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ENlighten Software Solutions Extends UNIX Systems Management Solution to Support Windows NT.



SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 8, 1996--ENlighten Software Solutions Inc. (Nasdaq:SFTW SFTW Something for the Weekend (band) ) today announced ENlighten for NT/Distributed Systems Manager (DSM 1. DSM - Data Structure Manager.

An object-oriented language by J.E. Rumbaugh and M.E. Loomis of GE, similar to C++. It is used in implementation of CAD/CAE software. DSM is written in DSM and C and produces C as output.
) as a new option to its open systems management software product family, ENlighten/DSM.

This new option, slated for release in Q496, expands the powerful systems management functions of ENlighten/DSM to Windows NT servers and desktops.

"The ability to monitor and manage systems running on the NT platform is an important step in the evolution of ENlighten/DSM," said Byron Jacobs, vice president of sales, marketing and services.

"As the presence of Windows NT continues to emerge as a growing standard in networks which include UNIX systems, system administrators will need to integrate the management of these new systems seamlessly. This enhanced capability will enable our customers to more effectively monitor and manage their increasingly heterogeneous environments -- all from a single console."

In its current version, ENlighten/DSM offers customers a broad range of powerful systems management functionality. Among the product's three key value propositions is the delivery of maximum return on investment for customers through its speed of implementation, flexibility of configuration and low cost of acquisition.

A second unique product feature allows the systems administration team to delegate mundane and time consuming tasks to less technical users throughout an organization without relinquishing centralized control and privileged user authority. And third, ENlighten/DSM significantly reduces the time and effort necessary to implement Intranet technology with its unique naming-services management capabilities.

Dr. Paul Mason, program director of International Data Corporation's Enterprise Systems Management group, characterizes ENlighten's Windows NT capability as key to remaining competitive in the systems management market. "Currently, approximately 14 percent of all UNIX UNIX

Operating system for digital computers, developed by Ken Thompson of Bell Laboratories in 1969. It was initially designed for a single user (the name was a pun on the earlier operating system Multics).
 environments include Windows NT systems."

He added, "In 1995, nearly 40 percent of CIOs surveyed wanted a single-vendor suite solution for the management of heterogeneous systems."

The majority of features present in the UNIX version of ENlighten/DSM translate well into the NT environment. However, considerable modifications are necessary to translate its logical, object-oriented activities to NT commands and processes.

While most systems management solutions available today tend to devolve to a 'lowest common denominator' approach when addressing a mixture of platforms, ENlighten/DSM embraces new NT functionality without sacrificing capabilities present in its current UNIX offering.

Specifically, ENlighten for NT/DSM offers a number of new features such as NT Registry inspection for the discovery and tracking of hardware and software inventory.

The product also includes Device Manager alterations to support local printer additions, removals and configuration; Microsoft Exchange Server Microsoft Exchange Server is a messaging and collaborative software product developed by Microsoft. It is part of the Microsoft Servers line of server products and is widely used by enterprises using Microsoft infrastructure solutions.  modifications to provide changes in user information such as add/remove user, mail alias management, etc.; an NT-oriented SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) A widely used network monitoring and control protocol. Data are passed from SNMP agents, which are hardware and/or software processes reporting activity in each network device (hub, router, bridge, etc.  MIB (1) (Management Information Base) The hierarchical database used by the simple network management protocol (SNMP) to describe the particular device being monitored. MIB objects are identified using ASN.1 syntax. See SNMP, RMON, OID and ASN.1.  to support the new event types; NetBIOS Name Server (NBNS (NetBIOS Name Server) See NBT. ) compatibility for the maintenance of domain name services; conformance to Microsoft's Remote Procedure Call (RPC (Remote Procedure Call) A programming interface that allows one program to use the services of another program in a remote machine. The calling program sends a message and data to the remote program, which is executed, and results are passed back to the calling ) mechanism to support remote systems management across TCP/IP TCP/IP
 in full Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol

Standard Internet communications protocols that allow digital computers to communicate over long distances.
 networks; and Network Information Directory Services management for the addition/removal of users.

These additional features, along with ENlighten's existing UNIX capabilities, provide customers with the maximum return on investment of any information systems product available today.

Due to the growing proliferation of NT servers and desktops in heterogeneous UNIX environments, the demand for a single management solution is greater than ever before. This fact is underscored by the rising backlog of system administration demands created by the recent release of Microsoft's Windows NT 4.0.

Because Microsoft's Systems Management Server (SMS (1) (Storage Management System) Software used to routinely back up and archive files. See HSM.

(2) (Systems Management Server) Systems management software from Microsoft that runs on Windows NT Server.
) and other NT-centric solutions only address homogeneous NT environments, ENlighten Software Solutions is well-positioned to provide the bridge to support these mixed UNIX and NT environments.

Founded in 1986, ENlighten Software Solutions Inc. provides distributed systems management software solutions for the UNIX, NT and Tandem marketplaces. The Company's ENlighten/DSM product suite already provides system management solutions for heterogeneous UNIX systems including Sun Microsystems, IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) , Hewlett-Packard, SGI (SGI, Sunnyvale, CA, www.sgi.com) A manufacturer of workstations and servers, founded in 1982 by Jim Clark. The company was founded as Silicon Graphics, Inc., but changed to its acronym in 1999.  and SCO (The SCO Group, Lindon, UT, www.sco.com) A leading vendor of Unix operating systems for the x86 platform. SCO had also offered Linux, but abandoned the line in the spring of 2003. The SCO Group is the combination of two companies: Utah-based Caldera, Inc. .

The company maintains a leadership position in the Tandem market, providing a range of automated systems management products to a client base of over 450 companies in more than 40 countries. For more information, please visit the company's World Wide Web site located at www.enlighten.sftw.com.

CONTACT: ENlighten Software Solutions, Inc.

Byron Jacobs, 415/578-0700

byron_jacobs@sftw.com

or

Pacifico, Inc.

Matthew Bell, 408/293-8600

mbell@pacifico.com
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