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HP Announces New Suite of Highly Scalable SNA Connectivity Solutions for IBM Mainframe and AS 400 Environments; Next Generation of SNAplus2 Interconnect Products and Integration with Cisco Series 7000 Family of Routers Provide Cost-effective and Scalable Solutions for Legacy Computers.

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 1, 1996--In its ongoing commitment to meet the ever-increasing cost-of-ownership, scalability and applications-availability demands of computer users in heterogeneous environments, Hewlett-Packard Company today introduced the next generation in its family of high-performance Systems Network Architecture (SNA) interconnectivity solutions.

These innovative networking products, which enhance HP's position as the world's leading provider of mainframe-alternative solutions, enable customers to more rapidly and cost effectively link HP 9000 commercial computing environments with large production systems from IBM.

HP also announced it has completed interoperability testing with Cisco Systems' Channel Interface Processor (CIP), a high-performance data-center product that supports ESCON and bus/tag connectivity as part of the popular Cisco Series 7000 router family. The CIP is the strategic piece of the internetworking puzzle that meets customers' needs to place mainframe data centers onto high-speed internetworks. HP is the first non-mainframe computer manufacturer to integrate Cisco Systems' CIP into its data-center offerings.

The Cisco 7000 and CIP product combination offers significantly better performance at a cost many times less than a front-end processor, which historically has connected IBM mainframes and AS/400 systems to other computing environments.

With the extension and enhancement of the SNAplus2 family of solutions and the integration of the Cisco Channel Interface Processor into its portfolio, HP is solidly positioned to meet the most demanding connectivity requirements of customers that run information-intensive data-warehouse projects on IBM mainframe and AS/400 computer systems.

"Network managers today face an array of technical and financial challenges in an ever-increasing world of multicomputer environments, and users have become more vocal in their demand for better response time and availability," said Mark Hudson, director of network marketing for HP's General Systems Division. "In IBM environments, customers can dramatically reduce cost-of-ownership by consolidating multiple SNA and non-SNA networks into one multiprotocol internetwork. In conjunction with business partners such as Cisco, HP is delivering best-in-class products to our customers, and our latest ventures in this area solidify and extend our leadership position in providing availability and scalability for applications from any point in the network."


The next-generation, highly scalable series of SNAplus2 networking products -- a one-stop shop for SNA connectivity products, integration, consulting and support -- further enhances the capabilities of systems running the HP-UX(1) operating system in mainframe environments. SNAplus2 offers an array of new features and benefits:

-- The SNAplus2 product family can accommodate a virtually

unlimited number of simultaneous users and sessions and

can scale up, depending on available system resources.

-- SNAplus2 implements Advanced Peer-to-Peer Networking

(APPN) end-node functionality, which provides direct

end-to-end communications between host and peer

computer -- in particular, making it easy for IBM

AS/400 customers to migrate to an HP 9000 server.

-- Concurrently supporting an array of local area and wide

area networking protocols, SNAplus2 easily integrates

into existing network infrastructures, ensuring that

customers' investments are protected.

-- New graphical-user-interface-based configuration tools

let administrators manage large numbers of SNA servers

from a central console. Until now, a central graphical

monitor did not exist for HP's SNA solutions.

-- An enhanced set of industry-standard Application

Programming Interfaces (APIs) supports connectivity to

a larger number of existing applications distributed

between HP 9000 servers and an IBM host or peer system.

HP also offers a comprehensive package of financial incentives, hardware upgrade paths, migration tools and professional service assistance that helps preserve customers' existing investments and makes the transition to open client/server computing easier to manage.

The latest release of HP's HP-UX SNAplus2 features five comprehensive solutions that enhance system scalability and application availability in data-warehousing and mainframe-migration environments. With these, customers can better consolidate their disparate computers into a more easily managed system environment.

-- HP-UX SNAplus2 Link -- configured as a stand-alone or

as a client/server solution, SNAplus2 Link provides

enhanced communication capabilities between an HP 9000

server or workstation and an IBM mainframe or peer

system, such as an AS/400.

-- HP-UX SNAplus2 3270/3179G -- configured as a

stand-alone or as a client/server solution, this

provides interactive communications between an HP 9000

server and IBM-compatible mainframe or peer system

using SNA 3270, 3278 and 3179G/3192G emulation.

