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FROM THE DESKTOP TO THE ENTERPRISE, IBM OFFERS A MORE POWERFUL ARRAY OF NETWORKING OPTIONS

 FROM THE DESKTOP TO THE ENTERPRISE, IBM OFFERS
 A MORE POWERFUL ARRAY OF NETWORKING OPTIONS
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced new products that dramatically improve a customer's ability to do computing and share information across many different networking platforms. These products target productivity in large networks, as well as in the fast-growing arena of local-area networks (LANs), where resources such as printers, applications and files are shared among workstations and personal computers.
 Some of the highlights of today's announcements are:
 -- The 8250, IBM's first "multiprotocol hub" designed to connect different types of LANs into larger, enterprise-wide networks.
 -- Six new adapters for connecting personal computers to networks, with dramatic performance improvements and brand-new connectivity options.
 -- 3745 Communication Controller enhancements for more versatile and efficient large networks through frame relay, Advanced Peer-to-Peer Networking (APPN) and ESCON (A).
 -- CallPath (A)/6000, which allows a single RISC System/6000 (A) server to give multiple users pertinent voice and data information about incoming and outgoing calls.
 "Today's announcements will help customers to build their computing networks -- so that they can combine the productivity and ease-of-use of desktop applications with the data security and networking sophistication of mainframe-based computer centers," said Don Haile, Networking Systems director of local area networking. "The bottom line is helping our customers to do their computing where they want to do it -- whether it's a graphics package for PCs or a data intensive mainframe application."
 The announcements also help to fill in IBM's Networking Blueprint, announced on March 25, 1992. This framework helps customers collect, manage, share, access and integrate vital information in any format -- data, voice, video, text and image -- regardless of technological, geographical or organizational boundaries.
 New Intelligent "HUB" Provides Network Integration
 IBM's new 8250 Multiprotocol Intelligent Hub lets customers integrate their cabling for the three most prevalent types of local area networks today: Token-Ring, Ethernet and Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI). The 8250 works with current IBM single-protocol hubs -- the 8230 for Token-Ring and the 8240 for FDDI. This means that customers will be able to mix LAN types according to need, without having to replace current equipment. The 8250 also provides strong systems and network-management support through the AIX (A) NetView (A) Hub (A) Management Program/6000.
 The IBM 8250 Multiprotocol Intelligent Hub is the first product resulting from the development, manufacturing and marketing alliance between IBM and Chipcom Corporation announced on July 21, 1992.
 Connecting the Desktop to the Network
 Today IBM announced three adapter cards which are the first family of networking adapters in the industry to support the PCMCIA standard for laptop computers, notebooks and personal digital assistants. These adapters will support Token-Ring and Ethernet local area networks, and 3270 emulation for direct access to mainframe applications. The adapters can be carried in a shirt pocket, and will connect to existing wiring with short, simple attachment cables.
 Also new are IBM's first general purpose Ethernet adapters -- with the richest set of connectivity options in the industry today -- supporting 10Base2, 10Base5, and 10BaseT types of Ethernet environments.
 The new IBM 16/4 megabits-per-second Token-Ring adapter for ISA, or non-MicroChannel (A) computers, can double existing levels of performance.
 Also new today are the Wide-Area Connector Adapter and its RouteXpander/2 (A) software, which provide an innovative approach to low-cost, high-performance connections into wide-area networks. They can be used by customers with remote offices, like travel agencies or branch banks, to share information with other offices and corporate centers. RouteXpander/2 utilizes frame relay technology to send packets of information across great distances in a streamlined manner.
 Client/Server Applications and Application Enablers
 CallPath/6000 extends the benefits of integrated voice/data information to RISC System/6000 users, bringing the CallPath family of products into the fast-growing UNIX (B) marketplace. CallPath products allow businesses to respond quickly to callers with accurate, up-to-the minute information -- regardless of where it is stored in the network. The RISC System/6000 acts as a "server" to help provide a rich array of information and services to agents at "client" workstations as the phone rings on their desk.
 Today more than 300 customers worldwide benefit from CallPath products running on PS/2 (A), AS/400 (A) and ES/9000 (A) computers.
 IBM also announced its intention to provide a new version of the Customer Information Control System (CICS) OS/2 (A) transaction manager, which will operate as a high-performance server for a large network of LAN workstation clients, so that customers can easily install, develop and execute powerful business applications, with or without mainframe interaction. Examples of the kinds of business applications suited to CICS are high-volume customer service requests such as order entry, name and address changes, finance deposits and withdrawals, and insurance claims.
 IBM also helped to fulfill the direction of its Networking Blueprint, with the introduction of a Message Queu Interface (MQI). MQI is an important step in freeing businesses from much of the complexity that surrounds communication between computers. This facilitates improved programmer productivity by simplifying the task of developing applications that interact across a wide variety of hardware and software platforms. Message queuing is especially suited to businesses that require a high amount of transaction processing, such as banking and securities.
 Making Larger Networks More Versatile and Efficient
 IBM announced enhancements to its premier 3745 Communication Controller and its software, making this versatile component of larger networks a more cost-effective performer. Highlights include:
 -- With APPN support provided by a new release of its software, the 3745 becomes a full player in flatter, less hierarchic networks that are ideal for distributed, or client/server computing.
 -- A fiber optic ESCON channel adapter working with ESCON directors allows customers to locate 3745s up to 27 miles from the host, providing up to five times greater throughput with 40 percent savings over current options.
 -- Customers can build private frame relay networks without having to add extra telephone lines from public carriers. This new DCE, or Data Communication Equipment, support can mean significant savings in line costs.
 -- New Token-Ring support can more than double throughput on the 3745, at savings of up to 35 percent in hardware and software costs -- a boon for customers seeking to exchange information between LANs and larger networks.
 New features in ACF/VTAM (A) Version 4 Release 1 for MVS/ESA (A) provide customers with additional features for even better integration of APPN networks with existing SNA networks. New APPN support includes automatic route definitions that make it easier to integrate local area networks with larger networks. Other VTAM enhancements are designed to improve the productivity of system programmers, operators and other support personnel as networks change and grow.
 Finally, giving customers more client/server options, IBM also stated its intent to add Ethernet support to the 3174 Establishment Controller and to enhance TCP/IP connectivity, strengthening its position as a multiprotocol server.
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