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SuperCD Juris Targets Big Firms

Axonix Corp. says its SuperCD Juris server can accommodate 10 to 248 documents for use by as many as 250 attorneys. The SuperCD server allows access to both CDs and DVDs and provides information to an attorney's desktop computer whether it runs on Windows, NT, Mac, Novell or Unix network and computer operating systems.

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Backup Express

Connex, a San Jose, Calif., -based developer of network attached storage (NAS) and storage area network systems, (SAN) has announced that Syncsort Inc.'s Backup Express has been certified for operation on Connex' N3000 NAS system. It allows for local area network (LAN)-free NAS backup capabilities using the Network Data Management Protocol.

Connex has also announced that Nagase & Co. Ltd. in Japan will sell the N3000 NAS system. Soltec Japan Ltd. also has agreed to provide customer service and support to Japanese customers.

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DVD Support

Tracer Technologies Inc. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. (Panasonic), have announced that Tracer's Magna software for DVD-RAM stand-alone drives, and MagnaVault's software for DVD jukeboxes, now support Panasonic's second-generation rewritable DVD drives.

MagnaVault increases the performance of DVD-RAM drives while providing UNIX and Linux users with access to 4.7GB (single-sided) and 9.4GB (double-sided) DVD-RAM media, the company says. Tracer's MagnaVault includes a UNIX device driver and file system for stand-along DVD-RAM drives. It is targeted for CAD/CAM/CAE applications, as well as graphics and video production where collaboration on projects is common, the Burlingame, Calif., company says.

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FireWire Cards

FireWire cards from Keyspan are now being bundled with video editing software and a six-pin to four-pin FireWire cable. The cards also add high speed function to Mac and PC computers, the Richmond, Calif., company says.

The CardBus version works with laptops that are Cardbus-equipped and have Pentium II level processors, and run Windows 98 SE or Windows 2000; or an Apple Macintosh PowerBook G3 running Mac OS 8.6 or higher.

The PCI version adds three IEEE 1394 FireWire ports to a desktop computer. It requires a Pentium 166 MHz PC with PCI slot and Windows 98 SE or 2000; Pentium II 350 MHz processor is recommended for video capture and editing. For Macintosh, a Power Mac with PCI slot running Mac OS 8.6 or higher. A G3 processor is recommended for video capture and editing.

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BakBone Software Inc. is now shipping its NetVault storage management software with DirecSAN, which enables data to bypass backup servers on the Storage Area Network, reducing potential bottlenecking on the network. DirecSAN helps free up LAN-bandwidth and improve network response time, the company says. It is an embedded feature of NetVault, not an add-on component, so installation is merely a point-and-click process.

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Fluke Networks has released its new NetTool desktop-to-network connectivity tester, which combines cable, network and desktop testing functionality in a single unit. The NetTool identifies the service available on RJs as Ethernet, Telco or Token Ring, or indicates if the jack is inactive.

It can check link pulses for speed, polarity; and show protocol mismatches between the PC configuration and the network. The Standard model NetTool tests cable and desktop-to-network connections.

The Inline model can do the same plus it can monitor the installation or troubleshoot a networked PC, the company says. Both models feature Flash ROM technology for software upgrades.

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SlimLine-Ultra has expanded its line of FireWire/1394 storage units with the release of its SlimLine-Ultra 3.5-inch drive. The SlimLine-Ultra HDD is an external hard drive for FireWire/1394/i.Link connections. It contains a high-performance 7200 RPM drive and is available in 20/40/75Gb sizes.

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ASACA Corp. and Tracer Technologies Inc. have announced that ASACA's TeraCart DVD-RAM Libraries are fully supported by Tracer's MagnaVault software for optical jukeboxes. ASACA Digital Virtual Library storage system can be configured with one to 24 drives for online capacities ranging from 2.3 TB to 14 TB, the company says. Up to eight libraries can be connected with pass-through and infrared communications.

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Virtual Desktop Inc. has announced that it will now provide web design and web hosting services. VDI is an application service provider that helps companies manage their network and application programs, the company says.

It serves its clients as a network service provider and also as an application service provider.

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Compare for Servers

Princeton Softech has released Compare for Servers, a data comparison software for servers to be used by developers, quality assurance testers and database administrators who need to verify and compare data in two or more sets of database tables.

Compare for Servers identifies changes to relational data, by analyzing before and after images from single or multiple tables, the company says.

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Network Security

Stonesoft Corp. and Fujitsu Siemens Computers have formed an alliance to offer a firewall and load balancing option for the Fujitsu Siemens Computers UNIX servers.

Stonesoft will integrate its Stonebeat, a high-availability network security software, to Fujitsu's SOLARIS/ SPARC-based PRIMEPOWER server, to help prevent Internet connectivity downtime, the companies say.

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MTI Vivant

MTI Technology Corp. headquarted in Anaheim, Calif. has announced the availability of a 73GB, 10,000 RPM disc drive for the MTI Vivant series of storage area network and network attached storage systems.

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