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DataChannel XMLFramework Goes Solaris

DataChannel XMLFramework extends Cross-Platform Functionality with New Solaris Edition

DataChannel's RIO 3.2 Builds Enterprise Information Portals Powered by XML

BELLEVUE, WA. April 5, 1999.

DataChannel announced today an addition to the Solutions Software component of XMLFramework by releasing RIO 3.2 for Solaris for general availability.

RIO, an Enterprise Information Portal (EIP), is the core offering for Solutions Software within DataChannel's XMLFramework which consists of Solution Software, XMLToolkit, XMLBlueprint, XMLTraining, and XMLServices, providing the computing foundation for enterprises competing in today's Global Information Economy.

As more enterprises turn to universal Web technology standards to manage their information, they are discovering the benefits of extensible markup language (XML). This flexible, new data schema used by the Internet makes it easier for organizations to access information anywhere on the Internet and local legacy systems and exchange it with their knowledge workers, customers, and suppliers.

An Enterprise Information Portal is only as good as the information it can access. This creates an imperative to unleash legacy information. In order to do so, many companies are considering a new architecture that delivers a lower cost of computing, improves time to market, enhances competitive advantage, and increases customer personalization and retention. They know they must adopt Internet standards and create a comprehensive, reusable framework to address the complex requirements that will meet tomorrow's Electronic Business infrastructure demands.

For any application to run in the enterprise, it must be scalable and adaptable. Both criteria are met with the Solaris operating system. "We need a platform that will integrate with our diverse IT environment. We are committed to building our online infrastructure with SUN platforms and an XML architecture. By releasing RIO 3.2 on the Solaris platform, DataChannel creates tremendous synergy with two outstanding technologies," said Steve Perlinski, general director, electronic commerce at General Motors, who will be the first customer to pilot DataChannel's RIO 3.2 for Solaris.

RIO 3.2 for THE Solaris operation environment extends the rich functionality of the RIO server allowing customers like General Motors to benefit from a rich feature set. This feature set includes: Extensible Security Architecture, Extended Channel and Folder Capabilities, Enhanced Content Management, and the most advanced XML technology found in any Enterprise Information Portal Product on the market.

"To offer true enterprise solutions with our XMLFramework, it is imperative that we provide cross-platform interoperability for those customers with heterogeneous environments. The release of RIO on a UNIX platform is evidence of that goal", said David Pool, CEO of DataChannel.

"RIO 3.2 on the Sun platform running the Solaris operating environment gives enterprise managers a reliable, available and scalable foundation that enables them to bring legacy data into today's information-intensive workflow," said Brian Gentile, vice president, developer relations, at Sun Microsystems. "It will also allow them to quickly adapt to meet users' constantly evolving needs for access to enterprise information and network resources."

Pricing for the RIO 3.2 for Solaris is $14,500 for a server and 100 user licenses.


DataChannel's Software Solution, DataChannel RIO, combines the power of an XML-driven database engine with real-time TIBCO notification working with Netscape's Communicator or Microsoft Exchange to create an Enterprise Information Portal. DataChannel RIO simplifies the process of delivering critical information to the right people at the right time through the instant distribution of organized content including external newsfeeds such as NewsEdge; search engines such as Yahoo!, Excite, InfoSeek, and Lycos; relational databases from companies such as Informix Software, Sybase , and Oracle; Enterprise applications, such as SAP, PeopleSoft , and Baan ; and enterprise corporate data from companies such as Wall Data and IBM -- all within a customizable employee desktop environment.

About DataChannel

DataChannel Inc., founded in 1996, is a privately held company. DataChannel is a value-added integrator of XML-based, market leading Information Management solutions and services that facilitate the way companies share information with employees, vendors, customers and consumers across Intranets, Extranets and the Internet. These solutions are offered through DataChannel's XML Framework that is an extensive portfolio of enterprise solutions designed to capitalize on the Information Economy through the use of the Extensible Markup Language (XML). It includes DataChannel RIO, an Enterprise Information Portal solution connecting users of the portal to relevant information sources.

DataChannel simplifies the process of delivering critical information to the right people at the right time.

All trademarks or registered trademarks are property of their respective holders in the United States and/or other countries.


DataChannel, Inc.
Sunny Lauritzen
Tel: +1 425/974-4109

Prepared by Robin Cover for the The SGML/XML Web Page archive.

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