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APPLE EXTENDS DAL SERVER SOFTWARE WITH TCP/IP CONNECTIVITY TO ENHANCE CROSS-PLATFORM DATA ACCESS

 SAN FRANCISCO, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- In a move to support customers' rapid migration from proprietary backbone protocols to transmission control protocol/internet protocol (TCP/IP), the Enterprise Systems Division of Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) today announced full support of TCP/IP for its Data Access Language (DAL) server software products. Customers using TCP/IP will now be able to access data on any Apple DAL-supported server from an Apple Macintosh or DOS/Windows client.
 Apple today announced DAL Server for MVS TCP/IP, a new software product that allows Macintosh and Windows personal computers equipped with DAL client software and appropriate application access to IBM's
DB2 relational database manager via TCP/IP. Apple extended TCP/IP support to two existing DAL server software products, DAL Server for AS/400 and DAL Server for VAX/VMS.
 The three products announced today that support TCP/IP join two existing DAL server software products that currently support TCP/IP: DAL Server for A/UX and DAL Server for VM/CMS. DAL support for the Apple Workgroup Server 95, which was announced in April at AECC, also provides TCP/IP access.
 "While DAL has always been a powerful cross-platform relational database access mechanism, support for TCP/IP makes it an even more flexible client/server solution for customers," said John Nauman, senior director of integration technologies for Apple's Enterprise Systems Division. "We have seen the rapid migration to TCP/IP as a standard backbone protocol. Customers on TCP/IP can now use familiar Macintosh- or Windows-based personal computer applications, such as spreadsheets and databases, to access and manipulate data across an enterprise."
 New DAL Products Increase DAL's Cross-Platform Capability
 The new DAL server software products increase DAL's cross-platform capability with several new features. DAL server software for MVS TCP/IP supports IBM's MVS TCP/IP version 2.2.1 over Ethernet or Token Ring. This DAL product is the first middleware product that supports direct TCP/IP connectivity from the desktop to a DB2 environment.
 DAL server software for VAX/VMS supports Wollongong's WinTCP 5.2, TGV's Multinet TCP 3.2, Process Software's TCPWare 3.1 and DEC's TCP Services for Open VMS 2.0. DAL is the only middleware to the VAX environment that supports all four TCP/IP products.
 DAL server software for MVS TCP/IP, AS/400 and VAX/VMS is currently scheduled for June availability. DAL server software is licensed according to the number of concurrent users.
 List prices in the United States range from $35,000 to $50,000 for the DAL Server for MVS TCP/IP, $6,000 to $12,000 for the DAL Server for VAX/VMS and $4,250 to $20,000 for the DAL Server for AS/400. International pricing may vary.
 Blyth Developing Windows Sockets for Its DAL Client for Windows
 Blyth Software offers DAL client software for Windows and is currently developing a Windows Sockets interface for its DAL product. Windows Sockets is an open interface for network programming under Microsoft Windows. With support for Windows Sockets, any DAL Client for Windows application can be used to access database servers through a broader array of TCP/IP protocol stacks.
 "Our DAL Client for Windows with Windows Sockets support will give enterprise users greater flexibility in the number of TCP/IP Windows networking solutions they can use to access their corporate data," said Philip K. Edholm, vice president and general manager of Blyth Software. "Users with DAL clients will have more flexibility in the data servers they can access from TCP/IP without limiting themselves to any specific flavor of the protocol."
 New Applications and Tools Support DAL
 More than 40 commercial application and tools vendors currently support DAL, including 20 off-the-shelf, end-user applications and 23 application development tools. Among the new applications that support or plan support for DAL are query tools, business analysis tools and client/server developer tools.
 Developers will be able to use the new application development tools to easily build DAL capabilities into their products. Apple's support of Microsoft's Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) in its Data Access Manager (DAM) amd Microsoft's support for the DAL Client on Windows will simplify development because developers will only need to support one common API (DAM/ODBC) and one SQL data access mechanism (DAL) to reach 17 database environments.
 Among the new software vendors supporting DAL are Andyne, Claris Corp., Component Software Corp., Connectivite Corp., Computer Systems Advisers Inc., Digitalk Inc., Forte Software Inc., Inference Corp., Metropolis Software Inc., MITEM Corp., Powersoft Corp., SAS Institute Inc., SelectStar Inc., Serius Corp., TGS Systems Limited, Uniface Corp. and VISIX Software Inc.
 DAL Client/Server Software Enables Seamless Data Access Across an
 Enterprise
 Apple's DAL is a standard query language (SQL) client/server software product that allows users to seamlessly access information from 17 relational databases running on 15 host platforms and operating systems. DAL enables users to integrate the enterprise data into off-the-shelf and custom applications for further analysis, manipulation and reporting. DAL enables developers to create client/server applications that allow desktop computers to access and process data residing on host systems.
 DAL consists of DAL client software running on a Macintosh or DOS/Windows-based computer and DAL server software running on a minicomputer, mainframe or another desktop computer where enterprise data resides.
 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. VAX and VMS are trademarks of Digital Equipment Corp.
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