Product of the Day: Hummingbird Exceed onDemand

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Product: PC X Server Software, Exceed onDemandManufacturer: HummingbirdAddress: 1 Sparks Avenue               North York, Ontario, M2H 2W1, CanadaTelephone: 416-496-2200URL:

The New Generation of PC X Servers Is Here

Fast * Easy * Secure * Mobile * Web Deployed * Thin X server

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Hummingbird Ltd. is a global enterprise software company employing over 1450 people in nearly 40 offices around the world. Hummingbird Connectivity is a comprehensive set of core network technologies that enables the enterprise to connect to any type of legacy system. Exceed onDemand is part of the Hummingbird Connectivity family of products. The latest version of Exceed onDemand delivers seamless, secure access from Windows based desktops to many types of platforms including UNIX, Linux and VMS X Windows Based systems. Users can perform their day-to-day duties from any location and over all types of network connections, including LAN, WAN and dial-up.

Exceed onDemand is the next generation PC X server software that offers the functionality and performance of a local X server without the exhaustive network bandwidth usage and the burden of lengthy and cumbersome deployment. It connects you to the X applications over any type of network connection. Exceed onDemand gives you the functionality and performance that you expect and the mobility and security that you desire.


  • Seamless Web-Deployable client using Exceed onDemand Deployment Wizard

  • Improved performance of all types of network

  • Reduced network bandwidth usage

  • New Server Manager remotely manage any Exceed onDemand server on the network

  • Additional language support for French, Italian, German and Spanish

  • Enhanced profile management

  • Extra international fonts

  • Extended the Server platform support to include Sun Solaris 8 for Intel

Main Features

1. What is Exceed onDemand?

As a user, do you find most traditional PC X servers are performing too slowly when accessing UNIX applications from remote locations? As an administrator, have you ever wondered how you can maximize the usage of the existing network bandwidth? Do you want to deploy a PC X server solution to a large number of audiences in the most cost efficient way? Exceed onDemand is just the product for you! Exceed onDemand is an extremely lightweight Thin X server designed to run on any type of network connection securely and efficiently. Extra low bandwidth usage and lightning performance are the trademarks of Exceed onDemand.

2. The Balance Between Speed and Functionality

Are you tired of making compromises between speed and functionality when you have to choose a software solution? Are you searching for a Thin X solution that provides you with both the speed AND the functionality of a traditional PC X server? We have good news for you - Your search is over! Exceed onDemand is the most feature rich Thin PC X server in the market that is capable of producing the most accurate display without sacrificing performance. The implementation of the Thin X Protocol (TXP), Image Caching and Font Caching further enhance the performance of our Thin X solution. Exceed onDemand strikes a perfect balance between speed and functionality.

3. Low Bandwidth Usage is the Key

You are interested in an alternative PC X solution because you want to maximize the usage of the existing network infrastructure and you know traditional X protocol takes up a lot of the bandwidth. We are pleased to tell you that Exceed onDemand is designed and optimized for all types of network connection - Intranet, Internet and Extranet. The network traffic of Exceed onDemand is up to 50 times less than that of the traditional PC X servers. The same network infrastructure can now support more users and more connections, virtually increases the Return on Investment and lower the Total Cost of Ownership!

4. The Simplest Deployment EVER

We know how important it is for you to be able to minimize the Total Cost of Ownership and there are many ways to achieve that goal; one of them is to reduce the deployment cost and the software maintenance. Exceed onDemand Client can be deployed to any PC using a web browser, the process is completely automated without the need of user's intervention! Existing clients can be upgraded using the same mechanism as new versions become available. Regardless of how you choose to deploy, the client always has the same interface, the same features and the same power! On the administrative side, Exceed onDemand comes with tools such as Exceed onDemand Server Manager(tm) that gives you the ability to remotely monitor, manage and control any Exceed onDemand Server(tm) on the network. You can also use this tool to create and manage profiles for any user on any Exceed onDemand Server!

5. Be Productive. Be Protected.

Exceed onDemand not only provides the same functionalities that are found on most traditional PC X servers, it also equips you with some unique productivity tools that will improve the efficiency in handling day-to-day tasks. Desktop Sharing - an ideal tool to enhance project collaboration by allowing multiple users to share the same Exceed onDemand session. Suspend-And-Resume - enables you to suspend active sessions and resume them at a later time. Exceed onDemand also supports Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) (128 bits strong encryption mode and 56 bits weak encryption mode) to ensure date security.

System Requirements and Supported Platforms

X Server

  • X11R6.4 Support

  • Multiple Window Mode

  • BackingStore support

  • Double Byte Character Set Support

  • Extensive Server Visual support - Multiple Simultaneous Visuals

Font Support

  • Automatic Font substitution

  • Automatic Font Server reconnection

  • Local Font Caching

  • International font set including Chinese, Japanese and Korean

Startup & Client Launching

  • XDMCP (query, Indirect, Broadcast), Passive


  • Global .xinitrc and .xinitrc


  • Host- and Client- based security

  • Additional Access Control

  • Support SSL encryption, Strong and Weak


  • Microsoft Windows Installer Technology (MSI) for Server installation on Windows Platforms

  • Web-based or desktop based client deployment capability Administration

  • Exceed onDemand Server Manager - Configure any Exceed onDemand Server on the network

Exceed onDemand Server

Operating System:

  • Linux kernel 2.4

  • Windows NT 4.0 (SP6a or above)

  • Windows 2000

  • Windows XP

  • Sun Sparc Solaris 2.51

  • Sun x86 Solaris 2.8

  • IBM AIX 4.2.2

  • HP UX 10.20

System Requirements:

  • Minimum memory as prescribed by Operating System;

  • Minimum Hard Drive space: 70 MB

Exceed onDemand Client and Server Manager Operating System:

  • Windows 98/Me,

  • Windows NT 4.0 (SP6 or above)

  • Windows 2000

  • Windows XP

System Requirements:

  • Minimum memory as prescribed by Operating System;

  • Minimum Hard Drive space: 1MB

Web-Deployment Requirement:

  • Web Server Operating System: Any

  • Web Server: Any

  • Desktop Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or above, Netscape 4.7 or above


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