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IBM ANNOUNCES HIGH AVAILABILITY SOFTWARE FOR RISC SYSTEM/6000

 IBM ANNOUNCES HIGH AVAILABILITY SOFTWARE FOR RISC SYSTEM/6000
 WHITE PLAINS N.Y., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced the AIX High Availability Cluster Multi-Processing/6000 (HACMP/6000)(A), software designed to support RISC System/6000 customers that depend on their computers for business critical applications.
 The HACMP/6000 software ties together two RISC System/6000 units in a clustered configuration, ensuring maximum availability of systems by allowing the computers to back each other up.
 "High availability of their computer systems is a key requirement of our customers. HACMP/6000 provides them an excellent solution today and scalability into the future," said Jeff Mason, Advanced Workstations and AIX Systems director.
 IBM also announced that it will begin distributing the IBM AIX/6000(A) operating system via Compact Disc Read Only Memory (CD-ROM), which will make the product easier to install. AIX/6000 is IBM's implementation of the UNIX(B) operating system.
 In addition, IBM recently announced price reductions on RISC System/6000 memory upgrades of up to 41 percent.
 HACMP/6000 allows the customer to choose from three levels or "modes" of high availability support, according to their requirements. In mode 1, HACMP/6000 provides fallover to a backup idle RISC System/6000 for quick restart of an application or subsystem if there is a failure with the primary processor. Each RISC System/6000 is active in mode 2, running its own unique application, but allowing one system to fallover to the other should a processor fail. In mode 3, the highest level of cluster support, the systems run concurrently, allowing single image access to data from both computers. This concurrent processing requires the IBM 9333 High-Performance Disk Drive Subsystem.
 Using HACMP/6000, customers will also receive greater use of their applications running on the RISC System/6000 by sharing the processor resources within the HACMP/6000 cluster, a feature that is unique in the UNIX marketplace.
 HACMP/6000 is supported by AIX/6000/3.2 and uses the Systems Management Interface Tool (SMIT) for installation, configuration and maintenance of the RISC System/6000 clusters. HACMP/6000 even allows systems administrators to make changes, add upgrades and do systems maintenance without affecting users.
 ClaM Associates, Inc., an IBM Business Partner located in Cambridge Mass., is working with IBM to provide customer installations and support for HACMP/6000.
 Major database vendors, including Informix, Ingres, Oracle, Sybase and independent software vendors are also supporting their software on the HACMP/6000 platform.
 Oracle Corporation announced separately today that its ORACLE7 integrated with Parallel Server will support the HACMP/6000. "The IBM HACMP/6000 is an excellent example of loosely coupled systems where different processors cooperate even though they don't share the same memory" said Oracle senior vice president Jerry Baker, "This architecture provides customers with high availability and scalable performance while maintaining a single system image. These characteristics are critical to success in the commercial marketplace."
 Planned availability for the AIX High Availability Cluster Multi- Processing/6000 is September 1992 for modes 1 and 2, and March 1993 for mode 3. Price will vary according to RISC System/6000 processor selected.
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