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IBM INTRODUCES NEW LOCAL AREA NETWORK PRODUCTS; IBM DELIVERS LARGE-NETWORK RESOURCES TO THE DESKTOP

 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- For users who want to get more out of their desktop PCs, IBM is announcing an enhanced product designed to bring the application and communication resources of large networks to the end-user's fingertips. Communications Manager/2 makes it possible for the desktop to share in the richest set of networking services from large networks in the industry today.
 This can make end-user professionals with a need to get at corporate applications much more productive, whether in finance, banking, insurance, or virtually any industry where users in large and small networks need to share information.
 Today's announcements strongly benefit users with OS/2 (see note A), DOS and Windows (see note B) by enhancing the capabilities of OS/2 Communications Manager. Communications Manager/2, now packaged separately from OS/2 Extended Services, offers new functions, enhanced ease-of-use, and improved cost-effectiveness.
 "We view this announcement as placing us clearly ahead of the competition in terms of a one-stop-shop, large-network communications package for desktop users," said Don Haile, Networking Systems director of local area network systems. "Communications Manager/2 fills the bill for any type of Systems Network Architecture (SNA) interaction, whether it's for distributed applications utilizing the strength of Advanced- Peer-to-Peer Networking (APPN), or for host emulation, with a wide variety of transport choices including leased or switched lines."
 Communications Manager/2 is complemented by IBM's strong offerings in TCP/IP for OS/2, DOS and Windows for users wishing to share resources from TCP/IP networks.
 Announcement Highlights
 Some of the new capabilities announced today for Communications Manager/2 and Communications Manager Client Server/2 include:
 -- The new client/server option allows customers to concentrate the full stack of Communications Manager functions in a server. For end users wishing to share distributed applications across many parts of the network, an individual packaging is ideal. For end users with less intense usage, such as those primarily emulating host applications, the client/server packaging will save in terms of both money and memory. Users of Communications Manager/2 and Communications Manager Client Server/2 can work together on the same LAN, or across a larger network. Moreover, through a statement of direction, the client/server option extends the functions of Communications Manager/2 to DOS and Windows clients.
 -- Support for the Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) Basic Rate Interface lets customers save money by using digital, switched telephone lines over short or long distances. It also provides higher bandwidth options for high-productivity, distributed applications supporting such features as image and high-resolution graphics.
 -- Multiple servers can be used with multiple clients, providing automatic load balancing as information is given and received. This helps to maximize the efficiency of the network and ensure a fast end- user response time.
 -- Installation and configuration of Communications Manager/2 can be done quickly and easily. Communications/Manager/2 also supports the new Configuration/Installation/Distribution (CID) capability announced October 6, 1992, for remote install free of end-user involvement.
 -- Keyboard customization and color remapping is very easily done for both 3270 and 5250 emulation environments.
 -- For network administrators, Communications Manager/2 offers a lot of new power. These include better alert routing to NetView (note A), IBM's flagship network management product, and better alert support for APPN distributed environments. First Failure Support Technology (FFST) helps LAN administrators isolate and identify networking problems more effectively.
 -- Communications Manager/2 provides broader access to applications and other resources in a larger number of hosts. Now a single desktop user can access as many as three hosts concurrently, and utilize as many as 26 different host sessions
 -- 16 of which can be active at any one time.
 Related Announcements
 IBM added to the strengths of its local area network product offerings today in two additional, related announcements:
 -- 8250 Release 2: A new release of the 8250 multiprotocol hub that provides cabling and systems management capabilities for customers with Token-Ring, Ethernet and Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) local area networks. The enhancements include new Token-Ring bridging capabilities and full six-slot support for (Model 006), reducing LAN attachment costs. The number of available Ethernet 10baseT connections is doubled through the use of a new module which now supports 24 connections.
 The announcements reflect further benefits of technology sharing made possible through the IBM/Chipcom alliance announced July 21, 1992.
 -- IBM Entry LAN-to-LAN Wide Area Network Program Version 1.0: An entry-level release of a program that interconnects remote local area networks across a larger network. The entry level supports up to 10 connected workstations and 30 concurrent sessions.
 Terms and Conditions
 Communications Manager/2 sells for $474.00 and will be available on March 26. Communications Manager Client Server/2 sells for $1995.00 with a $195 per client cost and will be available on May 28. In a statement of direction, Windows and DOS clients will be supported by Communications Manager Client Server/2 by year end, 1993. Upgrades from Extended Services to support Communications Manager/2 will cost $95.00, with a six-month offer of $50.00 after Jan. 26.
 The IBM 8250 Release 2 is available Feb. 26, 1993. Costs per port for Token-Ring and Ethernet vary according to configuration.
 IBM Entry LAN-to-LAN Wide Area Network Program Version 1.0 is available immediately and lists for $600.00.
 Note A -- Indicates trademark or registered trademark of the International Business Machines Corporation.
 Note B -- Windows is a trademark of the Microsoft Corporation.
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 /CONTACT: Dennis Drogseth, 914-642-5474, or Deborah Siegel, 914-642-5733, both of IBM/
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