Elliptic Curve Cryptography wins more converts

Certicom Corp.'s effort to promote the standardization of its encryption technology has gained momentum with the backing of seven additional companies. Certicom's Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) can be used for encrypting information and for generating a digital signature, which is encrypted data

Commerce group to release key-recovery draft plan

A group in the Commerce Department expects to release soon a draft standard on key recovery, a system that enables users to recover encrypted data through a socalled back door should they lose their key.

Super challenger

Supercomputing, once the domain of largescale systems specifically designed to crunch numbers for scientific applications, is becoming more mainstream. As an alternative to the highly specialized supercomputer system architectures, vendors such as Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) and IBM Corp. are deve

Raosoft energizes survey wares

Raosoft Inc. next month will release the first Microsoft Corp. Windowsbased version of its EZReport data analysis package, along with an enhanced version of SurveyWin, its survey automation software. The statistical report writer, EZReport 4.0., will be available for the first time with a graphica

ATM over satellite: A bandwidth boon

Some of the many agencies that have adopted highspeed Asynchronous Transfer Mode as their backbone network technology of choice are now pushing to the next level with ATMoversatellite communications. For the Defense Department, this technology promises to provide remote users such as those on

CBT Systems unveils IT-support training

CBT Systems last week announced a new computerbased training package aimed at information technology support personnel. The new Technical Support 'curriculum,' which is focused on the A+ certification program of the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), covers PC hardware configurat

Cognos ships EC toolkit

Cognos Inc., a Canadian business intelligence software vendor, plans to begin shipping this week a new release of DataMerchant 2.0, its electronic commerce software development toolkit for improving databasedriven EC applications. The 2.0 release includes an enhancement dubbed Dynamos, which is an

FMS software

While activity in the federal market for financial applications has been building for several years, changes now are occurring at a rapid rate in terms of the technology being offered and how it is being sold. Financial management system (FMS) software has been an important issue for agencies since

Sterling expands application toolset with Synon

Sterling Software Inc.'s acquisition of Synon Corp., finalized earlier this month, has expanded the scope of Sterling's Applications Development Division to include support for new platforms and new development technology. While Dallasbased Sterling has concentrated on mainframe and Unix tools, Sy

Savant adds new tools to diagnostic software

Savant Corp. last week announced the availability of a new release of its visual performance monitoring software for Oracle Corp. database management systems, adding a new set of analysis and problem resolution tools. The Q Diagnostic Center consolidates a view of the entire database environment in

Boole extends scope, accessibility of Command/Post

Boole & Babbage Inc. has introduced a new version of its Command/Post systems management system that improves the support for management activity at a variety of levels in an organization and broadens the support for other vendors' management tools. With Command/Post 4, the system offers access to

Response Networks takes on 'brownouts'

Touting what it calls a new approach to application monitoring, Response Networks Inc. last month started shipping a product designed to diagnose the causes of 'brownouts,' or slowdowns in application performance. VeriServ measures application performance based on how quickly an application respond

The expanding world of enterprise storage

The enterprise storage market has become an information technology boomtown as customers begin to extend the concept of 'enterprise' from the mainframe to other platforms outside the data center and as the amount of data on all platforms continues to grow. The change is happening as customers expan

Buying tips for Year 2000 tools

The impending challenge facing managers to get their code and embedded software ready for the Year 2000 has prompted industry to create thousands of tools to help find and automate the fixes. But for anxious buyers, the dizzying choice of tools often adds to the confusion. Whether you are shopping

Smartronix toughens Panasonic laptop

Although the solid magnesium case of Panasonic's CF25 laptop makes it unusually tough, some military users are taking its ruggedization a step further with the assistance of startup hardware and software designer Smartronix Inc. Smartronix, based in California, Md., is providing users with extra

StorageTek debuts tape WORM

Storage Technology Corp. last week introduced the industry's first nonrewritable tape product, called VolSafe, which is designed for federal agencies and other customers that need to ensure the preservation of data or electronic documents. Agencies that need the ability to protect documents from b

Enterworks expands data integration tool

Middleware vendor Enterworks Inc. last month announced a new release of its Virtual DB data integration software that expands the range of tools the product works with, including Microsoft Corp.'s Windowsbased database tools. Virtual DB is an 'information generation' tool that lets users build a u

Cognos upgrades query, report tools

As part of a strategy to create more sophisticated methods of managing and distributing reports, software vendor Cognos Inc. this month announced forthcoming new releases of two of its database querying and reporting tools. Cognos develops 'business intelligence' software that helps organizations e

Starlight delivers software to improve data streaming

Starlight Networks Inc. last week introduced a new product designed to improve the performance of multimedia applications by simplifying the process of streaming over the Internet audio, video and other types of information. Streaming involves sending multiple types of data, such as audio, video, s

When Lightning Strikes

As Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT server grows in popularity, major vendors have released a torrent of clustering solutions, which are either homegrown or based on Microsoft's own clustering technology. These new solutions provide federal users with a rich menu of choices at both the high and low en

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