The company also intends to unveil a Unix version of its Connect:Mailbox 3.1, which manages data exchange for extranets and remote sites.
"Our products have been lumped together into middleware, but we are the only vendor to have a data exchange management vision," said Johnny Long, director of product strategy for Sterling Commerce's communications software group. Sterling calls its strategy the Enterprise Data Exchange framework, which is implemented through software products in its Connect family.
The new Connect:Remote product is based on RemoteWare technology from XcelleNet (XNET). Sterling Commerce has enhanced that technology by adding automated features to connect to other network services, in addition to an email server.
The Connect:Remote server runs on Windows NT while the client software runs on Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows 3.x, or DOS 5.0. The products are available immediately for list prices that start at $5,500 for server software and $200 per client.
Mailbox 3.1 for Unix is a secure data exchange server that lets companies automate data exchanges using the file transfer protocol (FTP) over the Internet. This "store and forward" approach allows data from a remote site to be sent securely to a "mailbox" where it can be retrieved while outsiders are kept off the internal corporate network.
Mailbox 3.1 also can operate as a gateway, automatically routing data to an outside partner or an application.
Mailbox 3.1 will be available next month for HP-UX, IBM AIX, and SCO Unix platforms. Pricing is based on configuration and starts around $15,000.