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August 16, 1996


By CBR Staff Writer

Distributed Computing Environment house Transarc Corp is offering another one of its thin clients to provide access to additional Distributed Computing Environment services from Microsoft Corp Windows desktops. DFS-Light is effectively a Windows NT gateway that enables LAN Manager to send requests to a Distributed File System server and retrieve DFS files in their native format to personal computers. A user completes a password routine to authenticate a request; the routine is cached for subsequent access requests. Transarc recently began shipping a Distributed Computing Environment and Encina client for Windows called DeLite. DFS-Light does not require DeLite. Transarc’s plans for Java-enabled clients are still under wraps. DFS-Light costs $150 per user under Windows and Windows NT this quarter. Meantime, Transarc’s parent IBM Corp has put its DFS-Web extension for Web servers out to beta test. DFS-Web links the Distributed Computing Environment-based Distributed File System to the Internet through a browser. DFS-Web will enable client browsers to access Distributed File System without requiring changes in the client application programming interfaces. General availability is set for the first quarter next year.

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