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IBM ANNOUNCES MULTIPROTOCOL ROUTER AND DISTRIBUTED NETWORK MANAGER; PRODUCTS HELP CUSTOMERS TO BUILD MORE PRODUCTIVE NETWORKS (Product Announcement)

IBM ANNOUNCES MULTIPROTOCOL ROUTER AND DISTRIBUTED NETWORK MANAGER;
 PRODUCTS HELP CUSTOMERS TO BUILD MORE PRODUCTIVE NETWORKS
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced new networking products that improve a customer's business productivity by integrating many different types of computer products into a single, cohesive network. Together, the new products can route many kinds of information traffic and manage networks to improve availability and reliability.
 The products also help customers meet a key networking requirement for the 1990s -- sharing network resources flexibly and easily among desktop end users connected by a wide variety of departmental or local area networks (LANs). Highlights of today's announcements include:
 -- The IBM 6611 Network Processor, IBM's first
 multiprotocol bridge-router. By consolidating data
 traffic from different types of LANs on a single link,
 customers can see significant reductions in networking
 and management expenses. Routing is like a letter
 carrier delivering messages from originator to receiver.
 The IBM 6611 also supports bridging, which, like its
 vehicular namesake, allows LAN data of all kinds to pass
 without regard to final destination.
 -- IBM AIX(A) NetView(A)/6000, which provides powerful
 management capability for the new router, as well as for
 other environments requiring support for Transmission
 Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)(B) and
 Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)(B). Good
 examples of this environment are UNIX(C) and AIX-based
 local area networks designed to connect workstations for
 technical and business computing purposes. AIX is IBM's
 version of the UNIX operating system.
 -- IBM intends to license Advanced Peer-to-Peer Networking
 (APPN) network node support for use by other
 manufacturers. APPN is designed to enable distributed
 processing across a network flexibly and easily. This
 will enable other companies to write software compatible
 with APPN for communication between wide area networks
 and local area networks, and helps to fulfill IBM's
 commitment to open networking.
 "Today's announcements reflect IBM's promise to protect its customers' computing investments while capitalizing on the many new desktop technologies that can improve business productivity now and in the future," said IBM Vice President Ellen Hancock, general manager of the Networking Systems line of business. "The announcements reinforce IBM's commitment to provide customers with the flexible, open and well-managed networks they require."
 New Multiprotocol Router
 The IBM 6611 Network Processor, with its IBM MultiProtocol Networking Program software, is designed for use in a LAN environment, in an environment of mixed local and wide area networks, or in a wide area network. It can support both Token-Ring and Ethernet types of local area networks, as well as emerging, high-speed, wide area network transmission technologies such as frame relay. The IBM 6611 is based on the highly reliable RISC System/6000(A) technology. It is also one of the first router products to support the Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) standard, which enables a customer to mix and match routers made by different manufacturers.
 With the introduction of the 6611 Network Processor, IBM now offers the broadest range of products to connect users into a cohesive, well- managed network. The IBM 6611 will support the following protocols:
 -- TCP/IP: a widely popular protocol for networks with a
 variety of LAN types.
 -- Systems Network Architecture (SNA): IBM's blueprint for
 building wide area networks -- via a reliable transport
 technology called Data Link Switching.
 -- Local area network basic input/output system (NETBIOS): a
 fast LAN-transport protocol for Token-Ring, Ethernet
 and PC Network types of local area networks -- also
 via Data Link Switching.
 -- AppleTalk(C): a communications protocol used for sharing
 information among MacIntosh(C) personal computers.
 -- Internet Packet Exchange (IPX)(C): a protocol used by
 Novell's popular NetWare(C) server software for
 distributing files and printing resources throughout
 local area networks.
 -- Digital Equipment Corporation Network Phase IV: a
 protocol in use on DEC(C) computers.
 -- Xerox Services Internet Transport (XNS)(C): a protocol
 developed by Xerox, popular in local and wide area
 networks.
 The IBM 6611 will be available in June. A future 6611 release also will support Advanced-Peer-to-Peer-Networking for SNA.
