INDUSTRY WATCH

Sidewinder adds e-mail filtering

Secure Computing Corp. this week will announce plans to provide extensive electronic-mail filtering capabilities in its Sidewinder Security Server for organ-izations deploying the X.400 e-mail protocol which is core to the Defense Department's Defense Message System (DMS).

Sidewinder will filter e-mail messages based on user labels defined within an agency. The X.400 mail features allow organizations to restrict access to sensitive information by defining who can send or receive a message based on the message content and the assigned labels of the sender and the receiver.

In keeping with DMS compatibility requirements Sidewinder also supports X.500 directory services to allow organ-izations to share information in a secure environment. DMS officials have tapped X.500 directory architecture as a key component of the messaging system for managing and providing access to information in a worldwide infrastructure.

DMS-compatible Sidewinder with X.400 and X.500 capabilities will be available immediately.

BMC acquires DataTools

BMC Software Inc. announced plans to acquire Sunnyvale Calif.-based DataTools Inc. a private company focused on the development of enterprise backup and recovery solutions.

According to BMC officials the $60 million cash acquisition is designed to expand the Houston company's existing backup and recovery solutions across the company's key focus areas: application management data management and performance optimization.

DataTools' SQL-BackTrack product line provides automated high-performance backup and recovery of relational databases. SQL-BackTrack is targeted at large organizations with several gigabytes of mission-critical data stored on multiple servers at multiple sites. Today the SQL-BackTrack product line can be launched from BMC's Patrol recovery manager product.

BMC will continue to sell and support the DataTools products as stand-alone solutions as well as further integrate them with other BMC management solutions.

BMC products are used by several federal agencies including the Health Care Finance Administration Federal Aviation Administration Navy Army Marine Corps and Tennessee Valley Authority.

In addition NASA uses Patrol during space shuttle missions to support its mission-control system and the CIA uses Patrol to manage and keep available its Lotus Notes applications and infrastructure.

Logic Works debuts ERwin 3.0

Logic Works Inc. this week will announce the latest version of its ERwin database design tool which is widely used in the Defense Department's business process re-engineering community.

ERwin 3.0 is scalable from the individual user to the enterprise supports iterative development and provides migration facilities that allow users to migrate legacy data models from computer-aided software engineering tools such as Texas Instruments Inc.'s IEF.

The product is available to federal users through the Air Force's Integrated Computer-Aided Software Engineering contract held by Logicon Inc.

Tools vendor expands federal office

Fort Software Inc. an application development tools vendor last week appointed Robert D. Kemmerer to oversee the expansion of the company's federal operation in Rockville Md.

Kemmerer who previously was director of the federal business unit for tools vendor Unify Corp. where he worked for nine years will serve as Fort Software's mid-Atlantic regional sales manager.

-Compiled by Heather Harreld and John Moore.

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