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CUSTOMERS & VENDORS SUPPORT KEY ELEMENT OF NETWORKING BLUEPRINT; IBM EXPANDS ROUTER OFFERINGS & DEBUTS 1ST MEMBER OF NEW ARCHITECTURE PRODUCT

 WASHINGTON, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- At the InterOp Spring '93 Conference held here, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today made significant strides in offering businesses more cost-saving choices for connecting their local area networks and for running larger, wide area networks that contain different mission-critical applications and networking protocols.
 Highlights of the announcements include:
 -- A new entry-level model of its line of multiprotocol bridge/routers. The new model brings the same benefits and superior function of the mid-range models but at a lower cost, now making it more affordable to connect local area networks in smaller branch offices.
 -- The first members of a Multiprotocol Transport Networking product family for fully integrated communication among mixed-protocol networks. The new products benefit users of IBM mainframe and personal computers that support these mixed-protocol networks.
 -- A new architecture that provides the framework for these and future products in this family. IBM has submitted the architecture to the X/Open standards organization and is working with other vendors to develop products and extensions to the new architecture.
 "The strong message for our customers is that no other internetworking vendor today offers more multiprotocol products than IBM. With these new products, they have even more choices," said Dick Anderson, director of networking systems marketing for IBM US. "More than ever, multiprotocol' represents more than a concept or buzz word. It's real-world solutions to real business problems."
 "Today we are offering the choice and flexibility needed in today's diverse networks -- and we are delivering these products quickly," added Ellen Hancock, IBM senior vice president and general manager of Networking Systems. "In the context of the Networking Blueprint introduced last year, they respond to a clear shift from host-centric to network-centric environments."
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 /CONTACT: Nancy Meyers, InterOp Booth No. 450/460, or after March 11, 914-642-5458, or Clifton Scott, InterOp Booth No. 450/460, or after March 11, 914-642-5457, both of IBM/
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