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A NEW GENERATION: IBM BOOSTS AS/400 POWER UP TO 60 PERCENT, ENHANCES OPENNESS, CLIENT/SERVER CAPABILITIES

 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- In the fourth major refresh in less than five years, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a new generation of its highly acclaimed Application System/400 (A) (AS/400 |A~), dramatically increasing the system's power, price/performance and openness, and its application development and client/server capabilities.
 New F model processors are up to 60 percent more powerful and offer price/performance improvements averaging 26 percent. The new Model F80 has demonstrated the best throughput of any major competitor as measured by the independent Transaction Processing Performance Council's benchmark C for commercial applications (TPC-C).
 To power the new high-end processors, Models F70 through F95, IBM is using advanced technologies to repackage the system processor card into a single module -- a card on a module almost twice as fast and 20 times more reliable.
 Following are highlights of the announcement:
 -- Fourteen new F Model processors provide 15 to 60 percent more throughput, an average of 35 percent more power across the product line.
 -- A new release of Operating System/400* incorporates an Integrated Language Environment for faster, more flexible and efficient application development.
 -- Two new programs and Statements of Direction enhance the system's communications facilities and openness.
 -- Enhanced software and complete, packaged systems further transform the AS/400 into a powerful client/server system.
 -- A new systems management offering provides automated management of AS/400 operations.
 -- Higher capacity models of the industry-leading 9337 Disk Array Subsystem use IBM's new two-billion-byte, or gigabyte GB), 3-1/2-inch disk drives.
 -- New models of advanced optical and tape devices offer increased storage capacities, and new serial matrix printers provide low-cost, heavy-duty printing.
 IBM Senior Vice President John M. Thompson, general manager of Application Business Systems, noted, "The products and enhancements announced today meet critical needs of our customers for increased throughput, storage, and cooperative processing. They open the way to even more productive applications on smaller systems, on client/server systems and on more easily managed, large AS/400 networks."
 Operating System/400
 The new release of Operating System/400 (OS/400 |A~), Version 2 Release 3, provides enhanced system facilities, improved communications and a new Integrated Language Environment (ILE |A~) for programming languages.
 Also announced was the first ILE programming language, ILE C/400 (A), with new functions and enhanced compilers. In a Statement of Direction, IBM said it intends to provide ILE RPG/400 and ILE COBOL/400 next year.
 With ILE and enhanced languages, developers can increase their flexibility and productivity by using the most efficient language for a particular module of a program. The system links the modules into application programs and provides a consistent runtime environment.
 Openness
 IBM expanded its rollout of openness with two new programs and a number of Statements of Direction.
 A new program, TCP/IP File Server Support/400, provides a server implementation of the widely used SUN Microsystems Network File System (B) (NFS) on the AS/400. A new application development toolkit will give developers the ability to build distributed applications based on the remote procedure call of the Open Software Foundation's Distributed Computing Environment (OSF/DCE).
 IBM also reported it has an agreement to use code provided by Mortice Kern Systems, Inc., for shell and utilities for the AS/400, laying the groundwork for compliance with a key standard of POSIX (C).
 The company said in a Statement of Direction that it intends to seek formal "XPG4 Base Branding" designation of a future release of OS/400 as open system compliant by the independent X/Open organization, of which IBM is a member.
 Performance
 The powerful F model processors provide throughput improvements from 15 percent on the 9404 Model F25 to 60 percent on the 9406 Model F50. They support up to twice as much memory and disk storage, and up to twice as many workstations and up to almost three times as many communication lines.
 The high-end 9406 Models F70, F80, F90 and F95 use a system processor with new Bi-CMOS chips, employing a hybrid of bipolar and complementary metal-oxide semiconductor technologies. The Bi-CMOS chips operate almost twice as fast as current logic chips. IBM is using advanced packaging technology to put the logic and processor memory chips, which are now on a processor board, on a single processor module, providing greater reliability and processor speed.
 New AS/400 models have shown outstanding performance on the TPC-C benchmark. The F80 has recorded greater performance than any competitive product on the TPC-C benchmark -- 580.3 transactions per minute on benchmark C (tpmC) at a cost of $3,280 per tpmC. The smallest midsize model, the F10, ran 66.1 tpmC at $2,097 per tpmC and the F35 was measured at 98.6 tpmC at $2,446 per tpmC.
