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APPLE BOOSTS WORKGROUP SERVER 95 FLEXIBILITY BY ENHANCING PERFORMANCE AND STORAGE CAPACITY OPTIONS FOR WORKGROUP APPLICATIONS

 CUPERTINO, Calif., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) announced today enhancements and two new high-end configurations to its most powerful and expandable server line for delivering workgroup applications as well as file-and-print or database services to large or data-intensive workgroups. The enhancements to the Apple Workgroup Server 95 product line include both hardware and software, giving users an average of 40 percent higher performance when using Apple's latest file service solution -- AppleShare(R) Pro 1.1. In addition, a new storage subsystem has been added, increasing hard- disk drive performance and allowing for internal storage of up to 10 gigabytes (GB) of server data.
 The announcement follows a customer satisfaction survey, conducted by the Newton, Massachusetts-based market research firm Business Research Group (BRG), which gave the Apple Workgroup Server 95 high marks for overall performance, ease-of-use and technical phone support. The survey revealed that nine out 10 of the customers questioned reported being very satisfied with the Apple Workgroup Server 95 and that they would recommend the system to their colleagues. "The satisfaction numbers were extremely high especially for a first release product," said Kevin O'Neill, BRG vice president of research and consulting.
 All of the latest features of the Apple Workgroup Server 95 will be demonstrated at the Apple Pavilion at the MacWorld Expo T94 trade show, Jan. 5-8, in San Francisco.
 "With the latest enhancements to the AWS 95, we are giving users optimized price/performance options as we migrate our server platforms to include PowerPC microprocessor-based systems later this year," said Jim Groff, senior director for the Apple Business Systems Division. "Our high-end server customers can take advantage of the latest features and performance of the Apple Workgroup Server 95 today while remaining secure that their investment will be capable of migrating to the Apple's RISC platform later."
 The Apple Workgroup Server 95 uses a Motorola 33-MHz 68040 processor and comes with a minimum of 16MB of parity RAM (expandable to 256MB), four SCSI channels (two SCSI DMA), four NuBus expansion slots, and a choice of hard drive capacities. The system is also expandable up to 20 SCSI drives with room for six internal SCSI drives. The Apple Workgroup Server 95 comes in a variety of server configurations to meet a range of customer needs. Apple also intends to make the new server software available to current Apple Workgroup Server 95 customers.
 Software Enhancements
 The Apple Workgroup Server 95 uses a new version of A/UX (version 3.1). The latest version of Apple's multi-tasking, tunable version of the UNIX operating system gives Apple Workgroup Server 95 users improved performance. The new server version of A/UX has been optimized specifically for workgroup applications such as file-and- print or database services while maintaining the Macintosh ease of use customers expect from A/UX. In addition, the A/UX server operating system features asynchronous I/O and SCSI DMA driver support as well as support for AppleTalk and TCP/IP networking protocols. It is compatible with System 7.0.1, allowing users to run System 7.0.1 server applications in parallel with UNIX applications while taking advantage of easy-to-use installation, management and backup functions.
 AppleShare Pro (version 1.1) running on the Apple Workgroup Server 95 has also been tuned to provide a file-and-print server solution that boosts performance up to more than five times that of AppleShare 3 running on a Quadra 950.
 According to tests run by Pharos Technologies Inc., an independent software development company, software enhancements to the Apple Workgroup Server 95 have significantly improved the throughput performance of the system. Pharos reports sequential reads have improved an average of 12 percent, while sequential writes, a very I/O-intensive function, have improved by approximately 70 percent over the previous version of the Apple Workgroup Server 95. Enumerate performance, including tasks such as browsing through files and directories on the server, increased in speed by 123 percent over benchmark performance of the previous version of the system.
 Increased Storage Capacity
 The latest version of the Apple Workgroup Server 95 has also been designed with a new higher performing and higher capacity hard-disk drive, providing 2GB of disk storage. With new disk-drive mounting brackets built into the system, a total of five hard-disk drives can be linked internally to provide users with up to 10GB of data storage. This gives users greater flexibility and disk space for managing large amounts of data. In addition, the new hard-disk drive has an improved data access time of 12 milliseconds (Msec) and a seek time of 9 Msec, compared with 16 Msec and 11 Msec, respectively, for the existing 1GB hard-disk drives.
