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DIGITAL LAUNCHES WORLDWIDE INITIATIVE FOR OPEN CLIENT/SERVER COMPUTING; MASSIVE PRODUCT/SERVICE ROLLOUT FOR OPEN C/S SOLUTIONS

 MAYNARD, Mass., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Equipment Corporation (NYSE: DEC) today announced more than 150 products and services as part of a major worldwide initiative to help customers move to open client/server computing.
 Digital officials, at worldwide customer events today, positioned the new offerings in an open client/server strategy that customers can use to easily transform their organizations to be more competitive. More than 3,000 chief information officers and executives from major corporations were expected to attend the events.
 The company's massive product/service rollout includes: LinkWorks software, the industry's next generation of groupware (software for workgroups); major additions to UNIX and OpenVMS software; the second generation of Alpha AXP servers with industry-leading price/performance; new workstations, including the world's fastest desktop system, and best price/performance high-end system; advanced network management capabilities; and a suite of services for planning, integrating and maintaining client/server solutions.
 In addition, the company extended its improved pricing structure and simplified ordering procedures to the majority of its products and services offered worldwide.
 Most Complete Open Client/Server Solutions
 "Open client/server solutions will help customers transform their enterprises during the nineties for 21st century competitiveness," said William D. Strecker, vice president of engineering. "Digital and our partners offer the most complete open client/server solutions by integrating technology and expertise with an industry focus. In addition, Digital is currently offering thousands of open client/server applications from leading software suppliers."


Building Open Client/Server Frameworks
 Strecker said Digital is building software integration frameworks that will enable the company to lead the industry in delivering lower- cost open client/server solutions at a faster rate. Each framework will include the architecture, methodologies, facilities, and development tools for solving basic problems in open client/server computing. Frameworks will address customer needs for data integration, workgroup computing, enterprise messaging, production system computing, technical computing, and system and network management, he said. Strecker said client/server computing is not new. "It's an evolutionary computing style that empowers personal computer users to become 'clients' and request and receive services from 'servers' which are a combination of computers, applications, and data bases, " he said.


Industry's Next Generation Groupware...Today
 LinkWorks software is the industry's first object-oriented groupware for departmental and line-of-business managers. It enables managers to create a framework that integrates existing desktop and business applications to achieve efficient sharing of work. LinkWorks software capabilities far exceed those of competitive offerings. Any application or document incorporated into the framework can be manipulated as an active object by using simple icons.
 Using existing applications, LinkWorks customers can efficiently perform tasks associated with group sharing, routing, and electronic signature approval, shared filing, administration and management, event tracking and notification, and ad-hoc document management. Targeted markets and applications include: government departments, educational institutions, utility administration, commercial lending and portfolio administrationin banking: legal office practice management, healthcare administration, and collaborative research and development in the pharmaceutical industry. LinkWorks software works with popular desktop clients including, Macintosh, Microsoft WindowsPCs, and Motif workstations; servers include DEC OSF/1 AXP, ULTRIX, and SCO UNIX platforms. Future versions are planned for Windows NT and OS/2 Presentation Manager clients, and for Windows NT and OpenVMS servers. Prices start at $299 per user and shipments begin in December.


