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COMPUTER NETWORK TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCES CHANNELINK SUPPORT FOR SNMP NETWORK MANAGEMENT TOOLS

 COMPUTER NETWORK TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCES CHANNELINK
 SUPPORT FOR SNMP NETWORK MANAGEMENT TOOLS
 MAPLE GROVE, Minn., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Computer Network Technology Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: CMNT) (CNT) today announced CHANNELink(TM) support for the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), a network management protocol that allows CHANNELink networks to be managed as part of a large, multi-vendor network environment. CNT's SNMP products include support for industry-standard LAN and workstation interfaces as well as SNMP extensions to support CHANNELink networks operating in the IBM mainframe environment. These products are operational and are being demonstrated as part of CNT's booth at the Interop '92 trade show this week at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.
 CHANNELink systems provide an interoperable platform for building networks that include channel extension, channel routing, network-based storage, local area network (LAN) gateways and high-performance computing. CNT's customers are primarily large organizations with the need to move large volumes of data over extended distances at high speeds. Popular applications for CNT's systems include disaster recovery, data center consolidation and channel access to mainframes from workgroup LANs.
 Mac Lewis, CNT's president and chief executive officer, said the philosophy behind SNMP and CHANNELink systems make the two a natural fit. "Our customers are using CHANNELink systems to build enterprise- wide networks based on industry standards like the IBM channel, FDDI, HSSI and TCP/IP. These CHANNELink networks run multiple applications and interface to products from many vendors. Our customers are also using SNMP management stations, like HP Openview Network Node Manager from Hewlett Packard and SunNet Manager from Sun Microsystems, to provide a shared network management platform from which they can manage their multivendor network environment. The SNMP Agent we have built into CHANNELink lets our customers include their IBM channel networking environment on a shared SNMP network management platform, reduce network management costs, and simplify their network management techniques. The benefit for our customers is improved capabilities to support their enterprise networks and provide better service for their employees, customers and suppliers."
 Lewis said that CNT's SNMP Agent supports SNMP protocol and traps for MIB-II standard definitions, additional LAN-specific MIBs for ethernet and FDDI, and a large variety of extensions that provide implementation-specific information on IBM channels and other CHANNELink applications in enterprise-wide networks.
 CHANNELink's SNMP support joins other CNT network management products including Network Operator, a PC-based system, and Host Monitor Facility, which provides a network management interface to NetView (IBM's mainframe-resident network management product). These products provide CNT customers with network management tools to monitor network traffic from remote locations, upload new CHANNELink software to change network functionality, and diagnose problems on the network.
 The CHANNELink SNMP feature, which includes the Management Information Base (MIB), SNMP Agent, Proxy Agent and SNMP Traps, is offered as an internal licensed software option for $2,500 per system. Availability is scheduled for November of 1992.
 Computer Network Technology Corporation develops, manufactures and markets high-speed channel networking products for the interconnection of mainframe computers, database computers and peripheral devices over unlimited distances. The company's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol CMNT.
 NOTE: CHANNELink is a trademark of Computer Network Technology Corporation. All other trademarks referenced herein are the properties of their respective manufacturers.
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 /CONTACT: Doug Anderson of Computer Network Technology, 612-550-8000/
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