Wall Data Ships New Rumba and Cyberprise

As Wall Data Inc. (www.walldata.com) prepares to restructure its worldwide operation to eliminate its interests in the corporate information portal market, the company released new versions of Cyberprise and Rumba. Ironically, much of Cyberprise is expected to be divested, and Rumba is expected to inherit Cyberprise’s Web-to-host and related administrative and security technologies.

Version 3.0 of Cyberprise Portal is a tool for creating multiple online communities that include an enterprise’s customers, vendors and partners. The product helps companies integrate, manage and personalize enterprise and Internet information from a variety of sources. Version 3.0 has streamlined licensing practices for connections to legacy applications and ODBC databases and streamlined in-house databases.

The new version of Rumba -- Rumba 2000, Web-to-Host -- is designed to be easy to install and set up for Web-to-host communication.

"We’ve consolidated everything into a browser-based implementation," says Debbie Newton, product marketing manager for Rumba.

Once Rumba is installed onto the Web server, a Java-based configuration utility takes the user through a setup process where the administrator can choose what emulation to use and define user abilities, such as if the user can change the screen color.

The new version also includes an FTP client for transferring files. While still supporting ActiveX and JavaBeans, Rumba 3.0 adds support for Express, a scaled down version of ActiveX. Newton says Rumba also adapts to standard VPN and RAS architectures and uses that security.

The Rumba team remains committed to its PC-to-host segment, as well as to its newly formed server-based Rumba product for Citrix and Terminal Server. International Data Corp. (IDC, www.idc.com) predicts sales between traditional and Web-to-host access units will close within 3,000 units of each other by 2003.

The restructuring of Wall Data around Rumba is expected to cost the company between $13 million and $14 million in its second fiscal quarter, ending Oct. 31.