 Third-Party Support
 Apple continues to work with several third-party firms to provide value-added solutions for the Apple Workgroup Server 95. For instance, FWB Inc., a leading supplier of mass storage products for Macintosh and the Apple Workgroup Server family, will provide an internal disk array capable of both RAID 0 data striping for high sustained throughput and RAID 1 disk mirroring for fault-tolerant data needs. Other companies, such as Conley Corp., CORE International and MegaDrive, currently provide external RAID solutions for the Apple Workgroup Server 95.
 Exide Electronics intends to offer network power management software and Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) with the Apple Workgroup Server 95 during the first quarter of 1994. This solution provides a graphical network monitoring interface, including management of power resources across the network and controlled server shutdown to prevent data loss duriog power failure.
 Availability, Pricing and Configurations
 Apple intends to offer the two new server products to all markets that currently sell the Apple Workgroup Server 95 and will be available through Apple authorized dealers and resellers, with the exception of Performa mass market resellers. Customers can choose from a number of service and support options offered through Apple and its reseller partners, including Apple's free lifetime (7 day, 24 hour) technical phone support provided for its entire Apple Workgroup Server product line.
 The latest version of the Apple Workgroup Server 95 is expected to begin shipping by the end of February 1994. The Apple Workgroup Server 95 will be available in file-and-print and database configurations (all hardware prices are ApplePrices, and prices and configurations may vary outside the United States.). AppleShare Pro 1.0 is available immediately through Apple resellers and dealers for a suggested retail price in the United States of $2,399.
 Configurations Available in February
 Current Apple Workgroup Server 95 customers who purchased their system before December 1993 can upgrade their system software in February for $199 (U.S.). Call the Apple Network Information Line at 408-862-3385 for more details. Apple intends to have the following configurations available by the end of February:
 Apple Workgroup Server 95 $11,995
 -- 32MB of RAM, 2000MB hard disk, DDS-DC backup drive,
 AppleShare Pro pre-installed on the hard disk,
 256KB second-level cache, A/UX tuned for file-and-print
 Apple Workgroup Server 95 $11,795
 -- 48MB of RAM, 250MB and 2000MB hard disk,
 DDS-DC backup drive, 512KB second-level cache,
 A/UX tuned for relational database
 Current Configurations
 For customers who purchased the Apple Workgroup Server 95 in December 1993, January or February 1994, software upgrades are planned to be available by the end of February 1994 at no charge. Call the Apple Network Information Line at 408-862-3385 for more details. The following Apple Workgroup Server configurations are available immediately:
 Apple Workgroup Server 95 $5,409
 -- 16MB of RAM, 230MB hard disk,
 128KB second-level cache, Tuned for
 file-and-print or relational database
 Apple Workgroup Server 95 $10,349
 -- 32MB of RAM, 1000MB hard disk, DDS-DC
 backup drive, AppleShare Pro pre-installed
 on the hard disk, 512KB second-level cache,
 A/UX tuned for file-and-print
 Apple Workgroup Server 95 $10,159
 -- 48MB of RAM, 230MB and 1000MB hard disk,
 DDS-DC backup drive, 512KB second-level cache,
 A/UX tuned for relational database
 Upgrade Kits for Quadra 900, 950
 Owners of Macintosh Quadra 900 and 950s can upgrade their hardware to an Apple Workgroup Server 95 via two upgrade kit options (prices are U.S. ApplePrice and may vary outside the United States):
 The Apple Workgroup Server 95 PDS Card Upgrade Kit $2,219
 -- Includes a Processor Direct Slot card with 128K
 second-level memory cache on-board and the server
 version of A/UX system software.
 The Apple Workgroup Server 95 PDS Card Upgrade Kit
 with DDS-DC and Retrospect Remote back-up software $3,909
 -- Includes a Processor Direct Slot card with 128K
 second-level memory cache on-board and the server
 version of A/UX system software and an internal
 Digital Data Storage-Data Compression (DDS-DC)
 4mm tape backup drive and the latest version Dantz
 Retrospect Remote A/UX backup software.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, AppleShare, AppleTalk, A/UX and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark of UNIX Systems Labs, a Division of Novell Inc. Retrospect Remote is a trademark of Dantz Corporation.
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 /CONTACT: Emilio Robles of Apple Computer, 408-862-5671; or John McCreadie of Regis McKenna, 408-974-4398, for Apple/
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