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 LAS VEGAS, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Apple Business Systems Division of Apple Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) today announced that more than 12 leading third-party vendors will be shipping products built upon the Apple Remote Access product family architecture. The Apple Remote Access product family architecture consists of the new AppleTalk Remote Access Protocol (ARAP)
2.0 and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Third-party vendors utilizing the Apple Remote Access product family architecture offer Apple Remote Access users a wide variety of solutions, enhancements and options.
 The Apple Remote Access architecture empower third-party vendors to create a variety of service solutions including: the building of stand-alone remote access servers, security enhancements, and reporting applications.
 "The Apple Remote Access architecture offer excellent opportunities to third party and in-house developers to create complimentary solutions that work in concert with the Apple Remote Access product family," said Jim Groff, senior director for the Apple Business Systems LAN Systems Group.
 Apple Remote Access Portability
 Leading companies such as APT Communications, Inc.; Cayman Systems; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Computer Methods Corporation; FCR Software, Inc.; Global Village Communication, Inc.; Pacer Software, Inc.; Shiva Corporation; Telebit; Webster Computer Corporation; and Xylogics, Inc. have announced independent products that support ARAP 2.0. These companies are building server functionality into other devices such as: dial-in communication equipment, routers, bridges, print and file servers and other computer systems or stand alone products.
 Integrated Security Solutions
 Key security vendors such as Digital Pathways, Inc.; MicroFrame, Inc.; Open Computing Security Group (OCSG); and Security Dynamics, Inc. have announced Apple Remote Access security products. These security products augment the advanced security features already found in the Apple Remote Access MultiPort Server and adhere to recognized security standards such as Kerberos network access security, Digital Encryption Standard (DES) password scrambling, and other token and card-based systems. The security functionality is added by the vendors through the Apple Remote Access security architecture which includes a Client and Server Security Application Programming Interface (API).
 Reporting and Call Accounting
 Additional third-party opportunities are available through the Apple Remote Access MultiPort Server logging system. They can incorporate the logging information into network management and resource allocation solutions. This information is readily available to any solution since it is stored as tab-delimited text. Examples of accessible information include: date and time of connections, disconnection, and connection-attempts events. Other available information includes user IDs, optional accounting and charge back identification information.
 Remote Access Client Interfaces
 Third-parties can also hook their applications directly into the Apple Remote Access Client through the architecture's API for the customization of
commercial and in-house applications. This allows third-party applications to dial-out and make connections transparently to remote networks without the users knowledge or training of Apple Remote Access Client software. Examples of companies developing these kinds of products include Farallon Computing, Inc. and No Hands Software.
 Modem and Terminal Adapter Support
 While Apple has included automated modem scripts in it's new products for most of the leading modem and ISDN terminal adapter companies, it has also created the Apple Remote Modem Access Scripting Guide and the Modem Workshop Software, which allows modem vendors, in- house developers, and other technical users to write scripts for their particular modems, terminal adapters or PBX systems.
 Apple Remote Access Architecture Products and Availability
 The Apple Remote Access architecture consist of the enhanced AppleTalk Remote Access Protocol (ARAP) 2.0 specification and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). The ARAP 2.0 specification provides the necessary interfaces for building compliant servers. The APIs include the security and client application interfaces.
 The protocol specifications and APIs are available in the AppleTalk Remote Access Protocol Developers Kit V.2.0. The Modem Scripting Guide and Modem Workshop software are available in the AppleTalk Remote Access Modem Tool Kit V.2.0. Each of these tool kits are available for $50.00 (U.S.) from APDA, Apple's source for developer tools. APDA can be contacted by calling 800-282-2732 (U.S.), 800-637-0029 (CANADA), or 716-871-6555 (INTERNATIONAL).
 Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Apple Computer, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets personal computer, server and personal interactive electronic systems for use in business, education, the home, science, engineering and government. A recognized pioneer and innovator in the personal computer industry, Apple does business in more than 120 countries.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, AppleTalk are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the United States and other countries. OCSG are registered trademarks of the Open Computing Security Group. Kerberos is a registered trademark of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Other company and product names may be trademarks of registered trademarks of the individual companies.
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