 All the new F models use the 1GB disk drive for internal storage, tripling integrated disk storage on 9406 models from 1.28GB to 3.9GB. External direct access disk storage on the high-end models has been dramatically increased, to 165GB from 123GB on top-of-the line Models F70, F80, F90 and F95.
 Processing power has been increased on all midsize 9404 and entry- level 9402 systems, and the 1.2GB 1/4-inch Cartridge Tape Unit is now standard on these systems.
 Storage
 New models of the 9337 Disk Array Subsystem use new, 2GB, 3-1/2-inch disk drives, providing twice as much high availability and basic storage for high-end 9406 systems with greater reliability at lower cost per megabyte.
 The high-availability 9337 Model 140 uses a variation of the Redundant Array of Independent Disks, Level 5 (RAID-5) technique, introduced last year. If one of the drives fails, the subsystem reconstructs the data and continues operating while the failed drive is repaired or replaced. The Model 40, a basic disk array, can store up to 14GB and can be upgraded to the Model 140. On the Model 140, the RAID-5 technique uses a portion of each of the first four drives for parity, and each 9337 has a capacity of almost 12GB.
 With the new version of the operating system, OS/400 V2R3, customers can mix high-availability 9337 Subsystems using RAID-5 with their mirrored disk drives in the same AS/400 Auxiliary Storage Pool, making it even easier to protect the system from any single disk drive failure.
 IBM announced higher capacity models of the 7208 8-millimeter tape drive and of the directly attached 3995 Optical Library Dataserver. Also announced were lower cost 4230 heavy-duty serial matrix printers.
 Systems Management
 For systems management, IBM announced a new offering, SystemView (A) Automation Center/400, developed with its alliance partner, Candle Corporation. The offering provides easy and efficient management of a single system or a network of systems through a graphical user interface at a single workstation.
 Client/Server
 New AS/400 Client Series* offerings identify advanced IBM and vendor application development tools and end user products to support "open client" environments -- OS/2 (A), Windows (B) and Macintosh (B). The series provides products and support to access applications and data graphically and tools to build new graphical, client/server applications.
 Another new offering, the AS/400 Server Series (A), provides a complete client/server system with preconfigured AS/400 and PS/2 (A) hardware and all the necessary pre-installed software ready to run business applications. The Server Series is available for the AS/400 entry-level or midsize systems, and is designed to support IBM Business Partners in providing client/server-based applications.
 The function-rich PC Support/400 program, which extends AS/400 resources and server functions to client PS/2s, has been enhanced, especially for OS/2 client workstation support. The program's RUMBA/400 feature, a graphical 5250 emulator, now works with both OS/2 (A) and Windows (A) platforms.
 In a Statement of Direction, IBM said it plans to announce new LAN adapters this year to connect AS/400 systems to fiber optic and shielded twisted pair wire local area networks operating at 100 million bits a second. The high-speed LANs are increasingly being used for client/server and larger networks and to support graphics, imaging and similar applications.
 The AS/400
 Since its introduction in June 1988, the AS/400 has become the world's most popular midrange system, with more than 200,000 systems installed and more than 20,000 applications available worldwide. The system has been refreshed four times with average improvements in price/performance of 30 percent each year and average annual increases in computing power at the top of the line of almost 70 percent.
 he 14 AS/400 F models introduced today support from two to 2,400 devices directly and additional devices through local and wide area networks, including a wide variety of IBM and OEM workstations, PCs, terminals and printers. The AS/400's easy-to-use operating system, Operating System/400, is designed to provide in one package all the facilities needed by commercial customers.
 Announcement details are included in releases on Hardware, Software, Client/Server, Application Development, Storage, Printers, Performance, Product of the Year, and in a fact sheet on Prices and Availability.
 (A) -- Trademark or registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.
 (B) -- The following are trademarks of the indicated companies: Network File System (SUN Microsystems, Inc.), UNIX (UNIX System Laboratories, Inc.), Windows (Microsoft Corporation), Macintosh (Apple Computer, Inc.).
 (C) -- POSIX is the Portable Operator System Interface for Computer Environments being established by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
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