Sims Computing releases Flux 2.0, the Enterprise Job Scheduler

January 16, 2001 -- Billings, Montana -- Sims Computing today announced the release of Flux, the Enterprise Job Scheduler, version 2.0. Flux 2.0 presents the developer with a long list of powerful new features, including queuing, scalability, holiday calendars, and audit trails. In addition, Flux 2.0 now supports Sybase Enterprise Application Server (EAServer) and the Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) database.

Flux is a Java software component that performs sophisticated job scheduling and job queuing for Java [TM] and Java 2 Enterprise Edition [TM] (J2EE) applications. Job scheduling is concerned with executing the correct task, on the correct day, and at the correct time. When deployed as a server-side component, Flux naturally integrates with J2EE applications. Just months after its September 2000 debut, Flux supplies scheduling solutions for companies within the financial, insurance, B2B software solutions, customer relationship management (CRM), and global healthcare industries throughout three continents.

"The Flux engineering and support team has worked closely with the Flux community," said David Sims, President of Sims Computing. "From those experiences, the Flux team was able to identify new features that are crucial to both the smallest and largest enterprise applications. As a result, Flux 2.0 satisfies many of the demands of the growing Flux user base."

INTEGRATION
Optionally, Flux integrates tightly with J2EE applications, including Enterprise JavaBeans and JMS messages. Flux is application server and database independent. Flux has been successfully tested against Sybase EAServer and the Sybase ASE database. It has also been tested against BEA WebLogic, IBM WebSphere, Orion,and Allaire JRun Application Server in addition to Oracle, IBM DB2, Microsoft, and Hypersonic SQL databases.


FEATURES
The following features are new to Flux 2.0:

Job Queuing - Any number of jobs can be added to any number of queues on a first-come, first-serve basis or on a priority basis.

Scalability - Flux can accommodate hundreds of thousands of jobs. Each job is fired at the appropriate time.

Holiday and Business Calendar support - Schedules can be created that are sensitive to local holidays and other days that need to be treated specially.

Interruptions - Running jobs can be interrupted.

Levels of Concurrency - The level of concurrency can be set to allow conservation of system resources. For example, a concurrency level of 1 allows at most 1 job to fire at any time while a concurrency level of 50 permits up to 50 jobs to fire at once.

Pause and Resume - Jobs can be paused and later resumed.

Audit Trail and Reporting - Signifigant actions taken by Flux are logged into an audit trail. The audit trail can be a relational database, a Java listener, or both. The audit trail can be queried to generate reports.

These new features join the solid stable of job scheduling features already present in Flux 1.1 such as Cron-style and Relative Time Expressions, one-shot job scheduling, recurring job scheduling, persistence, J2EE and java integration, a small footprint, and standards compliance.

AVAILABILITY
Flux 2.0 is available through the Sims Computing web site at www.simscomputing.com. The Flux 2.0 upgrade is available free to customers with a Sims Computing maintenance contract. For additional information, please contact info at simscomputing dot com or call (406) 656-7398.

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Sims Computing, Inc., founded in 1997, develops enterprise software components, provides training on enterprise technology, and offers mentoring services to companies developing enterprise applications.

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