WebSphere Extended Deployment
IBM has unveiled WebSphere Extended Deploy-ment, software that automatically optimizes the performance of software and hardware, particularly during unexpected spikes in usage or changing market conditions. The product runs on IBM’s WebSphere Application Server, and is said to more efficiently balance the workload among applications and servers.
The software monitors network efficiency, farming out unexpected workloads to underutilized hardware and software. Network managers have the option of confirming optimizations before they happen. It also partitions large jobs over many processors, databases, application software and app servers. Workloads can be prioritized so that important transactions are processed first, while a dashboard keeps administrators current on system performance. It can be directly combined with and managed in the same way as the application server, which can help businesses to reuse existing skills.
WebSphere Extended Deployment is currently in the beta
testing phase, and will become generally available later this year.
SecureObjects, from SPI Dynamics, is a class library of objects aimed at providing application security. The product helps developers to write secure application code by providing commonly used objects that are written securely. The first version will be
integrated with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003.
Version 1.0 gives developers security expertise without requiring them to change their development processes, and helps businesses to incorporate security early in the development cycle.
SecureObjects 1.0 validates input with objects that check incoming data on
Web forms to validate input against a set of rules. It handles errors with
objects that manage the security events generated from the other objects in the
library. These objects catch security events as they occur, initiate responses
and create an event log. In addition, the product’s Microsoft Visual Studio .NET
2003 integration includes wizards and drag-and-drop capabilities to help
implement the product within projects built with Microsoft ASP.NET.
SPI Dynamics Inc.,
Borland Together Edition for Microsoft Visual
Borland Together Edition for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET is a design and modeling tool for developers. This release offers additional support for Microsoft developers and is aimed at providing developers and architects with a way to better align the software they create with business requirements.
The product gives developers a view into how a company’s system architecture maps to the phases of app development. Improved Microsoft Visual C# and Visual Basic .NET reverse-engineering capabilities in the Borland LiveSource feature provide UML class diagram views of existing source code and the ability to generate sequence diagrams. Additional Visual C# .NET audits in Borland Together Edition for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET enable users to analyze code and models, and find potential quality problems early. A refactoring feature offers developers intelligent automation features to make changes to code and design without breaking the app, and to propagate them throughout the system’s code.
The Borland Together Edition for Microsoft Visual Studio
.NET is priced at $199 per seat.
Borland Software Corp.,
Scotts Valley, Calif.,
Model Builder for Predictive Analytics release 2.1
Fair Isaac Corp. has announced release 2.1 of Model Builder for Predictive
Analytics, an advanced modeling platform to jump-start the predictive modeling
process, enabling rapid development and deployment of predictive models into
enterprise-class decision applications.
The new release is said to enable clients to create more
accurate predictive scores with performance inference processing, and to
integrate Model Builder more easily into mainframe environments. Clients can
define, test and deploy models to production systems, including mainframes,
without recoding by programmers.
Fair Isaac Corp.,
CollabNet Enterprise Edition 3.0
CollabNet Enterprise Edition 3.0 is a Web-based development platform that is said to boost the productivity of geographically distributed software dev teams and align IT initiatives with business objectives.
Components include the CollabNet Project Dashboard, an
option to Enterprise Edition 3.0 that provides real-time, color-coded reports
and graphs to manage software development complexity; CollabNet Task Management,
a user-intuitive, project management to-do list and status reporting tool that
is also available as an option; CollabNet SCM, which is designed specifically
for distributed, Internet-based development and manages changes to files and
directories; and CollabNet Bridge for IBM Rational ClearCase, which allows users
to extend their investment in IBM Rational ClearCase.
Desktop Authority and ScriptLogic Enterprise
ScriptLogic Corp. has released Version 5.5 of its Desktop Authority and ScriptLogic Enterprise desktop administration software.
The latest version includes new desktop agent technology
that enables additional control and specific administrative actions while users
are logged on. Other enhancements include exclusive Validation Logic technology
that has been expanded to include Active Directory computer groups, and custom
functions and variables; and a new back-end architecture that is said to
increase performance and scalability of profile authentication in environments
with many domain controllers.
Altiris HelpDesk Solution 6.0
Altiris HelpDesk Solution 6.0 provides Smart tasks that let users leverage Altiris asset and system management tools directly from a help desk incident.
