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DEVELOPED, MANUFACTURED AT IBM ROCHESTER: IBM BOOSTS AS/400 PROCESSING POWER 20 PERCENT, ANNOUNCES RAID-5 HARD DISK STORAGE FOR AS/400

DEVELOPED, MANUFACTURED AT IBM ROCHESTER: IBM BOOSTS AS/400 PROCESSING
 POWER 20 PERCENT, ANNOUNCES RAID-5 HARD DISK STORAGE FOR AS/400
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM today boosted high- end processing power, introduced new RAID storage and increased the workstation productivity of its widely popular Application System/400(a) family of computers.
 With the new, four-way AS/400(a) Model E95, customers have 20 percent more throughput than with the current high-end, three-way Model E90 and twice the processing power of the AS/400 of less than eight months ago.
 A new 9337 Disk Array Subsystem uses a variation of the Redundant Array of Independent Disks/level 5 -- or RAID-5 -- technique to provide lower cost, high-availability storage. If one of the 3-1/2-inch storage drives fails, the subsystem reconstructs the data and continues operating while the failed drive is repaired or replaced.
 For AS/400 end users, ergonomically designed InfoWindow(a) II displays provide enhanced function, variable split screens, two simultaneous screen sessions, and special symbols and mouse support. One model, the 3488 Modular Display Station, is designed for use with a wide variety of popular video graphics array (VGA) monitors, protecting customers' workstation investments.
 IBM advanced general availability of Version 2, Releases 2 of Operating System/400(a) |OS/400(a)~ by three months to Sept. 18.
 "Today's announcements are another step in our drive to keep delivering the world's finest commercial application platform," said IBM Vice President John M. Thompson, general manager, Application Business Systems.
 "AS/400 customers now have eight times as much processing power as when the system was introduced just four years ago, protected disk storage, and displays with the power and features to increase user productivity. In addition, we are so confident in the quality of our Version 2, Release 2 software that we are releasing it three months earlier."
 For more efficient tape storage, IBM announced a new 1.28GB 1/4-inch tape cartridge unit. It operates 50 percent faster and holds more than twice the data of current 1/4-inch units and can be used across the entire AS/400 line.
 And to support increased workstation productivity, IBM announced faster adapters for both Token-Ring and Ethernet(b) local area networks and a more powerful workstation controller. The new Token-Ring Network Adapter/HP provides up to three times the throughput and the new Ethernet adapter up to six times the throughput of current adapters. Entry-Level Growth:
 For customers using smaller systems, IBM boosted the capability of the most powerful entry-level system, the 9402 Model E06, giving users increased growth potential and investment protection.
 The Model E06 now supports 14 communication lines, up from eight. A new expansion tower provides for twice the amount of DASD (a maximum of 7.9GB) and more than twice the number of feature card slots (up to seven) as well as an additional 1/4-inch cartridge tape unit. With the expansion tower, the E06 now has a second bus or internal data path to permit DASD file mirroring for high-availability disk storage. Plug'N'Go:
 The AS/400 Plug'N'Go(a) program is being expanded to include a new offering, the Plug'N'Go Platform Solution, and 13 new applications for a total of more than 60 Plug'N'Go applications.
 The Platform Solution includes either an entry-level 9402 Model E02 or an E04 with operating systems software already installed and a choice of one or more Plug'N'Go applications ready for installation. Platform Solutions are packaged for a single delivery and come with an IBM 90-day satisfaction guarantee. User-Based Pricing
 IBM is introducing user-based pricing on the AS/400, initially with PC Support/400 and ImagePlus(a) Workfolder Application Facility/400. The company said in a Statement of General Direction that it intends to make the pricing available for additional, selected AS/400 programs.
 With user-based pricing, customers have the option of purchasing licensed programs for a one-time charge based on the number of program users -- concurrent users with ImagePlus or total users with PC Support/400. Customers also can continue to purchase the programs on the basis of the size of the processor. User-based pricing is especially attractive for customers who have a program with few users on a large processor, who want to let a few users try a new application, or who want to upgrade the processor without adding new users. 9337 Disk Array Subsystem
 The new 9337 Disk Array Subsystem attaches to 9406 D and E models. All four 9337 models use a new, more powerful controller, read-ahead cache and multiple power supply modules. If one of the power supply modules fails, the remaining units supply 100 percent of the power needed.
