INDUSTRY WATCH

NT common theme at Networld + Interop A TLANTA - Of the hundreds of products unveiled or demonstrated at the Networld + Interop trade show here last week many had at least two letters in common: NT.

Vendors have either embraced Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT or at least accepted the operating system as a fact of life among high-end users in the government and elsewhere.

Amid much hoopla Sun Microsystems Inc. unveiled its Solstice intranet management products which Sun is positioning as a way to manage NT in the intranet environment more efficiently than with NT tools from Microsoft.

"In the federal government you've got very large networks with a lot of Windows-based machines moving to NT " said Terry Keeley Sun's vice president and general manager for Solstice software products. "They look at Sun products as support for heterogeneous environments."

Solstice products include Enterprise Manager 2.0 for managing devices in an enterprisewide network Network Client a set of intranet/Internet tools and applications for Windows Security Manager 4.3 for access control in distributed environments Firewall-1 2.1 for data security Job Scheduler Pro 3.3 for scheduling and monitoring any job run by a licensed client and Internet Mail Server 2.0 a mail system for Solaris workgroups.

Keeley said some federal agencies are evaluating Solstice products but he declined to name them.Intergraph Corp. which has also been shifting toward NT for the past four years promoted its new DiskAccess NFS client product at the show.

Software developers at Intergraph partnered with Sun two years ago to develop PC NFS a system that allows users to access Unix files on a PC. Ronald Jolly senior marketing analyst for integration products at Intergraph said his company worked closely with Microsoft to improve on PC NFS with its DiskAccess. At Networld + Interop the company introduced a special offer to drop the commercial price of Disk-Access from $325 to $149 until the end of the year.

Jolly said Intergraph working without Sun decided to rebuild NFS from the ground up tightly coupling the system with the NT kernel. He said the result was a twofold increase in performance.

Also at Networld + Interop Banyan Systems Inc. demonstrated its StreetTalk for Windows NT and the recently introduced VINES 7.0 operating system [FCW Sept. 2]. Banyan has ported its StreetTalk directory system and its messaging technology to NT allowing those products to sit side by side with Microsoft BackOffice. VINES 7.0 and NT will co-exist at the operating system level but both will be accessible to users on the same PC.

"Customers are deploying services on NT " said Jay Seaton Banyan's director of field marketing. "It's really kind of dumb to make them use two boxes."

Seaton said more than 30 percent of Banyan's business is in the federal market including a huge installed base in the Marine Corps. He stressed that Banyan will continue to support VINES.

- Brad Bass

Novell introduces GroupWise 5

Novell Inc. introduced a new version of its client/server electronic messaging system that offers document management capabilities as part of its Universal Mail Box and comes with native support for Internet standards such as TCP/IP and SMTP/MIME.

Novell's GroupWise 5 will be sold through resellers off the General Services Administration schedule and will be added to indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contracts the company is now on said Richard Carlson director of Novell's major market operations.

Carlson said GroupWise 5 is also the "baseline for our [Defense Message System] solution and is expected to begin formal testing in December." Novell plans to get its messaging products certified for DMS even though the company is not on the DMS pact. DMS was awarded to Lockheed Martin Corp. last year.

GroupWise 5's Universal Mail Box provides a single place for users to access personal calendaring group scheduling tasks voice mail faxes and other message types from the desktop and via the Internet using GroupWise Access. GroupWise Access allows users to access the Universal Mail Box from any Hypertext Markup Language-compliant Internet browser.

BDM International Inc. a McLean Va. integrator is among the companies that have announced support for GroupWise 5. BDM will offer consulting services to organizations that migrate and roll-out the new version of the product.

- Colleen O'HARA

Integrators win HUD task-order contracts

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has selected Computer Sciences Corp. ICF Kaiser and Tanya Inc. to support grant recipients of HUD's Community Planning and Development programs.

The companies will assist financial officers in city governments throughout the United States that use HUD's Integrated Disbursement and Information System to tap Community Planning and Development grant funds. The firms will compete for task orders worth $40 million over five years.

CSC said it will provide operational support training survey data collection and data analysis and reporting. It will provide services through its System Sciences Division Calverton Md.

- John Moore

Lockheed taps Digital Microsoft for messagingLockheed Martin Corp. has awarded Digital Equipment Corp. and Microsoft Corp. a contract to design and install a corporatewide messaging system.

Digital the prime contractor will provide systems integration AlphaServer systems and messaging backbone software. Microsoft meanwhile will provide its Exchange Server messaging system. The project is potentially worth $13 million.

Bill Black a consultant for enterprise initiatives at Lockheed Martin said the new messaging system will enhance the company's electronic communications with federal agencies in support of contracts. He also said the messaging system provides the "foundation for electronic commerce" but added that the Digital contract does not specifically include EC services.

- John Moore

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