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IBM AND PROTOOLS LINK SOLUTIONS FOR LAN ANALYSIS/MANAGEMENT

 -- Both Token-Ring and Ethernet Analysis Supported --
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- At InterOp/Spring in


Washington, D.C. March 9, IBM and ProTools(A), Inc. announced the strategic integration of two of their premier network management products: LAN Network Manager(B) (LNM) from IBM and the Network Control Series(A) from ProTools.
 These two software products now work together to significantly increase the ability of businesses and organizations to monitor and analyze their local area networks (LANs). Large and mid-size enterprises especially benefit from the marriage of IBM and ProTools functions: they now have the freedom to analyze LAN activities either locally from LAN Network Manager or centrally from NetView(B).
 "Our customers now are one step closer to end-to-end network management," said Bill Warner, IBM Networking Systems director, enterprise management. "By working with top-quality vendors such as ProTools, IBM is fulfilling its commitment to provide a total solution."
 "IBM and ProTools continue to share the same vision of standards- based network analysis and management," said Bill Fitzgibbons, director of sales and marketing for ProTools. "The integration we've announced is of real benefit to users immediately."
 The ProTools Network Control Series is a set of OS/2(B) based products that provides powerful, distributed network analysis capabilities in both Token Ring and Ethernet environments. The Series consists of Foundation Manager(A) and Cornerstone Agent(A). IBM's LNM, meanwhile, monitors and analyzes LAN media, LAN adapters, source routing bridges and IBM Token-Ring Controlled Access Units using a graphical user interface, the SQL relational database and the two-way Command- Response NetView Interface.
 Before this announcement, NetView could receive only those media and configuration alerts transmitted by LNM; ProTools' Network Control Series operated separately, on individual LANs, and could not communicate alerts to NetView. But the ProTools Foundation Manager now can send both Token-Ring and Ethernet network performance alerts in real time to members of the IBM NetView family -- including LNM -- which in turn can forward the information to NetView. This capability significantly extends both the range and the scope of alert notification available from IBM.
 The alert notification includes information about each error or event that occurs on the LAN, including the error type, the segment and address of the reporting node, a time stamp and a full-alarm text which provides information about the cause of the alert. A large or mid-size bank that uses NetView and has Token-Ring networks, for instance, can have one person at the NetView console monitoring network traffic and responding to problems that may arise on the LANs -- all from a central location.
 ProTools has put descriptions of its error codes in LNM's database and IBM has put LNM's adapter addresses in the Foundation Manager database. This sharing of information is particularly useful to customers who already have LNM and an established database of addressing information.
 These IBM and ProTools products comply with SystemView(B), IBM's strategy for managing enterprise-wide information systems. SystemView provides the structure for managing the Networking Blueprint introduced by IBM last year.
 ProTools specializes in network analysis applications for the distributed environment. It was first to the market with an implementation of an SNMP remote management information base and is an established provider of leading-edge, proactive network management products.
 During InterOp (March 10-12), IBM and ProTools demonstrated their integrated LAN management solution.
 Prices and Availability
 The integrated solution from ProTools is available now. Foundation Manager sells for $8,995 and Cornerstone Agent for $1,295. IBM's LAN Network Manager also is available now. It sells for $5,240.
 NOTE: (A) Trademark or registered trademark of ProTools, Inc.
 (B) Trademark or registered trademark of International
 Business Machines Corporation.
 -0- 3/25/93
 /CONTACT: Alice Horrigan of IBM, 914-642-5434, or Ellen Recko of ProTools, 201-592-5019/
 (IBM)


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