Best Price/Performance Servers and Workstations
 Digital announced its second generation of Alpha AXP servers which boast the best price/performance in the industry. Five new models are available ranging from the DEC 2000 Model 300, which provides Alpha AXP power at a PC server price, to the DEC 7000 system for large-scale commercial applications. Prices range from $6,995 for the Alpha AXP PC LAN server to $126,334 for the DEC 7000 system. Each server runs DEC OSF/1 AXP and OpenVMS AXP operating systems.
 Digital significantly enhanced the performance of its "Alpha-ready" VAX line with four new higher performance versions of the popular VAX 4000 server, along with low-cost system upgrades for existing VAX 4000 customers. In addition, an enhanced MicroVAX 3100 Model 90 server and powerful, new VAXft 810 fault tolerant system, were introduced. Digital also unveiled two workstations: the world's fastest desktop workstation, the DEC 3000 Model 600 AXP, and its new high-end, the DEC 3000 Model 800 AXP system. This workstationsets a new price/performance standard for high-end systems. The two systems are priced at $19,995 and $36,000, respectively. Available immediately, the DEC 3000 Model 600 runs at 175 MHz and the Model 800 at 200 MHz.
 Strecker said Alpha AXP technology has enabled Digital to capture the performance lead in microprocessor chips, PCs, workstations, single processor server and multiprocessor servers.
 Enhanced UNIX-Based Systems
 Digital today announced major new capabilities for its commercial and technical UNIX-based systems, with the introduction of more than 40 new products. The new version of Digital's UNIX operating system, DEC OSF/1 AXP V2.0, adds security, performance enhancements, and increased portability of applications. Digital's new System V Extensions bring its UNIX operating system to the closest compliance with the common set of APIs adopted by leading vendors on Sept. 1.
 New commercial products include symmetric multi-processing (SMP), a rapid recovery file system, automatic failover and recovery capabilities, system, storage, and network management tools, transaction processing and database software, networking products, PC integration software, clustering capabilities, and services which let customers downsize their applications from mainframes to open client/server UNIX environments.
 Mainframe Downsizing with OpenVMS Software
 Digital's new OpenVMS software running on Alpha AXP platforms is ideal for mainframe downsizing applications. Seventy new or updated layered software products are targeted to the 10 million OpenVMS users and to new customers who are deploying business-critical solutions using open client/server technology. The new offerings include product suites for software development, systems management, office and workgroups, production systems, data bases, networking and clustering. The new software complements the more than 1,500 OpenVMS applications already shipping on Alpha AXP systems. OpenVMS AXP software now incorporates key open standards including XPG3 branding, POSIX, Motif, TCP/IP, and SNA and a commitment to achieve XPG4 branding.
 Expanding the Boundaries . . .
 Digital also announced plans to expand the boundaries of open client/server computing so customers can fully harness high capacity applications, including very large databases, imaging, full-motion video, multimedia, advanced simulations, and virtual reality. Digital will enhance OpenVMS to provide support for 64-bit files and databases, introduce a new file system that can manage 10 Terabytes of data on-line (equivalent to more than 3 million, three-drawer file cabinets), and extend high availability and clustering capabilities to all popular PC and workstation clients. The new offerings are scheduled to be available within 18 months.
 Advanced Networking
 Digital's next generation of PATHWORKS software products and packaged servers provide the foundation for open client/server applications, integrating the broadest set of PCs, servers, and network operating systems. Enhancements include PATHWORKS ManageWORKS for multivendor management of network operating systems across the enterprise and an advanced object-oriented graphical user interface for Windows users to access and manage network resources. These new capabilities enable users to easily add and remove network users and resources, remotely configure servers and clients, and manage LAN Manager and NetWare servers.
 Worldwide Service and Support
 Digital introduced 10 new services to help customers plan, implement, and maintain reliable open client/server solutions worldwide. New multivendor customer services include: SystemHealthcheck, System Management Support, Remote System Management, Asset Management, and Software Publishing. All are designed to provide maximum support and availability.
 New consulting services include DECathena Management Services, Workgroup/End User Services, Information Architecture Planning, Client/Server Distributed Application Planning, and Rapid Application Prototyping. The worldwide Digital consulting organization helps develop open client/server applications through the entire process, from helping customers understand how these solutions can help their business, to implementing critical business applications based on open client/server computing.
 Open Business Pricing Practices
 Over the past year, Digital responded to customer demands for competitive pricing and simplified ordering procedures for commodity- like hardware products such as PCs, printers, storage systems, and networking components. Today, Digital said it has extended the improved pricing and ordering practices to nearly its entire worldwide product line, especially workstations, servers, and software. The company said the move is designed to offer customers "leadership price/performance at every price level," and would improve the way Digital compensates its business partners, including distributors, value-added resellers (VARs), and technical original equipment manufacturers (companies who embed Digital's computers in complex, specialized systems).
 Digital Equipment Corporation is the world's leader in openclient/server solutions from personal computing to integrated worldwide information systems. Digital's Alpha AXP platforms, storage, networking, software and services, together with industry-focused solutions from business partners, help organizations compete and win in today's global marketplace.
 NOTE: DEC, LinkWorks, OpenVMS, Alpha AXP, AXP, PATHWORKS, VAX, ULTRIX, MicroVAX, VAXft, and DECathena are trademarks of Digital Equipment Corporation. UNIX is a registered trademark of UNIX System Laboratories, Inc. OSF/1 and Motif are registered trademarks of the Open Software Foundation, Inc. IBM and OS/2 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. HP is a registered trademark of Hewlett-Packard Company. Sun is a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. NetWare is a registered trademark of Novell, Inc. SCO is a trademark of Santa Cruz Operations, Inc. Microsoft and Windows NT are registered trademarks and Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Macintosh is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.
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