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ADVANTIS ENHANCES SERVICES, EXTENDS OPEN SYSTEMS SUPPORT

 TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Three new services, designed to meet the needs of companies looking for ways to streamline business processes and increase their competitiveness, were announced today by Advantis(A).
 The services, which support open systems and help companies exploit advances in networking technology, include: Advantis Custom Network Solutions, which fulfill specific customer networking requirements; local area network (LAN) internetworking solutions, one of Advantis' Network Services offerings that meets distributed computing needs; and SHOWBBS, an interactive bulletin board facility, expanding Advantis' family of Messaging Services.
 Custom Network Solutions
 Custom Network Solutions includes privately managed networks including hardware, software and bandwidth; and network implementation services to address individual customer requirements for designing and implementing networks, or expanding or improving an existing network. Custom Network Solutions can be composed of the following services: re-engineering; network operation and management; installation; design; carrier and equipment vendor management; integration of data, voice and video networks; management of satellite networks; design and implementation for multimedia applications; and solutions for LAN-to-LAN communications. Advantis provides a flexible range of outsourcing options for businesses of all sizes. Custom Network Solutions and LAN internetworking solutions are tailored to customer requirements and are available as special requests.
 LAN Internetworking Solutions
 Businesses need solutions for distributed computing that include communication for LAN applications across high-speed wide area networks (WANs) and support for a variety of protocols. LAN-to-LAN communications and client-server processing are playing an increasingly important role in desktop or distributed computing. LAN internetworking solutions enable high-speed WAN connections for applications in a LAN environment, including client-server, file server and file transfer.
 Advantis LAN internetworking solutions support the following protocols: TCP/IP, NetBIOS, Novell(B) IPX(B) and SNA(C).
 SHOWBBS
 Information access is playing a greater role in effective business communication. SHOWBBS, an online, interactive bulletin board application, enables companies to keep in touch with their clients, customers, employees, suppliers and sales agents. This easy-to-use bulletin board facility, linked to Advantis' electronic mail system, makes communication simpler and more efficient. SHOWBBS is designed to provide around-the-clock support and electronic ordering as well as data entry services. The application can be customized to make it easier for service providers to share information with users.
 Advantis is a networking technology company that provides an unequaled spectrum of network offerings for custom networking solutions and value-added networking. These new services demonstrate Advantis' plan to support open systems, new technologies and customer trends. The company, a partnership formed by IBM, through its wholly owned subsidiary Integrated Systems Solutions Corporation (ISSC), and Sears, Roebuck and Co., was announced in August 1992 and began operation Dec. 1, 1992. Advantis is headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., a suburb northwest of Chicago.
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 /NOTE TO EDITOR: (A) -- Advantis is a trademark of Advantis; (B) -- Novell and IPX are trademarks of Novell, Inc.; (C) -- SNA is a registered trademark of the International Business Machines Corporation.
 CONTACT: Linda Wizner of Advantis, 813-878-5472/


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