Colligo Syncs with IBM Workplace on Database Replication

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-05-12 Print this article Print

Colligo Networks announces a plug-in for supporting IBM's newly announced Workplace Client Technology that is designed to enable secure, private database replication and peer-to-peer messaging.

Colligo Networks on Monday announced a plug-in that will support IBMs Workplace Client Technology, Micro Edition—also known as Workplace Micro Environment (WCTME) Version 5.7—which IBM also announced Monday. Colligos plug-in is designed to enable secure, private database replication and peer-to-peer messaging. The plug-in, named Colligo Enterprise Edition, is slated for fourth-quarter release. According to Barry Jinks, president and CEO of Colligo Networks Inc., the software is designed to take advantage of the "intermittent" mode in the three modes IBM Workplace is designed to cover: connected, disconnected and intermittent modes. Colligo views "intermittent" as a description of when workers are disconnected from a network but connected to their coworkers, as would happen with a team of employees in the field—for example, a team of accountants on-site at a client location. In such a scenario, Colligo collaborators could replicate data back and forth via an Ethernet, wireless or any such IP connection.
Jinks described IBMs new Workplace offerings as being revolutionary in that the server-managed client architecture offers the total cost of ownership of a thin-client browser when youre not connected to the Internet.
"Thats important. We need a thick client on the desktop for people to use in the field," Jinks said in Vancouver. "With a browser-based architecture, like a portal, IT has the advantage of managing the software centrally. You can change it on the server, and its reflected immediately through the browser." Click here to read about Cloudscape, the Informix embedded database thats popped up in IBMs new Workplace technology. Colligo Enterprise Edition works with Outlook and Notes clients and also allows users to extend Windows and Palm operating systems so that collaborators can drag and drop files onto icons that represent their coworkers systems. The companys instant-networking technology configures laptops to set up a local network that then sends out discovery packets, so that users can see which people and resources are on the network. Users can then share printers or Internet connections as well as update databases that are then replicated when they sync up. Next page: Its better than a server-in-a-box.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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