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Wall Data's Rumba

Wall Data Inc. (www.walldata.com) is expected to announce next week the release of Rumba 2000, Web-to-Host, version 3.0. The new release is designed to be both easy to install and set up for Web-to-host communication.

"Now that we’re into the 3.0 version, Rumba is very developed," says Debbie Newton, product marketing manager for Rumba. "We’ve consolidated everything into a browser-based implementation."

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 not only what emulation to use, but also 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 adapts to standard VPN and RAS architectures and utilizes 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. -- Brian Ploskina

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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