A new end-user portal allows users to search for common problem fixes, open a service request or log an incident to ultimately reduce service desk overhead and free time for strategic IT projects. Parent/child asset relationships allow IT organizations to better understand the risk of change within an environment while assigning costs to collections of assets. In addition, role-based security is provided for user-specific roles and fine-grained access control.
Altiris HelpDesk Solution 6.0 is a component of Altiris
Asset Management Suite; price is $2,250 per concurrent user.
Cactus GDS Accelerator for Microsoft BizTalk
Cactus Commerce has launched Cactus GDS Accelerator for Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004. It allows firms to connect to UCCnet, trade with retail and supplier partners, and integrate accurate real-time data into existing management systems.
Features include a GUI that removes the need for
programming while managing item data; real-time business activity monitoring;
and support for UCCnet, Web services, HTTP and EDI-INT (AS2). Cactus
WRQ has announced the latest release of WRQ Reflection, its products for Windows, Web and PC X server host access.
The latest version extends functionality to benefit administrators, developers and end users who must manage and work with host systems and the mission-critical data and applications they store. New and enhanced features address centralized IT management, advanced security, customization, technology interoperability and user productivity.
The product family provides Web-based and Windows-based emulation that
connects browser users to IBM, HP, Tandem, Unix and OpenVMS host applications;
PC X server, which connects Windows users to graphical and character apps on
Unix, Linux and OpenVMS hosts; and NFS client, which gives Windows users access
to NFS resources.
Sanctum Inc. has announced AppScan 4.5, a security testing tool to deliver standardized Web application security testing across the enterprise.
Features include new privacy checks and enhanced XML
testing that supplement existing ASV and CWV testing; environment-specific fix
recommendations (J2EE and .NET) that improve communication between developer, QA
and audit groups; and new results communication tools that facilitate the
communication of results among development teams and to C-level management,
including XSLT templates for advanced editing and reporting of results content.
Santa Clara, Calif.,
WebCharts3D Version 5.0
WebCharts3D Version 5.0 produces complex interactive charts in a number of formats and delivers them to browsers and mobile devices.
Version 5.0 adds a versatile chart designer with integrated image server, DTD and XSD schema production, API for Swing designer components, multiview charts, animated Flash generation, new shading and gradient effects. Interactive charts can be produced in the
following formats: PNG, JPEG, PDF, SVG, SWF, GIF, TIFF and WBMP.
A free 30-day evaluation copy is available at www.gpoint.com/demo.
New York, N.Y.,
TestView Web Testing Suite
TestView is a Web testing solution that integrates RadView Software’s functional, load and scalability testing software and includes new test management software through a central console.
The TestView Web Testing Suite combines intelligent and dynamic results reporting with the ability to define and run an unlimited number of tests in a distributed environment. This provides users with the flexibility to run extensive, complex tests. The reporting capability lets users review their test results from the highest summary level to the most detailed and individual test scripts. The suite consists of WebLoad 7.0, WebFT 4.0 and TestView Manager.
The suite is available through RadView’s flexible
licensing program. Pricing starts at $26,000, depending on configuration.
RadView Software Ltd.,
Metapa Cluster DataBase (CDB) 1.0
Metapa Cluster DataBase (CDB) 1.0 is a Linux clustering platform “purpose-built” for business intelligence.
CDB offers 10-to-50 times query and insert performance
gains; incremental scalability of the data warehouse to meet growing data
volumes; non-invasive, centralized cluster management and administration;
built-in enterprise-class reliability and failover; and support for standard
database interfaces (SQL, JDBC, ODBC).
WebFocus Express is a pared-down installation of WebFocus designed chiefly for VARs. The product has all components running on a single Windows machine using default settings, so VARs that are considering creating and distributing Web-based systems can do so cost-effectively.
The Web-ready data access and reporting system connects
users to data. WebFocus accesses and processes information in any format,
located on any platform, and presents the information to users through a Web
browser or in outputs such as HTML, PDF and Microsoft Excel. WebFocus Express
components include Developer Studio, WebFocus Client and WebFocus Reporting
Information Builders Inc.,
New York, N.Y.,
DataMirror PointBase Version 5.0
Version 5.0 of DataMirror’s PointBase technology is said to improve
overall system performance and to reduce costs associated with maintenance.
PointBase Embedded now has deadlock detection as well as an improved
client/server protocol, and B-tree and query processing enhancements. PointBase
UniSync now updates rows deleted after synchronization, while PointBase Micro
supports DataSource interfaces. DataMirror,