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Axis Communications Extends Web Server Functionality and NDS Support In Print Server Product Families

 Free Upgrade Provides Platform Independent Configuration,
 Web-based Monitoring


WOBURN, Mass., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Axis Communications, Inc. a leading provider of network and Web appliances, announced today a free software enhancement that adds Web-management capabilities and enhanced NDS support to its family of Internet/intranet enabled print servers.

With the introduction of version 5.30 of Axis' Web enabling firmware, users of the Axis models: 570, 670, 570 MIO, 670 MIO 560, 660, 540+, 542+, 640, 642 print servers for Ethernet and Token Ring LANs, will have both platform independent configuration capabilities, as well as browser-based monitoring of printer status. "This is another step towards simpler, more cost-effective management of network resources," said Mario Finocchiaro, Business Development Manager at Axis Communications, Inc. "The Axis solution enables the print server to act as a Web server, with it's own Web page, completely independent of the file server -- no other software is required."

Benefits for End Users, Network Administrators

The new Web capabilities of the print server software promises a productivity boost to end users and network administrators alike. For monitoring, the Web-based features enable users to directly access the print server's Web page and view settings, print server status, and information on the 10 latest print jobs, such as who issued the job and its size are readily available. Updates such as busy, idle, paper out and off-line are also viewable through the Web page. Users simply create a folder and add the print server's URL to their list of bookmarks. Point and click access to print server information through standard Web browsers greatly reduces the cost of managing network printing.

For configuration and management, a password protected management page makes it easy to re-start the print server or change any of its parameters. In order to assist trouble shooting, the print server's home page also has a number of pre-defined links enabling instant access to product specific information at the Axis web site, such as the latest firmware upgrades, on- line manuals, and technical support documentation.

Novell Certified

Axis Communications is a Novell Certification Alliance partner, with an NCA Print/NEST certified in-house test lab. In addition, all of the company's NDS-ready print servers have been tested and certified by Novell Labs. After reviewing the Axis print servers, Novell issued the following comment:

"Testing at Novell Labs indicates Axis Communications has integrated NDS support very well into their devices," said David Owen, vice president of Novell Labs. "The enhanced status reporting makes Axis print servers easy to manage using IntranetWare and NetWare tools."

NetWare-Specific Simplify Administration

Additional NetWare enhancements include the ability to designate from the Pconsole and NW Admin, which allow users to receive notification of printer problems. An expanded print server test page contains information about each of the NetWare file servers which the print server is connected to and shows the status of each connection -- making it fast and easy to locate and troubleshoot any problems.

The new software also enables login to the NDS tree as well as to a preferred file serve -- eliminating the problem of a single point of failure if a file server goes down.

ThinServer Technology

Like all Axis products, the print server product families leverage the company's own ThinServer Technology, which allows peripheral devices of every kind to be accessed and utilized by multiple clients using virtually any desktop and network operating system. The ThinServer Technology allows any non-PC device to be directly connected to a network.

Availability

The latest version of Axis Communications Web enabling software for its print servers, version 5.30, is available immediately, free-of-charge, via the company's Web site: http://www.axis.com/.

About Axis Communications:

Axis Communications enables users to access and share any connected device seamlessly, increasing the value of networks. Axis' ThinServer Technology provides the means to deliver cost-effective, high-performance and web server capabilities to attached appliances and devices. The company's thin, streamlined server products for CD-ROM drives, digital cameras and printers are part of the first wave of smart, independent devices that allow networks to provide access to everything. Founded in 1984, Axis Communications headquarters is located in Lund, Sweden. Axis has 200 people employed, with revenues of $49 million (95/96) and has shown a yearly growth rate of 67% over the past 10 years.

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SOURCE Axis Communications, Inc.
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