Appliance connectivity server links small devices to enterprise

Appliance connectivity server links small devices to enterprise

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

Although handheld devices and information appliances are becoming common, their users can't make informed, real-time decisions from offline, static data, said Scott Broomfield, chief executive officer of Centura Software Corp.

The Redwood Shores, Calif., company's eSNAPP 2.0 appliance connectivity server software can link such devices to back-end databases.

'It's a PC model extended down to the handheld,' Broomfield said.

The main eSNAPP code runs on the server. A client eSNAPP layer, about 60K in size, resides on each remote device.

Using 128-bit encryption, the eSNAPP-enabled devices maintain a secure connection to the enterprise system, which pushes messages and updated data out to the appropriate remote users.

The eSNAPP software supports Microsoft Component Object Model and Distributed COM objects and the Open Database Connectivity interface.

'It's the first time anyone's been able to access COM objects on a Palm,' Broomfield said, referring to the handheld device from Palm Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif.

Besides Palm OS devices, the eSNAPP client can run on small platforms under Microsoft Windows CE, Microsoft Pocket PC and Mobile Linux from Transmeta Corp., also of Santa Clara.

The server software runs under Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000. The company is considering porting it to Linux and Unix, Broomfield said.

The eSNAPP software works with databases including Computer Associates Ingres II, Informix 7.x and 9.x, Microsoft SQL Server 6.5, Oracle 7.x and 8.x, and Sybase System 10 and 11.

The eSNAPP software development kit starts around $500, senior product marketing manager Leu Vasquez said. The overall price depends on the size of the deployment.''''

Contact Centura Software at 650-596-3400.

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