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IBM's AIX/ESA CERTIFIED AS X/OPEN XPG3 BRANDED

 IBM's AIX/ESA CERTIFIED AS X/OPEN XPG3 BRANDED
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM's Advanced


Interactive Executive/Enterprise System Architecture (AIX/ESA)(See Note A) operating system has received certification as X/Open XPG3 BASE branded, IBM said today.
 The branding means that AIX/ESA complies with X/Open's Portability Guide Issue 3 (XPG3), which lists specifications for meeting industry standards for computing in open systems environments. X/Open is an international, non-profit corporation focused on unifying standards issues in open systems environments.
 The XPG3 branding is one of a series of certifications that AIX/ESA has earned. It has additionally received OSF/1 (See Note B) and MOTIF (See Note B) certification from the Open Software Foundation (OSF)(See Note B), and it adheres to POSIX 1003.1.
 "We believe that AIX/ESA is the only available mainframe operating system that has been XPG3 branded and has received this combination of certifications," said Janet Early, systems manager of AIX high-end systems, IBM Enterprise Systems. "This makes AIX/ESA especially qualified for open-systems customers. The branding process reaffirms AIX/ESA's commitment to provide open systems on the powerful Enterprise System/9000 (See Note A) (ES/9000)(See Note A) line of processors."
 AIX/ESA, which IBM began shipping to customers in June, is designed for a wide range of applications, including large-scale scientific and technical problems, businesses, and universities.
 The XPG3 branding program assists software and system developers and administrators by providing them with information about a system's function and capabilities. XPG3-branded products meet customer requirements for greater assurance of interoperability with IBM and non- IBM compatible hardware platforms and architecture.
 The certification includes component branding for internationalized system calls, allowing for use of systems in different national environments and languages. In addition, branding covers commands and utilities on all XPG3 systems and C programming language.
 The XPG3 branding was gained after extensive testing and documentation of AIX/ESA, a product that combines the flexibility of open systems and the power of the mainframe. AIX/ESA provides native UNIX (See note B) capability on the System/390 (See Note A) family of ESA-capable processors. Its features, designed to exploit the large processor and storage capabilities of S/390 processors, provide new levels of capacity for a variety of server requirements.
 "IBM's application for an X/Open XPG3 brand for AIX/ESA shows how important standards-based computing is becoming across the range of computing platforms," said Alan Davies, X/Open's chief marketing officer. "XPG branding is a strategic commitment for government and commercial implementers internationally."
 AIX/ESA is being demonstrated at UNIX Expo Booth 235.
 NOTE A: Trademark or registered trademark of IBM Corporation.
 NOTE B: The following are trademarks or registered trademarks of the indicated companies: UNIX (UNIX System Laboratories, Inc.), and OSF/1 and OSF/Motif (Open Software Foundation).
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