 The subsystem comes in two high-availability and two base models, all with a two-year warranty, and offers nearly seven billion bytes, or seven gigabytes (GB), of highly reliable disk storage.
 Base models will be available Sept. 25 at a cost up to 25 percent lower than the current AS/400 9336 Disk Unit.
 High-availability models will be available Nov. 13 at a cost of approximately $10 per megabyte -- 46 percent of the cost of disk mirroring. With the high-availability models, IBM expects to be the first in the industry to ship in volume a RAID-5 storage subsystem for the AS/400. AS/400 9406 Model E95
 The AS/400 9406 Model E95 uses four, closely coupled main storage processors to provide 20 percent more processing power than the current three-way E90. The throughput increase of the E95 over the E90 is greater than the total throughput of the B70, the top-of-the-line AS/400 of less than 18 months ago. Display Stations
 Three new InfoWindow II display stations have a screen that can be split either horizontally or vertically and an Enhanced User Interface with special symbols and mouse support for use with pop-up windows and help screens.
 Users can vary the relative areas of the split screen, and they can work with two simultaneous screen sessions while the display also handles a printing job. The displays have a built-in calculator and a printer port is standard on all models.
 The new displays, including the 3488 with the appropriate monitor, are designed to meet standards of the International Standards Organization for front-of-screen characteristics and also the widely recognized Swedish recommendations for minimal electromagnetic fields. Software
 Software announced today makes AS/400 systems more productive in networks and even easier to manage remotely. Version 2 Release 2 of OS/400 increases support for Virtual Telecommunications Access Method |VTAM(a)~ Advanced Peer-to-Peer Networking |APPN(a)~, including more efficient location of a target system, moving of applications and connecting multiple networks.
 A new program, Backup Recovery and Media Services/400, offers a consistent view or tracking of backup storage across multiple AS/400 systems, and supports planning and implementation of data backup storage and recovery.
 Further enhancements have been made to CODE/400, an AD/Cycle(a) application development debug facility, and to CallPath(a)/400, which supports voice-data telecommunications. CODE/400 now will support applications written in COBOL as well as RPG. CallPath/400 now connects to nine phone systems with the addition of two new links -- the Northern Telecom Meridian 1(b) Communications System Generic 3r. As part of the same release, three other connections will be available Sept. 18, three months earlier than first announced. Openness
 Continuing its commitment to AS/400 openness, IBM issued Statements of Direction in support of a number of emerging POSIX(b) and OSF/DCE portability and communications standards. The standards are POSIX IEEE 1003.1, selected elements of .1a, 1003.2 and selected elements of .2a, 1003.4 and .4a, and OSF/DCE client and server interfaces for remote call procedure, directory service, security service and time service. POSIX is the Portable Operator System Interface for Computer Environments being established by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. OSF/DCE is the Open Software Foundation/Distributed Computing Environment. Support
 To help customers increase productivity, IBM is providing the AS/400 Support Family -- seven support services and three package offerings with satisfaction guarantees -- over and above the entitled service provided by the IBM marketing team. The packages provide sets of services to meet support needs of new, established and growing customers. Application Development
 IBM also announced a new AS/400 Application Development Program to support and increase the number of proven development tools available to AS/400 customers worldwide. The program is designed to complement AS/400 AD/Cycle application development products and provide more tools to meet increasingly varied AS/400 customer requirements. Under the program, software vendors will strengthen their development relationship with IBM, qualify their products and be able to designate their products as participating in the development program. The AS/400
 In the four years since its introduction, the AS/400 has become the world's most popular midrange system. The system provides a wide range of processing power and outstanding ease-of-use, and has been upgraded every year. In 1991, the installed base grew by more than 50 percent, and there now are more than 175,000 systems installed in virtually every major economy around the world.
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