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ICL ANNOUNCES UNIXWARE FOR ITS INTEL PLATFORMS; NOVELL ACQUISITION OF USL WILL BENEFIT ICL'S FULL-RANGE UNIX STRATEGY

 BRACKNELL, United Kingdom, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- ICL, one of Europe's leading computer systems and services companies, announced today a strategic alliance and agreement with Novell, the new owners of UNIX Systems Laboratories (USL). Under the agreement, ICL will market Novell's UnixWare "desktop UNIX" operating system for its range of Intel-based PC platforms. The agreement also reinforces ICL's strategy of using USL's compatible UNIX System V Release 4.2 product for its full-range of high-performance multiuser servers.
 By offering Novell's UnixWare on its Intel PC-based systems, ICL will enable its customers to easily add UNIX functionality to their existing Novell NetWare local area network environments.
 "The commercial desktop market in Europe is moving rapidly to client-server networking," said Greg Fallon, vice president, Novell Inc. "ICL's large installed base of personal systems in Europe presents a significant marketing opportunity for UnixWare. ICL has unique expertise in the supply and installation of both PC LANs and distributed UNIX systems, which makes the company a very attractive partner for Novell."
 The completion of Novell's acquisition of USL will help ICL -- through its close ties to both companies -- reinforce its position as a leading supplier of commercial UNIX systems solutions. ICL's installed base of UNIX systems is currently valued at some $3.5 billion with annual sales valued at $750 million. The company is also the sixth- largest supplier of personal systems in Europe.
 ICL Welcomes Novell Acquisition of USL
 "We very much welcome Novell's acquisition of USL," said Mike Coote, vice president, ICL Server Systems. "We believe the combination of skills from Novell, USL and ICL will lead to continued success for all of us in the market place."
 Complementing its Intel PC-based products, ICL markets a complete range of high-performance Intel-based DRS 3000 and SPARC-based DRS 6000 systems. For these systems ICL offers DRS/NX Version 7, a fully compatible implementation of UNIX SVR4.2 together with significant added value for large-scale mission-critical commercial data processing.
 SVR4.2 Multiprocessing on Target for Mid-1994
 "ICL continues its extensive work with USL in porting UNIX System V Release 4.X source code to the SPARC environment," said Peter Stuart, ICL vice president of mid-range systems business development. "We are also exploring the opportunities for putting UnixWare on low-end SPARC- based platforms."
 ICL is currently working on USL's SVR4.2/MP multiprocessing version of the operating system. The company expects to begin volume shipments of this on its own SPARC multiprocessing systems in 1994.
 "We are pleased with the multiprocessing test results thus far," Stuart said. "USL's source code is very high quality and we are predicting very good scaling with double-digit numbers of processors." ICL's existing multiprocessing systems are offered with up to four 66 MHz superscalar SPARC RISC microprocessors.
 "ICL's implementation of the Amdahl/ICL/Fujitsu common UNIX operating environment will also make extensive use of USL's SVR4.2/MP technology," Stuart added. ICL, Amdahl and Fujitsu are collaborating in the development of extensions to the UNIX operating environment that can be used by all three companies in their commercial data processing solutions, and this will be the subject of a future announcement.
 About ICL
 ICL is one of the world's leading computer manufacturing and information technology companies. Operating in more than 70 countries worldwide, with some 25,000 employees, ICL generated revenues of almost 2.5 billion pounds (U.S. $4.3 billion) in 1992. ICL supplies applications software, information technology services and computing hardware, through its operating companies located worldwide.
 ICL Server Systems is responsible for the development, design and worldwide marketing of ICL UNIX systems hardware and enabling middleware products. Headquartered in Bracknell, it has operations in Europe and North America for selected product development of UNIX servers, integrated office systems and networking communications.
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 /CONTACT: Anne Prine (U.S.), 714-855-5505, or Kate Wright, 44-344-711000, both of ICL/


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