Friday June 1, 9:15 am Eastern Time
Zero G Software, Inc.
Zero G(TM) Ships New Versions of PowerUpdate(TM), Complete Live Updating Solution
Web-Based Service Updates Applications Easily and Automatically, Adds Reporting and Custom Actions
SAN FRANCISCO, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Zero G Software®, the leading
provider of Java technology-based, multi-platform software deployment
solutions, today announced the immediate availability of PowerUpdate
Server(TM), PowerUpdate Pro(TM) and PowerUpdate Now!(TM) suite of software
products and services.
The PowerUpdate family of products delivers a complete
live software updating solution that automatically manages the downloading and
installation of the latest version of an application, and eliminates the need
for software producers to contact end-users whenever there is an update,
patch, or new release.
Available as a hosted service or as a stand-alone
server installation, PowerUpdate ensures up-to-date system-wide software
compatibility, lowers the cost of support, and provides developers with a
seamless mechanism for deploying software revisions across the enterprise or
around the world.
Through the PowerUpdate web-based interface, software producers can
specify pertinent information about their application updates -- such as
where, when, and how the revision is to be accomplished -- and have those
updates performed automatically.
Software developers can add live updating to
their applications without having to rewrite a single line of code.
Since its introduction in November, 2000, PowerUpdate has registered more
than 1,500 developer-users, who have in turn updated tens of thousands of
Plazmic Inc., a leading provider of rich content solutions
for Java-capable wireless devices, has standardized on PowerUpdate and
InstallAnywhere®, a Zero G software application, to deliver and update
Plazmic Workshop(TM), their authoring environment for the rapid development of
rich graphical content to their customers worldwide.
The Plazmic product suite enables the creation and distribution of rich
wireless content worldwide today.
The flagship product, Plazmic Media
Engine(TM), is a downloadable, rich graphical player that renders interactive,
animated 2-D graphics created using Plazmic Workshop.
technology platform allows content providers and content developers to rapidly
create and deploy content services and applications for the accelerating base
of enterprise users and consumers hungry for a compelling wireless experience.
``Zero G's Java-based multi-platform approach is a good fit for Plazmic,''
said Jay Steele, president and CTO, Plazmic Inc.
``Our customers are global
content providers computing on many platforms, and our products are
Java-based; Zero G's complete multi-platform deployment and updating solutions
were a natural choice for us.
PowerUpdate is easy to implement and coupled
with InstallAnywhere's industry leading feature set, provides the
out-of-the-box enterprise class functionality that we need.
From being able
to distribute software updates to our customers automatically to installing
Plazmic Workshop onto diverse computing environments, Zero G has provided us
with a complete multi-platform solution.''
Flexible Updating Methods
The PowerUpdate family provides an ideal solution for the IT professional
who manages large workgroups and needs a seamless way to update programs or
data, and for the independent software vendor who needs to update a large
number of customers.
The built-in intelligence of PowerUpdate allows software
producers to deploy individual files, multiple files (to update folders or
groups of files), or new installers (to reconfigure or significantly modify a
``Over time, all phases of the application development lifecycle will
migrate to the web, and managing software revision and deployment for
client/server systems is no exception to this trend,'' said Tracy Corbo,
Senior Analyst, Online Computing Infrastructure, Cahners In-Stat Group.
corporate computing becoming more and more distributed, and with more demands
being made on limited IT resources, it is neither possible nor practical to
update each client system every time there is a software revision or update.
Zero G's PowerUpdate solution enables IT departments to automate the process
of version control, which in turn frees up IT departments to allocate their
resources for more strategic projects.''
Robust Reporting and Custom Actions
PowerUpdate's extensive reporting functionality delivers critical customer
usage and product delivery information.
PowerUpdate Server and PowerUpdate
Pro's well-documented action/decision software development kit (SDK) enables
software producers to extend the products' functionality by providing custom
code decisions, such as checking file presence, looking up file modification
and usage data, executing a web page, or merging registry files.
PowerUpdate Now! and PowerUpdate Pro are hosted services, with all update
management data stored on secure servers.
PowerUpdate Server has all of the
functionality of PowerUpdate Pro, delivered as an internal, stand-alone server
Built upon a flexible architecture that may be deployed in a
redundant, load-balanced environment, PowerUpdate Server is comprised of web
servers, data storage and retrieval components.
``PowerUpdate is another step along the path toward realizing our vision of
a seamless, multi-platform software deployment solution -- one that enables
the delivery of content, data, applications or complex web services to
desktops, thin clients, rich clients, servers, mobile appliances, and other
network-enabled devices,'' said Zero G founder and CEO Eric Shapiro.
Easy Setup, Seamless Delivery
PowerUpdate's web-based interface takes software producers through the
simple process of setting up the service.
With set-up complete, the software
producer downloads the PowerUpdate client, a ``check for update'' executable,
which is then added to the target application.
Updates may be invoked
automatically, at specific times, or as requested by the end-user for maximum
Once invoked, the client contacts a secure server via the Internet,
checking the version of the end-user's application against that of the latest
If there is an available revision, PowerUpdate manages its
downloading and installation automatically.
Multi-Platform, Compatible With Existing Deployment Solutions
PowerUpdate runs on AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, and Windows
(95, 98, Me, NT and 2000), and is fully compatible with most commercial
installation and deployment solutions, including Zero G's award-winning
The PowerUpdate Family
-- PowerUpdate Pro is a complete updating solution, and includes built-in
rules and actions, an extensible open API, detailed reporting
capabilities, and same-day email and phone support. PowerUpdate Pro is
hosted and operated by Zero G, and comes with a free 30 day trial from
-- PowerUpdate Server contains all of the functionality of PowerUpdate
Pro, but is available as a stand-alone server application. It can be
configured for your own data-center, running either on a single server
system, or scaled for a multiple, redundant, and load-balanced
configuration. PowerUpdate Server is comprised of a web server,
application server, database storage, and reporting module, customized
for your specific deployment requirements by Zero G.
-- PowerUpdate Now! is the easiest, quickest, and most inexpensive way to
add updating to your software. PowerUpdate Now! includes the same
built-in rules and actions as PowerUpdate Pro, without the open API or
reporting functionality. It is available as a free service from
About Zero G
Founded in 1996, Zero G is the leading developer of multi-platform
software deployment and updating solutions.
Some of the blue-chip software
producers who count on Zero G are Adobe, AT&T, BEA, Borland, IBM, Intel,
Nortel, Novell, and Sun Microsystems.
Privately held, Zero G is headquartered
in San Francisco, California, and can be contacted at 415-512-7771 or found on
the Internet at http://www.ZeroG.com.
Zero G, Zero G Software, PowerUpdate, PowerUpdate Pro, PowerUpdate
Server, PowerUpdate Now! and InstallAnywhere are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Zero G Software, Inc.