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OSF SELECTS BULL AS PRIMARY INTEGRATOR FOR THE DME NETWORK MANAGEMENT OPTION (NMO); NMO SCHEDULED FOR MID 1994 RELEASE

 CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Software Foundation and Bull S.A. (Bull) today announced that Bull has been selected to be the primary integrator for the completion of the Network Management Option (NMO) component of OSF's Distributed Management Environment (DME). Bull is already a significant contributor to the OSF DME, notably as the provider of the implementation of X/Open's management protocol (XMP) application programming interface (API).
 The NMO release is planned for mid year 1994, allowing users to benefit very quickly from a standard base platform. As primary integrator, Bull will complete the integration of the various subcomponents of the NMO technology, develop the event system, and conduct system test work.
 The NMO, which is targeted to the management of heterogeneous networks, handles the support of the simple network management protocol (SNMP) and the common management interface protocol (CMIP) management protocols in distributed environments. The NMO is designed to support legacy systems as well as work with emerging standards. The underlying technologies that were selected by OSF come from Bull, Hewlett Packard, and Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme. OSF has for the past year led a combined team of the above companies which has prepared for this final integration process.
 "We are delighted to work with Bull as the primary integrator for completion of the NMO project," said Jeanette Horan, vice president of Interoperable Technologies at OSF. "Bull has extensive experience in the development and implementation of networking solutions and was the provider of the XMP technology. The NMO is a key technology that meets a very real user need for managing distributed environments."
 "We are highly supportive of the OSF effort to accelerate the availability to the user community of this standard, non-proprietary-based platform component," said Denis Attal, vice president Bull ISM Business Unit. "This release will undoubtedly hasten the availability of standard solutions for network management, so much required by the world-wide user community. Bull hails OSF's proven track record of service to the ultimate benefit of the end-user," continued Attal.
 Bull is one of the worldwide leading European-based suppliers of information systems with a presence in over 100 countries. Bull develops, manufactures and sells mainframes and open distributed information systems with strengths in networking, distributed computing, systems management, transaction processing, systems integration, integrated software engineering and personal computers. In addition, Bull provides integrated product and service solutions. The company has clearly stated its long-term dedication to open systems and distributed computing by developing a "framework" known throughout the world as the Distributed Computing Model. This model provides customers and independent software vendors with a development and an integration framework, and set of specifications for services, application interfaces and exchange protocols that define the evolution of Bull product offerings in the future.
 The Open Software Foundation is a not-for-profit research and development organization with the objective of enabling business users of information technology to exploit that technology to fundamentally change and improve the way they do business. OSF supplies software to make information technology easier to learn and easier to use, while enabling various vendors equipment to work together, and information and applications to be accessed and shared across distributed, open computing environments. OSF has created a coalition of vendors and users working together, using an innovative open process, to find and implement the best, most business relevant technologies from organizations throughout the world. Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., the OSF has over 400 members and 300 employees worldwide.
 NOTE: OSF and Open Software Foundation are trademarks of the Open Software Foundation, Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Jane Smeloff of Open Software Foundation, 617-621-8997; or Michel Nico of Bull, Paris, 33-1-4696-8860/


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