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COMPUTER NETWORK TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATES PARTNERSHIPS, NEW PRODUCTS AT INTEROP '92

 COMPUTER NETWORK TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATES PARTNERSHIPS,
 NEW PRODUCTS AT INTEROP '92
 SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Computer Network Technology Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: CMNT) (CNT) of Maple Grove, Minn. today began a series of live demonstrations of CHANNELink(TM) products the company has announced over the last several months. The demonstrations are taking place in conjunction with CNT's booth at INTEROP '92, an industry trade show being held this week at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.
 Mac Lewis, CNT president and CEO, said that the products being demonstrated highlight the value of CNT's partnerships with other companies. "Our customers are building enterprise-wide networks using products from many companies and are looking for ways to incorporate high-speed host and supercomputer channels into these networks. Our partnerships with other industry-leading vendors have enabled us to respond to these requirements with a solution that connects the channel to the enterprise-wide backbone network while spanning unlimited distances."
 One of the new products CNT is demonstrating at INTEROP '92 is the CHANNELink DASD interface. This product, which CNT announced in April of this year, allows hosts on a CHANNELink network to access DASD in other locations as if they had a local connection. Lewis said that this capability lets customers build remote mass storage facilities for such applications as disaster recovery. CNT's demonstration network at INTEROP '92 includes an IBM 9375 host computer communicating with a Symmetrix(TM) disk array from EMC Corporation over a DS-3 link. The network also includes a StorageTek 4480 tape controller and drive to show connectivity to other popular mass storage devices. CHANNELink supports a wide variety of mass storage devices including rotating disk drives, disk arrays, solid state disks, magnetic tape controllers and robotic tape libraries.
 Other recently announced products that CNT is demonstrating at INTEROP '92 include CHANNELink interfaces to FDDI and HSSI. These products, which integrate local-area networks with CHANNELink channel networks, are being demonstrated by running industry-standard TCP/IP communications between the IBM host and various LAN-based devices such as a workstation on a FDDI ring, a router from Cisco Systems, Inc. and a workstation on an Ethernet. Lewis said that in such configurations, the CHANNELink system is operating much like a router with a direct channel attachment. Said Lewis, "These configurations, which we call 'channel- attached gateways,' gives LAN users direct access to data center resources."
 In addition, CNT's demonstration at INTEROP '92 includes the CHANNELink interface to HIPPI, a standard 800 Mbps channel typically used in supercomputer environments. CNT's HIPPI interface can be used to connect any HIPPI device to the CHANNELink network including supercomputers, workstations, switches and frame buffers. In its network, CNT is demonstrating the CHANNELink HIPPI interface by connecting to a Sun workstation with a HIPPI interface board from Chi Systems.
 In addition to the demonstrations of recently announced products, CNT also announced at INTEROP '92 a new interface to network management products conforming to the industry-standard Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). Lewis said that CHANNELink support for SNMP will let CNT customers include their IBM channel networking environment on a shared SNMP network management platform, reduce network management costs, and simplify their network management techniques. CNT's demonstration network at INTEROP '92 features SunNet Manager(TM) from Sun Microsystems and HP Openview(TM) from Hewlett Packard.
 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.
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 /NOTE: CHANNELink is a trademark of Computer Network Technology Corporation. All other trademarks referenced herein are the properties of their respective manufacturers.
 /CONTACT: Doug Anderson of Computer Network Technology, 612-550-8000/
 (CMNT) CO: Computer Network Technology Corporation ST: Minnesota IN: CPR SU: PDT


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