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September 17, 1998

STERLING UPDATES REMOTE SYSTEM MANAGEMENT TOOLS

By CBR Staff Writer

Sterling Commerce Inc has announced the first enhancements to the remote system management products it got with its acquisition of XcelleNet Inc, which closed in July. The Mountain View company has released version 3.3 of Connect:Remote, which used to be known as RemoteWare, which comprises a server and a set of client agents. The company has enhanced the modules that make up the client side of Connect:Remote, the software, inventory, antivirus, backup and subscriber managers and also introduced its first support for Microsoft Corp’s systems management server (SMS) and the second cut of its IBM Corp Tivoli TME10 module. The SMS manager includes centralized software administration to both LAN-attached and remote systems and automatic change management. The second version of the Tivoli module adds the ability to manage both Connect:Remote and Tivoli clients from the Tivoli console as well as software distribution to remote systems, extending beyond the LAN. In the software manager module, a capture facility has been added that only delivers the changes to remote clients, rather than the entire software package. Distributed server support and better administration controls have also been added. With inventory manager, Sterling has enhanced the rules-based support, added scheduling options and more detailed client view. The anti-virus module, which is based around Network Associates Inc’s McAfee product, now gets automatic updates on viruses direct from the McAfee web site. Backup manager now has workstation support and faster detection of inactive connections. Overall on the client side, support has been added for IBM Corp’s 4690 point of sale terminal and for SCO UnixWare. Previously it only support 16- and 32-bit Windows, MS-DOS and OS/2. The company has also plugged in support for European ISDN in its attempt to get more out of the European market.

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