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IBM ANNOUNCES NEW ES/9000 AIR-COOLED MODELS; NEW PROCESSORS MEET NEED FOR SMALLER SYSTEMS

 IBM ANNOUNCES NEW ES/9000 AIR-COOLED MODELS;
 NEW PROCESSORS MEET NEED FOR SMALLER SYSTEMS
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM Corporation (NYSE: IBM) reinforced its commitment to meet a wide variety of System/390(see Note A) customer needs today by announcing two new air-cooled processors -- the IBM Enterprise System/9000(A) Model 180 and the ES/9000(A) Model 200.
 The Model 180 provides a new lower-cost entry point to the ES/9000 air-cooled frame processors, while the Model 200 delivers an increased level of processing power to the ES/9000 rack-mounted processors.
 ES/9000 Model 180 Air-Cooled Frame Processor
 "The ES/9000 Model 180 meets the needs of customers who want the features and function of a frame processor to accommodate future growth, but have asked for a less powerful machine to start out with," said Jim Hahn, Enterprise and Storage Systems marketing director, IBM U.S. Marketing & Services.
 The new model is expected to be especially appealing to customers currently using smaller ES/4381(A) and 3083 processors. The maximum memory capacity of the new machine is eight times greater (512 megabytes) than was available on the largest ES/4381, with similar space, cooling and power requirements. And the Model 180 provides up to 2.7 times the processing power of the ES/4381 Model 90E, depending on workload.
 An optional vector facility increases processor performance on compute-intensive applications. This gives customers a new, smaller platform for running numerically intensive applications.
 Like all ES/9000 processors, the Model 180 is designed to facilitate growth and protect customer investments in System/370(A) and S/390(A) applications. The new model can be directly upgraded to either the Model 190 or 210 and, through stages, to the other seven ES/9000 air- frame models.
 "We expect the price/performance advantages of this new model to have wide appeal, providing a new opportunity for System/370 customers to migrate to System/390," said Hahn.
 ES/9000 Model 200 Rack-Mounted Processor
 The Model 200 announced today is the first rack-mounted dyadic ES/9000. It provides commercial processing power comparable to that of the ES/4381 Model 92E and scientific/engineering processing power up to 3.2 times the performance of the earlier processor.
 "A growing group of customers using our rack-mounted processors have told us they want to expand their systems' capacity while retaining the convenience of the rack-mounted system," said Hahn. "This new model satisfies that requirement."
 The rack-mounted ES/9000s have proved to be a popular low-cost solution for businesses currently using S/370 or those acquiring mainframe computing power for the first time, as well as for customers who want to distribute processing beyond the data center. Extensive hardware and software functions are provided to help customers implement distributed environments. And the processor, combined with the rack- mounted IBM 9340 Direct Access Storage Device, makes a compact system for the office. Both the current ES/9000 Model 170 and Model 150 can be upgraded to the new Model 200.
 Standard Features
 Both the Model 180 and Model 200 fully support Enterprise Systems Connection Architecture(A) (ESCON(A)), IBM's high-speed fiber optic channel architecture, that provides up to 10-megabyte-per-second transfer rates. The Model 180 can have up to 32 parallel and ESCON channels; the Model 200 can have up to 24 parallel and ESCON channels. In addition, the Model 200 rack-mounted processor supports up to six integrated I/O buses.
 Customers seeking cost reductions through consolidation of unique workloads can take advantage of the Processor Resource/Systems Manager(A) (PR/SM(A)) feature available on all ES/9000s. PR/SM makes possible a logical division of processor resources so that more than one operating system (system image) can work within the computer at a time. As a result, customers can consolidate the work of several smaller processors onto a single ES/9000. Both new processors will support the MVS/ESA(A), VM/ESA(A), VSE/ESA(A) and AIX/ESA(A) operating systems. (The Model 200 supports VSE/ESA running as a guest under VM/ESA.)
 CICS/ESA General Availability
 IBM also stated today that CICS/ESA(A) Version 3 support of the ES/9000 Subsystem Storage Protection hardware feature will be made available on March 27, three months ahead of schedule. The feature will provide a new level of application isolation, enabling customers to reduce CICS storage violation outages by up to 50 percent. This means customers can develop and change applications with less risk of bringing down the production system on which their business depends.
 Prices, Availability
 The ES/9000 Model 180 will be available in April 1992 for a purchase price of $462,000. The ES/9000 Model 200 will be available in third quarter 1992 for a purchase price of $350,000.
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