ANNOUNCES SECURE WEB-BASED FILE TRANSFER SYSTEM
Systems, Inc., continuing in its 30+ year role as a leader in product
development, announces its newest product, TPS®/Web
File Manager (WebFM). WebFM is an enterprise/network secure
web-based file transfer system packed with many features including a
secure, easy-to-use web-based transfer portal allowing any user with a
valid user account to send data securely into your company's
back-office enterprise system through any Java-enabled web browser
without the need to install any additional client software or overhaul
your company's security model. WebFM gives companies that have remote
branches, vendors, and other related entities outside the corporate
network the ability to securely send data to the corporate office as
long as they have a valid user account. WebFM supports up to 128-bit
Secure Socket Layer (SSL) to ensure all aspects of the data transfer
and communication is protected. WebFM's detailed auditing system
provides for tracking activities such as logons, files transferred, and
viewing current file transfer status.
is comprised of three components: Server, Secure Bridge, and Client.
The Server is deployed within the corporate intranet and secured using
the company's SSL credentials. The Secure Bridge handles the secure
connection to the Server from Clients outside the network. The Client
is a signed Java Applet embedded within a HTML page. Since the Client
runs within a web browser, users do not have any additional software to
install or configure.
can be easily integrated with TPS®/NetWork
File Manager (NFM). NFM is a complete, full-featured
enterprise/network file distribution system packed with many additional
features including back office file tracking and auditing, secure
scheduled transfers, remote command line interface, and scheduled data
CHOOSES TPS® SYSTEMS TO SOLVE CONNECTIVITY ISSUES
Sciences Corporation, a world-wide commercial and governmental IT
consulting firm, chose TPS® Systems, Inc., a
software firm headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, to provide a number
of their connectivity products to assist CSC in functionally replacing
a mainframe-based system for a large governmental agency. The system
provides query, retrieval, and display services for status verification
of a person's eligibility for employment and government benefits. Total
users of the system currently number around 100,000 with concurrent
users nearing 1,000.
objective was to develop a system to replace an existing
mainframe-based system that supported a large number of 3270 terminals
and dial-in PCs with a more modern and cost effective solution. In
addition, the new system had to maintain the existing LU6.2 program to
program interfaces with two large government agencies and had to
incorporate a new "web based" access method. The system architecture
for the mainframe replacement consists of an RS6000/AIX Communications
Server, an RS/6000/AIX/Oracle Database Server, and several
Intel/Windows 2000 based servers. Several trunk lines come into the
Communications Server connecting to FEPs at government sites. SNA
traffic from government networks come through the FEP across the trunk
line to the Communications Server.
supplied CSC with three of its legacy connectivity products: TPS®/SNA
Server, and TPS®/TN3270
Client. TPS®/SNA Primary is being used
as a mainframe replacement utilizing its PU4/5 capabilities. It handles
the 3270 connectivity from various state and federal networks, cross
domain connectivity to one State Agency, and LU6.2/CPIC support to
communicate program-to-program with the US Social Security
Administration. The TN3270 Server and Client handle the remote PCs
incoming TCP/IP traffic and convert it to SNA traffic.
The products from TPS®
formed the foundation of the SNA connectivity needed by the project. TPS®
was able to handle all of the communications issues in getting off of a
mainframe and still being able to utilize existing downstream hardware.
The use of a Unix mid level server based architecture based upon TPS
products, in lieu of a traditional mainframe based architecture, has
provided significant cost savings to the US government.
LTD. CONVERTS TO TPS®'s NETWORK FILE
UK - December 1, 2003 - Homebase Ltd., a leading Home Improvements
retailer in the UK, was faced with having to convert from a
mainframe-based file distribution management system to a Windows-based
one in a relatively short time frame. To accomplish this, TPS®'s
NetWork File Manger was chosen.
Having been spun-off
from its original parent company, major UK food retailer JS Sainsbury,
Homebase had to find a file distribution management package to replace
the one that had been running on their parent company's mainframe.
