Attachmate Corp, the Bellevue Washington software vendor that specializes in providing host access and management solutions, yesterday announced a new product to enable businesses to access data from Unix/VMS environments. Attachmate e-Vantage is a server based, Unix/VMS host access management solution that allows companies to migration their of Unix/VMS networks to the intranet, extranet, and internet. Attachment said there are over 2.6 million Unix and VMS systems installed worldwide and the number is expected to grow to almost 3.7 million by 2002. Unix/VMS servers are especially well-positioned for e-business because of their integrated nature and support for Internet technologies, it said. The new e-Vantage for Unix/VMS environments is designed for small to mid-sized organizations, or departments within large corporations. The software works by enabling administrators to extend midrange applications and database access by managing and controlling the connection of desktops and thin clients, over any link, to any Unix/VMS. Paulo Chow, Attachmate’s senior director of product marketing told ComputerWire the key benefit of e-Vantage is that it provides centralized management. He said: It’s the only solution in the Unix/VMS management market with management capabilities able to provide a single point of control, central configuration of all clients, thick and thin, comprehensive security management, and distribution of thin client software with full fault tolerance and recovery. It supports Microsoft COM/Windows DNA model and Java/Corba standards in any combination, which means customers won’t get locked into one technology, he added. Customers wishing to purchase the system must buy the Attachment e-Vantage Host Access Server for Unix/VMS ($4,995) and Attachmate e-Vantage Client Access Licenses; the starter pack costs $245 and subsequent licenses cost an additional $65. Attachment is also offering consulting services to assist with system migration and application development. The server software is currently only available for NT platforms although the company is planning to add extra platform support in the near future, Chow said. The software will be available at the end of 1998.