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NEW NETWORKING PRODUCTS WILL ENABLE HIGH-SPEED SHARING OF INFORMATION AMONG PCs AND WORKSTATIONS

 NEW NETWORKING PRODUCTS WILL ENABLE HIGH-SPEED SHARING OF
 INFORMATION AMONG PCs AND WORKSTATIONS
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM today announced a broad suite of networking products that can dramatically boost end user productivity for such new applications as imaging, business and research graphics, computer-aided design, multimedia and data-intensive information for engineering and science. The new products enable PS/2s, workstations and other devices to be connected so that information can travel at 100 Megabits per second. In this way applications, data files, and other network resources can be shared by users in a high- speed local area network or LAN.
 One hundred Megabits is more than six times faster than Token-Ring, the fastest popular LAN technology, today with more than five million devices attached, and 10 times faster than Ethernet, which represents more than 50 percent of today's installed local area networks. For instance, all of Shakespeare's works could be transmitted in one second over a 100 megabit LAN. The transmission would require six seconds on Token-Ring, and 10 seconds on Ethernet.
 The products announced today support the Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) standard for data transmission at 100 Megabits per second over optical fiber cabling. The products also support the use of high grade, or shielded, copper wiring at 100 Megabits, which is considerably less expensive than fiber and already installed in more than 17 million offices today. Because of the need for broader network capacity, or bandwidth, to support new, data-intensive applications like imaging and graphics, industry experts estimate that FDDI will grow worldwide from being a $50 million business in 1991 to a $1 billion business in 1995.
 "New technologies, like FDDI, that enable faster and more efficient types of computing, are a key part of the IBM Networking Blueprint announced in March," said Don Haile, director of local area networking systems for Networking Systems.
 "When you combine FDDI with the rich functionality of powerful software like OS/2 2.0 and AIX(A), you get the speed and efficiency of a complete productivity package -- and that's what customers want."
 IBM's New FDDI Adapters and Concentrator
 IBM has announced a range of new FDDI products, from PS/2(A) adapter cards, to a new cabling concentrator for clustering personal computers and workstations, to new systems and network management products to help ensure network reliability and efficient network utilization.
 The new concentrator and adapter products are:
 -- The IBM 8240 FDDI Concentrator and two device attachment modules to connect up to 24 devices, such as workstations, bridges and routers, to a 100 megabit network. The new concentrator supports both fiber and copper wiring, and allows for devices to be added or detached while the network is in operation.
 With the 8240, customers can attach many departmental networks to a single FDDI optical fiber backbone.
 -- The IBM FDDI Fiber Base Adapter/A allows PS/2s to attach to the 8240 Concentrator or other similar concentrators using optical fiber cabling. With the addition of the FDDI Fiber Extender Adapter/A, PS/2s can directly connect to more than one concentrator at once, creating alternate paths over which information can flow in order to improve reliability and maximize the availability of network resources.
 -- The IBM FDDI Copper Base Adapter/A and Copper Extender Adapter/A support the same functions for attaching PS/2s to FDDI concentrators on high grade, or shielded twisted-pair, copper wiring.
 IBM also announced today a statement of direction for FDDI support on the 6611 Network Processors, announced in January, for bridging and routing across local and wide area networks.
 Systems and Network Management Support
 Today's announcements provide customers with a choice of both distributed and centralized network management solutions to ensure that the network continues to perform reliably. Networking actions on the FDDI ring, such as identifying a break in cabling or bypassing a malfunctioning workstation or bridge, can be achieved through the FDDI Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Proxy Agent Program that runs on an OS/2-based workstation attached to the IBM 8240. The SNMP Proxy Agent Program is designed to work with IBM's AIX NetView(A)/6000 and other SNMP management systems. SNMP is a widely used industry standard for managing multivendor networks in which computer equipment from different manufacturers must work together.
 Through the AIX NetView/6000, FDDI network management problems can also be managed by NetView on a mainframe host. NetView is IBM's flagship management product.
 IBM also issued a statement of direction for a LAN management application supporting FDDI graphics on the AIX NetView/6000, so that administrators can see a visual map of the network, making network changes and network management actions much easier.
 In addition, IBM introduced the DatagLANce Network Analyzer, which exploits OS/2's multi-tasking, windowed environment by employing easy- to-use graphics to help network managers track the pulse of FDDI networks for performance and trouble spots. It complements the hardware and cabling management provided by the Proxy Agent Program by reporting whether the network is "up" or "down," the type and volume of software running on the network, and error information such as tracking lost data. It supports fiber and copper environments.
 Existing Products
 Today's new products also complement IBM's existing FDDI products -- which include support for RISC System/6000(A) workstations on optical fiber, as well as optical fiber support for the 3172 Interconnect Controller, designed to connect multiple local area networks to multiple hosts.
 The FDDI products fulfill major parts of IBM's FDDI Statement of Direction made on June 19, 1990.
 Pricing and Availability
 Prices for the 8240 FDDI Concentrator are as follows:
 -- Base Unit $13,500
 -- Optical Fiber Device Attachment Module 6,140
 -- Copper Device Attachment Module 4,040
 Prices for the adapters are:
 -- Fiber Base Adapter/A $3,995
 -- Fiber Extender Adapter/A 1,995
 -- Copper Base Adapter/A 3,495
 -- Copper Extender Adapter/A 1,495
 -- DatagLANce Network Analyzer 49,500
 All products will be available Sept. 25, 1992.
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