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ENCINA AT THE CENTER OF SEVERAL INDUSTRY ANNOUNCEMENTS; TRANSARC ANNOUNCES ENCINA PRODUCT ENHANCEMENTS, PARTNERS PROGRAM

 ENCINA AT THE CENTER OF SEVERAL INDUSTRY ANNOUNCEMENTS;
 TRANSARC ANNOUNCES ENCINA PRODUCT ENHANCEMENTS, PARTNERS PROGRAM
 NEW YORK, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Transarc Corporation today announced several enhancements to its Encina family of products for open online transaction processing (OLTP).
 Planned for availability in 1993, additions to the Encina products include a Recoverable Queueing Service and COBOL language support for Encina applications. Additionally, the company unveiled its Encina Partners Program, designed to support rapid growth in Encina expertise and Encina-based third-party products. Transarc's announcement is in conjunction with a series of announcements from other hardware and software vendors who have outlined plans to integrate with or release Encina-based products.
 Announcement Roundup -- Encina: The Foundation
 Industry leaders in transaction processing and related services today revealed plans to deliver a series of products based on Encina. "Today's announcements reinforce the important leadership role Encina will play in a new generation of computing solutions -- multivendor, open, distributed transaction processing," commented Alfred Spector, Transarc's president and chief executive officer. "As companies such as IBM (NYSE: IBM) and others who have announced today begin delivering DCE and Encina-based OLTP products, they substantiate the viability of broad-based commercial computing, in general, and OLTP specifically, on open hardware platforms."
 A summary of today's announcements includes:
 -- IBM announced availability of the Encina family of products for AIX/6000. In addition, IBM announced the availability of CICS/6000, the newest member of the industry-leading family of CICS products, which is based on the OSF's Distributed Computing Environment (DCE) and Transarc's Encina open OLTP technology.
 -- Micro Focus, the dominant provider of COBOL language compilers, announced plans to enhance Micro Focus COBOL to support Encina. This includes the ability for COBOL programs to use the Encina Monitor and DCE Remote Procedure Calls.
 -- JYACC, developer and distributor of the popular JAM rapid application builder, announced support for Encina through the JAM/TP interface. JAM/TP is a layered, add-on product that permits developers to quickly and easily link JAM client presentation services with Encina OLTP services.
 -- American Management Systems (AMS), Knowledge Systems Corporation (KSC) and Transarc announced plans to develop object-oriented interfaces to Encina, including Smalltalk and C plus plus support.
 -- Informix Software, a leading supplier of information management software, announced plans to support the Encina Monitor with its INFORMIX-TP/Toolkit product. This allows developers to write distributed OLTP applications that employ the Encina Monitor using Informix's 4GL family of tools.
 Encina Recoverable Queueing Service Announced
 Also today, Transarc announced the Encina Recoverable Queueing Service (RQS) addition to its family of transaction processing software. Recoverable queues ensure fast response and failure recovery in transaction processing systems, thereby fulfilling important OLTP needs of many industries including banking, brokerage, medical, manufacturing and retail. Greg Biltz, vice president of Miles Burke Associates, agrees: "Queueing is going to be an integral part of the whole process of building transaction processing programs in any kind of environment. Encina's Recoverable Queueing Service covers all of the essential needs and fills a big hole in building OLTP systems."
 Typical business transactions are structured so that each step of a transaction must complete successfully before the entire transaction is finished. For many applications -- particularly those with which users directly interact (e.g. funds transfer, data entry, point-of-sale) -- response time is crucial. In such cases, it is essential to guarantee the outcome of transactions without waiting for all steps associated with the transaction to commit.
 The Encina Recoverable Queuing Service addresses these needs. It provides reliable, decoupled transaction processing -- facilitating the segmentation of complex business functions into individual transactions without sacrificing transactional guarantees. Critical data can thereby by enqueued in realtime, then dequeued independently for further processing. This service is accessed transactionally -- that is, the failure of either the enqueueing or dequeueing transaction would cause any queue modifications to be rolled back.
