Montreal-based Aviva Solutions Inc. announced last month that its Aviva for Desktops 9.0 is now compliant with Windows XP, extending host connectivity to desktops running XP without compromising the OS or applications. The product is a full-function SNA and TN connectivity solution, according to a press release issued by the company, which provides multi-host access over IP and SNA networks for Windows 9x, NT, XP and 2000. Network managers are able to roll out PC-to-host connectivity across the enterprise with minimal time and resources with the product, which is deployed using Microsoft’s System Management Server (SMS). Aviva for Desktops’ features include drag-and-drop host file transfer, ActiveX support, and visual keyboard and colour mapping. For more information, visit the company online at

Network managers in a tizzy about Microsoft’s end-of-life plans for its Windows NT Server can take comfort in one vendor’s plan to make life easy. Sun Microsystems Inc. last month unveiled its upgrade program, allowing NT Server 4.0 customers the opportunity to trade to Sun Cobalt RaQ server appliances or Sun Cobalt Qube appliances. Sun said the program will allow Microsoft operating system users to migrate over to a Sun Cobalt server appliance at “reduced rates.” To ease the transition for the net administrator, Cobalt server appliances provide Linux-based system and application functions in a browser-based interface. The software layer enables installation in minutes, which ensures the avoidance of downtime. The NT Upgrade Campaign will run through until June 30, 2002. Qualified customers will be offered select Sun Cobalt RaQ server appliances and Sun Cobalt Qube appliances at discounts up to 20 per cent, according to Sun. Qube 3 server appliances will start at US$1,349 and the RaQs will start at US$1,399. For more information about the announcements, visit the company on the Web at