Autodesk improves asset management

Data Management
Autodesk derives full value of infrastructure data
Autodesk Inc. unveiled Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2008 and Autodesk Topobase 2008 software products, two geospatial offerings that provide organizations with a platform to share location, design and enterprise information across departments.

Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise software utilizes the Internet to up-to-date asset and infrastructure information to the people who need it. Additionally, Topobase 2008 – including a customized module for the gas industry – incorporates the Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise and AutoCAD Map 3D 2008 software capabilities.

Autodesk Topobase 2008 software incorporates the functionality of Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2008 and AutoCAD Map 3D 2008 products, as well as Oracle Spatial database technology.

Topobase 2008 offers additional features that take advantage of the Web for project workflow management, job creation and editing, and visibility into existing infrastructure and new projects. With the 2008 updates to the Topobase Web component, remote users, such as customer service agents, managers, field operations and external contractors can access asset information.

In conjunction with Topobase 2008, Autodesk introduced a module developed to address the needs of gas utility operators. The module includes data models, workflows and business rules that reflect the gas industry’s unique regulatory and local standards. Customers can streamline set-up and implementation without expensive customization. Companies may also turn to Autodesk Consulting to accelerate deployment, integration and implementation of best practices.

Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2008 is now available in English. German, Japanese, French and Italian versions will be released in the near future. Autodesk Topobase 2008 will be available in English later this month and in German, Italian and French shortly thereafter.

Borland teams with VMware to advance software quality testing
Borland Software Corp. announced an integration with VMware software to enable enterprise software development organizations to perform multi-configuration and cross-platform software application testing by using of virtualization. 

Borland will deliver native support for virtual lab environments by integrating Borland SilkCentral Test Manager 2007, a core component of Borland’s Lifecycle Quality Management solution, with VMware Lab Manager version 2.5. SilkCentral Test Manager 2007, the release of the company’s software test management platform, will extend test management reach and coverage with access to virtualized test environments in VMware Lab Manager.

With the ability to call VMware Lab Manager environments directly from SilkCentral Test Manager, users can create and assign individual tests to run on many different configurations or platforms. Productivity can also be improved by optimizing the use of virtualized infrastructure, allowing pooled resources to be shared across testing and development teams.

Pricing for Borland SilkCentral Test Manager 2007 starts at US$1,700 per seat licence for named users. Expected availability is the third calendar quarter of 2007.

For more information on Borland SilkCentral Test Manager and related technologies, please visit:

CBiT announces ProstoServer 1.0.3

CBiT has announced the immediate availability of ProstoServer 1.0.3, the one-stop library letting developers build high-performance TCP servers running under Microsoft Windows.

ProstoServer is a library that manages client connections, sends and receives data, organizes a pool of threads, and provides basic protection against DoS attacks.

Unique to ProstoServer is the Input/Output Completion Port (IOCP) mechanism that its work is based on. This mechanism allows ProstoServer to serve up to several thousand queries per second (for example, in the echo server mode).

The distribution package includes ProstoServer and samples: Echo, FileEcho and ProxyEcho that will demonstrate how to use the library.

ProstoServer runs under Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista and costs US$150 for Personal license, US$250 for Single developer licence, and $650 for Site Developer licence. Registered customers are entitled to premium technical support, free library updates and an opportunity to have critical bugs fixed within 1-3 days. Additional information on the product, as well as its free, functionally limited version is available from

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