing to be connected to an iSeries - AS/400 computer until they are ready to compile or download additional repository files that they want to work with. Complete dynamic IBM iSeries - AS/400 server-based web/wireless applications can be developed on a laptop computer using WebSmart's Interactive Development Environment (IDE). Technicians can develop at work, while traveling and at home.

The ProGen WebSmart Interactive Development Environment (IDE) for unlimited developers ranges from $6,000 to $9,000. The Web Application Server (WAS) for unlimited users runs $4,500 to $9,500 based on the model and processor.

Business Computer Design International, Inc. (BCD)

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