After looking at several packages, it was decided to do an in-depth
investigation of three packages. The key selection factors were support
for the IBM 4690 and Microsoft Windows environments, minimal training,
and the fastest means of implementation.
In choosing TPS®/NetWork
File Manager (NFM), Bhups Dokal (CPoS Development Manager)
stated, "NFM made the transition from our mainframe product easier
because the theory, terminology, and concept of plans and cycles was
much the same. Fortunately, NFM almost exactly replicated its
functionality, and provided a much more user-friendly GUI, so the
previous users adapted to the product in a matter of days. We were
excited to find a product that so closely met our needs."
"Dealing with a company
in the US was a concern with regards to support. However, with Sol-Tec,
one of TPS®'s resellers in the UK, providing
first line of support, this has not been a problem. The Support Group
has been extremely responsive and supportive of the few issues that
have been encountered."
The choice of TPS®/NetWork
File Manager (NFM) over other file distribution products by
Homebase Ltd. was based on several criteria. Homebase was faced not
only with the conversion, but also with a time constraint. NFM provided
the compatibility with the previous system, supported IBM 4690 and
Windows environments, needed minimal training, and provided the fastest
means of implementation. The conversion was completed well within the
time frames needed.
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product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their
About Homebase Ltd.
Homebase Ltd. is a
leading Home Improvements retailer in the UK. With over 270 locations
in the UK, Homebase provides its customers with everything necessary
for maintaining and improving the home.
About Sol-Tec Ltd.
Sol-Tec Ltd. creates
fully integrated, end-to-end IT solutions that generate competitive
advantage for a wide portfolio of organisations, ranging from private
to public sector. It is delivered through a mix of consultancy, project
management, and on-going support.
ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL FUNCTIONALITY TO TPS®/NFM
Systems, Inc. is continually expanding the functionality of our Network
Management suite of products. Thus, TPS® is
excited to announce the following new functions incorporated into TPS®/NetWork
File Manager (NFM) followed by a brief description of each:
- Software Management System
- NVDM Node Support
- OS/390 and Stratus Client
- IP Multi-Casting
- Bandwidth Management
- Quick Functions
- Modem Pooling
- Local and Remote
- Streaming File Transfers
SMS provides a way to group, distribute, track, and install software
packages and suites across the corporation’s internal network. SMS
allows software to be grouped together in packages (which contain
single installable programs) or suites (which contain multiple
packages). Software packages and suites can have certain requirements
(software, hardware, operating systems, etc.) that is checked before
the software is installed on the computer.
This component supports the IBM’s NetView Data Management Client
functionality. Utilizing TPS®/SNA gateway, files
can be distributed throughout an SNA network to nodes defined as using
the NVDM client. Will support concurrent SNA and TCP/IP protocols.
Stratus Client Support
The Client for OS/390 will support NFM services on the IBM OS/390
mainframes running OS/390 MVS V2R5 or higher. The client exists as a
basic load module that can be started interactively or run unattended
as a OS/390 background task. The NFM client runs as a POSIX compliant
application and uses the native OS/390 TCP/IP subsystem to communicate
with the TPS/NFM server on a server host machine.
The Client for Stratus
will support NFM services on the Stratus i860 running VOS Release
12.4.0m with OS TCP/IP. The client can be run from the VOS
start_process command as is customary with other VOS application
IP Multicasting is a feature of the Internet Protocol Standards. This
feature is implemented in TPSÒ/NFM so that when a fileset is
transferred from a single source client to a large group of target
clients, the IP multicast protocol can provide dramatically increased
There are several functions within NFM that allow you to control
- Throttling - Resource
- Pacing - Block size and
request/acknowledgment interval timing
- Traffic Shaping - Time
- Priority - priority levels
Quick Functions enable users to perform simple operations on demand
(non-scheduled). A user can perform a simple file transfer (one file)
from a source node to a target node, execute a non-interactive command
on a target node and run a pre-defined plan. The quick functions, in
addition to offering a simplified way for users to perform certain
tasks, also allows for a class of users to be created that can benefit
from the services of NFM while being completely restricted as to which
resources they may access.
