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Data General Corp has finally productized the combination of its B2-secure DG/UX Unix and McClean, Virginia-based BDM International Inc’s CyberShield Internet security system. It has put the two together with the Open Market Inc WebServer and is offering the bundle for intranet-to-electronic commerce requirements running on its Intel Corp-based AViiON servers. An entry-level Cybershield package including a two-way AViiON, DG-UX with B2 options, BDM and Open Market software, plus service and support, starts at $50,000. Open Market’s other web-based electronic commerce and security packages are also supported. It is the first in a series of server-oriented secure internet combinations the company will offer in a Netward line of products. Data General is expected to add Oracle Corp’s Web Request Broker – literally a request broker for the web – product in due course as it expects organizations which want to web-enable their relational database systems to be amongst its best customers for the solution. The Oracle product requires a Java license for server-based applications. Open Market on Windows NT and UnixWare and other firewall-based Netward packages are expected. DG already supports Raptor Systems firewall products on DG-UX. DG hopes that Cybershield, accommodating three roles in one, will prove especially attractive to UK-based internet service providers which are now being limited to an allocation of 16 IP addresses each. The software is also available to DG’s 88000- based AViiON base. The company says Netward products should be thought of as addressing traditional data processing markets. Its anticipated thin servers being created by Tom West’s Thiin Server unit will provide routing, caching and ISDN connections to thin clients. They will be targeted at consumer appliance, home and small office environments. Meantime Tektronix Inc says it will offer a customized version of Data General Clariion Series 2000 RAID 3 disk storage system as its PR200 Profile RAID system.

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