 Since the Recoverable Queueing Service exploits Encina's modular, layered technology, it automatically acquires important transactional and DCE-based functions: no queue data is lost because of crashes or media failures; backup and archiving use the same mechanisms as other Encina services; protection and administration are performed using the same DCE facilities as other DCE services. The reuse of Encina and DCE services allows systems administrators to reuse their expertise in installing, running and administering the Recoverable Queueing Service.
 The Encina Recoverable Queueing Service will be available to source code customers in the first half of 1993.
 Encina Monitor to Support COBOL Language
 Another Encina product enhancement announced today by Transarc is COBOL language support for the Encina Monitor. Encina support for COBOL means that existing COBOL applications can be ported more easily, many COBOL tools can be used with Encina applications, and COBOL programmers can reuse their skills and expertise when building distributed transaction processing applications.
 As Owens-Corning Fiberglas' Tom Mann explains, "Encina-COBOL support allows us to apply our vast experience in building transactional business applications as we build new distributed applications. With this support, we can aggressively move forward in applying DCE and Encina to solve our enterprise-wide needs." Encina COBOL support provides the means for today's commercial programmers to exploit leading-edge distributed transaction processing.
 COBOL support for the Encina Monitor includes capabilities for COBOL applications to run as client applications as well as server applications under the Encina Monitor. COBOL clients may also access non-COBOL servers, allowing new server technologies to be added seamlessly into COBOL environment. In addition, COBOL programmers may transparently use Encina's Structured File Server, thereby gaining the benefits of large-scale, secure data storage without changing their COBOL programs. Because of Encina's modular, layered approach, COBOL server programs that use the Encina Monitor include X/Open XA support, which allows COBOL programs to transactionally access third-party relational database products in a distributed application. Applications may also access remote applications using Encina's Peer-to-Peer Communications Services.
 COBOL support is scheduled for shipment to source code customers in the second half of 1993.
 The Encina Partners Program
 Transarc today announced the Encina Partners Program -- a collection of services designed to support the efforts of industry-leading consultants, systems integrators, and independent software vendors in gaining Encina expertise and delivering Encina-based products.
 John Schiller, Transarc's manager of marketing strategy commented, "This program is our commitment to customers to help promote the development of tools and applications and to create a pool of Encina experts on which the industry can draw. Participating organizations will be vital in helping customers to more quickly implement open OLTP solutions based on Encina."
 One aspect of this program is focused on consultants and systems integrators who have committed to delivering service based on their Encina and DCE skills. This program will help to ensure that end users around the world have a growing source of Encina/DCE experts who can help design and implement Encina-based applications.
 "Ernst & Young is pleased to participate in the Encina Partners Program," according to Clint Alston, national director of technology services for Ernst & Young. "We believe DCE and Transarc's Encina software represent an important step forward in providing more highly distributed technology architectures."
 In addition to Ernst & Young, initial consultants and systems integrators announcing commitment to the Encina Partners Program include Data Logic, Hoskyns Group, Locus Computing, Open Environment Corporation, Pencom Software, and Transaction Information Systems.
 Encina for Open Distributed Transaction Processing
 The Encina family of transaction processing products provides a comprehensive framework for the development and deployment of distributed and transactional applications. Built on distributed services provided by the Open Software Foundation's Distributed Computing Environment (DCE), Encina products have been endorsed as the basis for strategic, open online transaction processing solutions from leading commercial computing vendors including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Stratus, NEC and Hitachi. In 1993, Transarc plans to deliver a production-quality implementation of its Encina products on Sun platforms including Solaris 2.0.
 About Transarc Corporation
 Transarc Corporation is a developer of systems software products for open, distributed computing environments. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, the company's products focus on two main areas of distributed computing -- file systems and transaction processing. Transarc's first major file systems product, AFS(R)3, is licensed and supported in 16 countries worldwide. Early Encina customers include Citibank and Charles Schwab & Co. Transarc continues -- as it has since its formation in 1989 -- to invest in the development of innovative software products for distributed computing.
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 /EDITORS: AFS, Encina and Transarc are registered trademarks of Transarc Corporation. UNIX is a registered trademark of UNIX System Laboratories Inc. in the USA and other countries. All other brands and product names appearing within this news release may be trademarks or registered trademarks of third parties./
 /CONTACT: Mark Power, 412-338-4483, or John Schiller, 412-338-4446, both of Transarc Corporation/
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