Modem Pooling allows the user to control a list of available modems for
use by NFM. This will allow the automatic scheduling of the modem pool.
and Remote Line Interface
The NFM Command Line Interface provides a server functionality to allow
the flexibility to accomplish tasks that can be performed through the
GUI user interface. This feature will allow you to automate functions
to control and configure the system.
The NFM Remote Command
Line Interface provides a functionality to allow the client program to
control server functions. It enables the system to have event driven
capabilities and allow you to automate functions to control and
configure the system.
A streaming file transfer allows a file to be transferred as it is
being written to by another application or command. Once a streaming
file transfer starts, it will copy whatever portion of the file that
exists to the target node, check the file every # seconds, and continue
copying any new data appended to the file until such time as the
transfer is terminated.
If you need more
information, please go to TPS®/NFM
or contact sales
WINS BIG WITH TPS®/NETWORK FILE MANAGER AT
WAKEFERN FOOD CORPORATION
Wakefern Food Corporation, a retailer-owned supermarket cooperative
headquartered in Elizabeth, NJ, has chosen TPS®/NetWork
File Manager (NFM) to replace its mainframe file distribution system.
Wakefern had used this distribution system to exchange data among its
mainframe, RS/6000s, and IBM 4690s for distributive processing, as well
as Stratus systems, which are used to handle the Warehouse Management
need to convert from SNA file transfers to TCP/IP transfers initiated
the search for a replacement. In addition to NFM, Wakefern reviewed two
other file distribution products from large software companies.
However, neither of them was able to provide IBM 4690 support.
choosing TPS®/NetWork File Manager, Charles
Hawalka, Manager of Infrastructure for Wakefern, stated, "Clearly NFM
had a number of advantages over its competition. Foremost of these are:
- NFM supports all the platforms Wakefern was looking
to convert, the mainframe (OS/390), RS/6000s (AIX), 4690s, and the
- The ability to eliminate in-house developed data
- NFM provides an automated and secured FTP solution
for Wakefern's business partners with the integration of PGP encryption
software into the external file transfers.
- NFM's ability to implement the conversion with no
coding changes to any existing application programs on all platforms
involved in the conversion."
Hawalka added, "NFM has taken processes that took hours and minutes to
complete down to minutes and seconds. NFM has eliminated the time
consuming headaches of trouble shooting our dial-up transfers down to a
reliable, secured FTP process that completes in seconds."
Wakefern Food Corporation:
From a small, struggling cooperative with seven members - all owners of
their own grocery stores - Wakefern Food Corporation has grown into the
largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States and one of the
largest employers in New Jersey. The cooperative is comprised of 39
members who individually own and operate supermarkets under the
ShopRite banner. Today, Wakefern, the merchandising and distribution
arm of the company, and the 200 ShopRite stores located throughout New
Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, employ more
than 40,000 people
CHOOSE TPS®/NETWORK FILE MANAGER
Retail/Wholesale community has discovered TPS®/NetWork
File Manager (NFM). In the past few months, TPS®
has added five new companies to our growing list of users. The new
companies cover a number of industries: grocery, do-it-yourself, sports
equipment, wholesale distribution, and property management. In
addition, another two companies have the software in a pilot mode.
Below are short profiles on a few of the companies that have bought
NFM. These sales have come directly through the TPS®
sales department and through our Reseller Program.
first success was a sale to a large grocery chain of over 200 stores
located in the Northeastern part of the United States. They were
looking for a way to move their file distribution off of an IBM
mainframe in order to extend its life cycle. They had been using IBM’s
NetView Distribution Manager (NVDM) to distribute files to UNIX boxes,
IBM 4690s, and a Stratus box. They were looking for a package to run on
a UNIX server that could communicate with these devices as well as the
mainframe. The user tested NFM against another UNIX package, a
mainframe package, and NVDM. NFM easily outperformed each of the other
products and was the only product that could communicate with each of
the desired platforms. Additional bonuses were that NFM was
substantially less expensive and the training time was minimal. The
lessened training time was due to the format of NFM being very similar
to NVDM. Needless to say, the migration was very successful and the
user is extremely happy.