-- HP-UX SNAplus2 APPN End Node -- this allows an HP 9000

system to take full advantage of Advanced Peer-to-Peer

Networking (APPN) facilities while still retaining the

capability to operate in traditional mainframe

host-managed networks. APPN's dynamic configuration

and resource location significantly reduce

network-management complexity and increase performance

by reducing unnecessary network traffic.

-- HP-UX SNAplus2 API -- this allows a wide variety of

Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to enable

application communications.

-- HP-UX SNAplus2 Remote Job Entry -- this provides batch

data transfer between an HP 9000 system and an IBM

mainframe host in an SNA environment.

"HP's SNAplus2 solution set will provide us with a more streamlined communication path between our disparate computing environments," said Jocelyn Paradis, a system analyst at the City of Quebec. "As our internetwork becomes an increasingly strategic asset, we face the challenging task of how to build a well-managed and productive network that maximizes end-to-end applications availability while minimizing our total cost of ownership. SNAplus2 will help the City of Quebec achieve success in providing our user community with outstanding connectivity tools."


To enhance customers' computer availability, response time and scalability requirements on IBM or IBM-compatible mainframes, HP also has announced that it will integrate Cisco Systems' Channel Interface Processor into HP's SNA solutions portfolio.

The CIP is a high-performance interface processor that directly connects the mainframe to Ethernet, FDDI and Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) speeds between IBM mainframe computers and routed internetworks, eliminating the need for front-end controller equipment that creates data-path bottlenecks.

By incorporating the Cisco 7000 family of router-based CIP and advanced peer-to-peer networking, HP believes its customers could achieve a significant up-front cost savings, better-managed TCP/IP and NetWare network traffic as a result of the following benefits:

-- high-performing SNA and TCP/IP networking capabilities;

-- elimination of multiple dedicated mainframe channel


-- support for IBM parallel channel (bus and tag) and

ESCON technologies;

-- highest mix of wide area network and local area network

interfaces; and

-- support for standard IBM mainframe software.

"HP's SNAplus2 product family has completed integration tests in our Cisco Lab with flying colors, and we are pleased that our customers can incorporate HP connectivity solutions into their Cisco environments -- and vice versa," said Bill Lawler, Cisco's business development manager. "A new building block in the Cisco and HP technology foundation has been added, and we envision that it can deliver only benefits to our customers."


HP's HP-UX SNAplus2 family of products is available now. The HP-UX SNAplus2 portfolio starts at $3,550 for Tier 1 systems. Stand-alone SNAplus2 starting prices are as follows:

HP-UX SNAplus2 Link $ 500

HP-UX SNAplus2 APPN EN 600

HP-UX SNAplus2 3270/3179G 850

HP-UX SNAplus2 API 300

HP-UX SNAplus2 RJE 1,300

Cisco's Channel Interface Processors also are available immediately. For pricing and ordering, customers may contact their local HP or Cisco offices.

HP 9000 business servers, based on HP's industry-leading HP-UX operating system and PA-RISC(2) technology, provide the high-performance and systems-management capabilities required by data-center environments, as well as the flexibility and performance necessary for client/server implementations.

HP is a leading global manufacturer of computing, communications and measurement products and services recognized for excellence in quality and support. HP has 108,300 employees and had revenue of $31.5 billion in its 1995 fiscal year.

Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at

Cisco Systems is the leading global supplier of internetworking solutions for corporate intranets and the global Internet. Cisco's products, including routers, LAN and ATM switches, dial-up access servers and network management software, are integrated by the Cisco IOS software to link geographically dispersed LANs, WANs and IBM networks. Company news and product/service information are available at World Wide Web site Cisco is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. -0-


(1) HP-UX 9.X and 10.0 for HP 9000 Series 700 and 800 computers are X/Open(tm) Company UNIX(R) 93 branded products. HP-UX 10.10 is an X/Open UNIX 95 branded product.

X/Open is a trademark of X/Open Company Limited in the UK and other countries.

UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company Limited.

(2) PA-RISC stands for Precision Architecture-reduced-instruction-set computing.

CONTACT: Hewlett-Packard Company

Bob Major, 408/447-1673



Cisco Systems

Scott Anderson, 919/472-2323

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