updated 12:30 am EST, Tue January 11, 2005
FileWave, Asset Trustee
, an update to its flagship software suite as well as Asset Trustee 7.0, an SQL-enabled version of the its hardware and software reporting tool. FileWave 2.0 allows businesses of all sizes to distribute Macintosh and Windows software as well as System Updates easily and rapidly across their multi-platform distributed networks using FileWave 2.0's Patch Installer. FileWave XServer, one of its several modules, centrally stores all data relevant to end users, while intelligent FileWave Clients are installed on the end-user systems, allowing distribution of software and updates from a single location at any time.
FileWave is currently offering FileWave 2.0 free of-charge to qualified academic customers that sign up for a two-year support contract. It will ship in eraly March 2005.
The company also updated its cross-platform software and hardware Asset Inventory system, Asset Trustee 7.0. Also due in early March 2005, Asset Trustee supports Mac OS 9/X (Jaguar and Panther) and Windows 98/XP--with the ability to delive detailed hardware, software and configuration information for laptops, desktops and servers on the major desktop computing platforms. Version 7.0 incorporates an SQL backend database with a web-based PHP front end. FileWave also says that the software can build and save omplex queries for later reuse and that the results of all queries can be saved as text or in Microsoft Excel format.
Asset Trustee is designed for easy deployment on Mac OS 9/X and Windows based client computers. The Scanner, an automated agent installed on each computer in the enterprise, sends the information to the Asset Trustee PostOffice, a TCP/IP based server. After the PostOffice has processed the information from the Scanner, the Asset Trustee Inventory Database automatically imports incoming scanned data from the Scanners. Reports are generated from the Inventory Database. Pricing is based on the number of Scanners installed.