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HOB DEBUTS HOBLINK SNA ROUTER FOR MAINFRAME ACCESS.

SNA - or Systems Network Architecture -has been a de facto data processing and networking industry standard for years, providing a popular alternative to the TCP/IP and Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) protocols. And with IBM's market presence behind it, SNA has become the world's most widely installed network topology.

German-based HOB GmbH & Co. is targeting this global market niche with its new HOBLink SNA Router. Offering a software-based Remote Access and WAN solution for linking TCP/IP clients to mainframes via the IBM SNA protocol, HOBLink SNA Router is the newest addition to HOB Electronic's broad line of PC-to-mainframe emulation software.

Because HOBLink SNA Router can support value-market connection types, such as the ISDN x.31 D Channel, the product can attach client machines to IBM mainframes at reduced costs. According to Gerd Janssen, managing director of HOB Electronic, "Sixty percent of all WANs in use still involve SNA. As a result, we believe there is a strong need in the market for a cost-effective SNA solution that not only offers value, but flexibility in providing remote access between clients and host machines."

HOBLink SNA Router runs on every standard Windows 95/98 or NT workstation PC, which the other clients can access via Telnet 3270E for host connection - all without adding a server operating system, or costly server hardware. Able to run over FDDI, Ethernet or Token Ring topologies, HOBLink SNA Router also supports connections via SDLC/x.25 or Hayes AutoSync.

Janssen said HOBLink SNA Router offers administration tools for the easy configuration of all settings as well as centralized administration of all sessions. "Error diagnostic tools and functions, in addition to a connection tracking system, make the HOBLink SNA Router an ideal solution for administrative control within an organization," he said. HOBLink SNA Router also features the APPN/Endnode. This allows for higher-end application-level support for routing data in a network between two or more advanced peer-to-peer communications (APPC) systems.

And if HOBLink SNA Router is bundled with HOB's emulation products, HOBLink 3270 or the Java-based HOBLink J-Term in combination with HOB's mainframe software, HOBCOM, any organization can have total remote access control from a single source. Additional benefits include data compression, persistent encryption of the entire data stream and the ability to print IBM host data systemwide.

Available for immediate shipment, HOBLink SNA Router sells for $1,507 for a 10-user order and $1,187 for a five-user version. The price for a single server is $867, and client licenses are $64 each. Trial copies of the HOBLink SNA Router may be downloaded from the product section of HOB's Web site at http://www.hob.de.

Founded in 1964, HOB Electronic is based in Zirndorf, Germany. In 1981, the company changed its strategic focus to developing and manufacturing platform- and protocol-independent PC host and network connectivity solutions. HOB products are sold in the United States through designated resellers, and the company maintains a central marketing office in Dallas.

For more information, contact HOB Electronic GmbH & Co. 4245 N. Central Expresswy, Suite 420 Dallas, TX 75205 Phone: 214- 521-8596 Fax: 214-521-8599 Email: hob@mbapr.com
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