second success was the sell of NFM to a large do-it-yourself chain with
over 250 stores in the United Kingdom. Their situation was very similar
to the one above. They also had an IBM mainframe running NVDM. They had
been sold and had been given a short time to move of the former owner’s
mainframe. Since the new owner did not have a mainframe, they were
looking for an inexpensive way to distribute their files from a
Windows-based Server to IBM 4690s and Windows-based terminals in all of
their stores across the UK. Because of their short time frame, they
needed a package they could learn quickly and would meet all of their
needs. In looking at packages, they discovered NFM was so similar in
format to NVDM that it took them a very short time to migrate to NFM.
This, along with the competitive pricing, made their decision very
easy. They were up and running with plenty of time to spare.
addition to these installations, our Reseller Program has provided
installations at a large beverage retailer, a commercial real estate
management firm, a small sports equipment chain, and a small
distribution firm. The beverage retailer had over 200 stores they
needed to manage remotely in a Windows-based environment. The
commercial real estate management firm owns numerous malls across the
United States. Their need was to keep track of available square
footage, customer demographics, and other items to determine how best
to develop their properties.
as well as the numerous other NFM users, have chosen NFM based on
price, performance, and product capabilities. Rread the White Paper on NFM.
For additional information, to schedule a demonstration, or to order
the product, contact the TPS
TPS® NETWORK FILE MANAGER
CUSTOMER SUCCESS PROFILE
WEGMANS FOOD MARKETS,
Enhance information delivery to increase customer satisfaction.
Known widely as a leader in
their industry, Wegmans is a privately-held supermarket retailer that
was founded in 1916 and has its headquarters in Rochester, New York.
They have 60 stores that produce over $2 billion in annual sales and
rank among the 100 largest private companies in the country.
With stores spread over a
three state area, Wegmans was in need of a fast, secure and reliable
means of sending and receiving files between its corporate and stores
FILE MANAGER (NFM), marketed by TPS®
Systems, Inc. of San Antonio, Texas, was one of the products they
evaluated. In their examination, the product needed to fulfill the
- Be able to schedule sending and retrieving files as
well as provide remote program execution.
- Provide a central point of management.
- Provide a batch mode interface.
- Provide a browser interface to provide access from
anywhere on the company intranet.
- Be able to transfer files not only from
server-to-client, but also from client-to-client.
- Be able to support AIX, SUN, NT, 4690, OS/390, and
- Be able to support SNA and TCP/IP protocols.
- Be able to interface with our current scheduler.
Mr. Don Reeve is Director of
IT of Wegmans Food Markets. Since selecting NFM, Mr. Reeve has stated,
"TPS®/Network File Manager meets all of our
needs. After evaluating some of the top-selling systems, we found the
TPS® product not only meets our processing
requirements, but also our budgetary qualifications. The TPS®
system provides us what we need and then some without having to pay for
extra bells and whistles that we would never use."
"NFM has given us the ability
to distribute files and software updates, and start processes
throughout our enterprise. It will also give us the ability to
establish business-to-business communications with our vendors by
exchanging information via our extranet. While TPS®
has some requirements to complete (OS/390 support the end of 1Q01), TPS®
has been very cooperative in discussing our future needs as well."
"Wegmans has been a hybrid SNA
and TCP/IP shop for years, and plans to totally convert to TCP/IP by
the end of 2001. The NFM solution gives us the ability to install a
package now under SNA and migrate store by store to IP, allowing us to
get rid of NDM, without having to do a mass changeover at once. I would
recommend TPS® as a company and NFM in
particular if a company is looking for a reliable, cost-effective means
of distributing files and software updates. They have not only met our
needs, but have exceeded our expectations."