Attachmate Corp has unveiled version 1.0 of its new PathWay Server for Windows NT alongside the 6.0 release of its PathWay NFS client which now also supports Windows NT clients. The new server offering is compatible with any host running Sun’s Network File System, to enable file, application and printer sharing across TCP/IP networks. Attachmate also says it’s compatible with Unix, NT, VMS, and HP hosts, IBM mainframe environments, as well as NFS versions 2 and 3. The company believes its offering has the edge over rivals because it is a server implementation and benefits from the expertise it gained with the acquisition of Wollongong Group Inc back in early 1996 (CI No 2,837). The key feature, according to the company, is its dynamic server reconfiguration which enables users to to change configurations without rebooting the server. It’s pushing the usual network management and monitoring features with server statistics and diagnoses. There’s also integration with Windows NT’s event logging and service control manager and security features with support for Access Control Lists as well as User and Group Access Control Entries. Attachmate says it can support an unlimited number of clients. Meanwhile the company says additional support for Windows NT 4.0 on the client side will help customers migrate to 32-bit processing more smoothly. The Bellevue, Washington- based firm claims to be the world’s largest privately held PC software company with estimated revenues this year in the region of $300m. Attachmate maintains it has around 12 million users in the VT and IBM connectivity software market, going up against the likes of WRQ Inc, Hummingbird Communications Ltd and smaller players such as Netmanage Inc. And if the company had a silver bullet to take out any of its competitors? We’d probably need a machine gun to cover all our business says Paulo Chow, vice president of marketing, but our open systems business is the market leader and we intend to aggressively defend that position. PathWay Server NFS is available now running on Intel and Digital Alpha priced at $395. The NFS client is due for release on Windows NT, Windows 95 and 3.x by the end of the year priced at $100 or $30 for an upgrade.
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