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October 25, 1995

DAZEL LINES UP PARTNERS FOR ITS OUTPUT SERVER AND CLIENT, AS IT THROWS COLD WATER ON PRINTXCHANGE

By CBR Staff Writer

Unix vendors may be eyeing the network printer control and management sector with renewed vigour (CI No 2,753), but Austin, Texas-based Dazel Corp plans to leave them in the starting blocks with its own output management system. To further its ambitions, Dazel last week unfurled a series of partnerships and integration deals. AT&T Global Information Systems is integrating the Dazel software with its Unix System V.4 MP-RAS, while Tivoli Systems Inc will begin shipping a Dazel-Tivoli Event Adaptor next month as part of the Tivoli Enterprise Console. Dazel’s already got Computer Associates International Inc and Irvine, California-based 4th Dimension Software Ltd in the bag (CI No 2,725), and has partnered with Powersoft Corp and Dynasty Technologies Inc to provide class libraries for third party vendors’ add-ons (CI No 2,580). The company plans to sustain the edge it reckons it has over IBM Corp’s Printing Systems Manager and the planned Xerox Corp, Digital Equipment Corp and SunSoft Inc PrintXchange alliance, with the version 3.0 release of the Dazel output server and release 2.0 of its Dazel express client, both planned for the middle of next year. The releases will include new Unix and NT versions, plus unbundled offerings, along with added destination support for linotype machines used by print shops, electronic mail and NetWare interoperability. Dazel has been shipping an output management system for the last two years and reckons Printing Systems Manager and PrintXchange offer a restricted Unix-only print offering, instead of full enterprise server-based output management. Printing Systems Manager is an AIX-only Distributed Computing Environment system, while PrintXchange will support only alliance systems, Fabbio said. Dazel also supports facsimile transmission, Print Command Language, PostScript and ASCII, pagers and electronic mail, with other Internet facilities in hand. Up on SunOS, Solaris, HP-UX, AIX and Windows, with support for Distributed Computing Environment and access gateways for MVS and NetWare, a 10-user server licence costs $19,500 and a single-user client licence is $100.

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