Vendors will be sporting improvements that make their TCP/IP application suites more suited to enterprise environments at TCP/IP Expo in San Jose, California, this week. Most companies are not planning major revisions, because many introduced new Windows NT versions last month. But the enhancements make the products easier to manage and more efficient to run in multiplatform environments.
For example, InterCon Systems will introduce a helper application that enables IS managers to keep track of the licensing of its tcpConnect4 Mac and Windows package. The Virginia company's fluid licensing programme allows companies to mix and match the OS versions purchased in a site licence. It also permits organisations to switch a user from one platform to another without having to purchase a new licence. The new application, called Keyring, works with fluid licensing to keep track of the number of tcpConnect4 packages installed, as well as what platform they are on. Keyring can also tell network managers the configuration of the packages, and it can report the specific combination of tcpConnect4 applications that have been loaded.
Keyring will ship later this month in versions of tcpConnect4. Registered customers who have bought the software will receive the update for free.
Walker Richer and Quinn (WRQ) has sharpened the TCP/IP connection stack included with its Reflection suite. Most vendors have abandoned development of TCP/IP stack software and focused instead on building application suites that work with the TCP/IP stack included in Windows 95. But WRQ is touting features that it says are not included in Windows 95, such as optimisation for line noise in remote communications; support for 100Mbit/s ethernet; software for managing servers; and support for BOOTP and RARP, IP addressing protocols that are not supported in Windows 95.
NetManage will also preview its Chameleon suite, due to ship next month, at TCP/IP Expo.