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APPLE ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF SNMP SUPPORT FOR APPLETALK AND TCP/IP NETWORKS

 APPLE ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF SNMP SUPPORT FOR APPLETALK
 AND TCP/IP NETWORKS
 SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- At Interop Fall '92, Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) today announced pricing, packaging and availability for new AppleTalk and TCP/IP network software products that incorporate the standard Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). The two new products will enable system administrators to manage Macintosh personal computers on their global networks using existing SNMP management consoles.
 AppleTalk Connection for Macintosh and TCP/IP Connection for Macintosh bring SNMP manageability to any Macintosh computer running Apple's System 7 operating system. Both products provide a new System 7 service called the SNMP Manager, which is designed to support SNMP agents from Apple and Apple developers, including products such as WatchTower from InterCon Systems Corp. and LANsurveyor from Neon Software Inc.
 "Apple recognizes the need to integrate industry standards such as SNMP into AppleTalk and System 7," said Morris Taradalsky, vice president and general manager of Apple's Enterprise Systems Division. "This is just one example of Apple's drive to develop the robust networking products required by today's large organizations."
 The SNMP agents provided with AppleTalk connection and TCP/IP connection include the Network Agent, which collects data on the network data links; the AppleTalk Agent and TCP/IP Agent, which collect data about their respective transport protocols; and the Macintosh Agent, which collects data about the Macintosh computer hardware and software configuration. These agents allow system administrators, using a variety of different platforms, to track Macintosh computers over a network and to easily identify and diagnose network-related problems. All management information provided by these agents is available to Third Party SNMP consoles over both TCP/IP and AppleTalk protocols.
 SNMP is an industry-standard protocol for network management defined by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Together, the IETF and Apple have defined two standard MIBs (Management Information Bases) for AppleTalk which ensure that Macintosh computers will fit into existing SNMP management systems.
 AppleTalk Connection for Macintosh
 The AppleTalk Connection for Macintosh is a complete networking product that includes data link drivers for LocalTalk, Ethernet, and Token Ring, the AppleTalk transport protocols, NBP built-in naming service, and SNMP network manageability. It provides a foundation for network printing and file sharing, as well as for collaborative and client-server applications such as electronic mail and database service. The AppleTalk connection product provides a convenient way for Macintosh customers to add SNMP manageability while updating the AppleTalk software that comes bundled with their systems.
 AppleTalk is the network system built into every Macintosh computer. It operates over LocalTalk, Ethernet, Token-Ring and many other network datalinks. AppleTalk ensures resources are viewed in a consistent manner, independent of the computing platform on which the resources reside. AppleTalk services from Apple and Third Parties, including file, print, mail and calendar services, are known for their ease of installation and use.
 According to International Data Corp., AppleTalk is one of the most widely used network protocols worldwide with over 3.8 million nodes installed in 1991 and a 40 percent compound annual growth rate since 1989. This projects to about 5 million AppleTalk nodes installed worldwide by the end of 1992.
 TCP/IP Connection for Macintosh
 TCP/IP Connection for Macintosh provides the software necessary to connect a Macintosh personal computer to a TCP/IP network, and to manage the Macintosh computer from a console using the SNMP. The product includes the MacTCP Transport protocol; SNMP management agents for the data link, TCP/IP protocol, and Macintosh computer hardware and software; data-link drivers; a DNR hosts file interface; and a ping test application (MPing).
 TCP/IP connection provides the standard interface for all Macintosh- based TCP/IP network applications such as FTP, Telnet, NFS, and others. It allows either the users to set their own IP address, or the administrator to provide preset addresses to TCP/IP users. Driver software is included for Apple's LocalTalk, Ethernet, and Token Ring data links. TCP/IP connection is the source for the latest version of the TCP/IP network protocol for the Macintosh computer. It is available in a single-user package as well as in multi-user license extension products, which offer an economical option for large organizations.
 Apple also offers an administrator's kit for both AppleTalk connection and TCP/IP connection which provides comprehensive documentation and utilities for centralized configuration of the SNMP and TCP/IP software modules.
 Pricing and Availability
 AppleTalk Connection for Macintosh will be available in three versions for desktop users; the single-user package will be available for US$39, the 20 user package for US$200, and the 200 user package for US$1,400. The AppleTalk Connection for Macintosh Administrator's Kit will be available for US$129.
 TCP/IP Connection for Macintosh will be available in three versions for users. The single-user package will be available for US$59, the 20-user package for US$500, and the 200-user package for US$3,000. The TCP/IP Connection for Macintosh Administrator's Kit will be available for US$199. All of the prices listed represent the manufacturer's suggested retail price.
 All of these products will be available in Spring 1993 from Apple authorized resellers in the United States or by calling Apple Direct at 1-800-795-1000.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple Logo, Macintosh, AppleTalk, LocalTalk and MacTCP are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. System 7 is a trademark of Apple Computer Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Emilio Robles of Apple Computer, 408-862-5671, or John McCreadie of Regis McKenna, 408-974-4398, for Apple Computer/
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