 The 6611 Network Processor can connect up to seven local or 12 remote IBM Token-Ring networks as a bridge, and can also work in conjunction with IBM's Token-Ring Network Bridge Program to supplement existing bridges. Bridges offer less expensive alternatives to routers for local LAN traffic, for smaller networks, and for environments where a single protocol predominates.
 The IBM 6611 Model 140 with four slots has a base price of $9,995. The Model 170 with seven slots has a base price of $18,640.
 AIX NetView/6000 Extends NetView Family
 AIX NetView/6000, operating on a RISC System/6000 workstation, introduces a powerful new platform for managing distributed devices from numerous manufacturers. It can manage SNMP-based workstations, bridges, routers and other devices. For example, SNMP-based devices are commonly found in UNIX- and AIX-based workstations and LANs. AIX NetView/6000 includes strong network management support for the new 6611 Network Processor. It is designed to be easy to use, and can increase operator productivity.
 AIX NetView/6000 maximizes network availability in a number of ways:
 -- A graphical user interface allows easy recognition of
 network status, performance statistics and conditions
 requiring immediate operator attention.
 -- A dynamic network mapping capability can locate and
 register devices in the network as they are added or
 removed, automatically changing the user's network
 topology.
 -- New features that support fault and performance
 management can also improve operator performance.
 In a mixed protocol environment that, for example, includes TCP/IP and SNA, AIX NetView/6000 can work with NetView, IBM's flagship network management product, to provide a means for centralized network management. This allows quick correlation of network management information from different sources at a single site, resulting in faster response to system errors and enhanced network performance. AIX NetView/6000 will be available in June. It is composed of an SNMP Manager with a one-time basic license charge of $9,950 and an End User Interface with a one-time basic license charge of $4,950.
 To support customers using AIX NetView/6000 who need to manage devices from a variety of manufacturers, IBM has initiated the NS Vendor Enablement Program. Through this program, IBM is working with other manufacturers to ensure that their communications hardware can be managed on the AIX NetView/6000 by means of their SNMP management information bases (MIBs). Once testing successfully has been completed, IBM will ship to customers a copy of participating vendors' management information bases along with the AIX NetView/6000. A MIB describes a device to a network manager.
 Companies announcing their participation in the program are:
 -- Chipcom Corporation, Southborough, Mass.;
 -- Fibermux Corporation, Chatsworth, Calif.;
 -- Hewlett-Packard Company, Palo Alto, Calif.;
 -- Optical Data Systems, Richardson, Texas;
 -- Network Equipment Technologies (N.E.T), Redwood City, Calif.
 -- Proteon, Inc., Westborough, Mass.;
 -- SynOptics Communications, Inc., Santa Clara, Calif.;
 -- Wellfleet Communications Inc., Bedford, Mass.;
 -- Xylogics, Inc., Burlington, Mass.;
 -- Xyplex, Boxborough, Mass.
 IBM will continue working with companies participating in the NS Vendor Enablement Program in the migration of their unique applications to run on the AIX NetView/6000.
 (A) -- RISC System/6000, AIX and NetView are trademarks or registered trademarks of the IBM Corporation.
 (B) -- Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is a de facto networking standard pioneered largely by U.S. academic and government organizations. It is now widely used in businesses for communications between computer systems from different manufacturers.
 A Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) agent is the software that provides network management information about a device to a managing product, such as AIX NetView/6000.
 (C) -- The following are trademarks or registered trademarks of the indicated companies: UNIX of the Unix Systems Laboratories, Inc.; AppleTalk and MacIntosh of the Apple Corporation; IPX and NetWare of Novell; DEC of Digital Equipment Corporation; XNS of Xerox Corporation.
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 /CONTACT: Dennis Drogseth, 212-230-5499 on Jan. 21, or 914-642-5474, or Amy Arutt, 212-230-5499 on Jan. 21, or 914-642-4628, both of IBM/
 (IBM) CO: International Business Machines Corp. ST: New York IN: CPR SU: FC -- NY027 -- 1694 01/21/92 10:07 EST
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