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IBM ANNOUNCES CLIENT/SERVER ENHANCEMENTS TO IMS

 SAN FRANCISCO, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM Programming Systems today announced a new version of its Information Management System (IMS) client/server product for Operating System/2 (A), IMS Client Server/2 Version 2 (IMS CS/2).
 IBM also announced the planned availability and additional enhancements for two mainframe IMS products, IMS/ESA (A) Transaction Manager (IMS TM) and IMS/ESA Database Manager (IMS DB).
 Since its introduction, IMS has been the premier provider of the highest level of transaction and data integrity available for transaction processing with a database manager, achieving a performance of 1,600 transactions per second. And with nearly 7,000 licenses worldwide, probably more data is stored in IMS databases than any other.
 IMS, which marks its 25th anniversary on April 8, continues to offer new solutions in distributed technology, including distributed application access, distributed applications, distributed data access and application development capabilities.
 "To meet customer requirements for client/server solutions in an open, distributed environment, IMS today provides a spectrum of capabilities designed to help customers develop tailored business solutions," said Christopher Arnold, IBM Programming Systems Director of Enterprise Database Solutions.
 IMS now provides enhanced client/server environments for IMS applications which can be run on workstations or local area networks (LAN), using either relational or hierarchical databases. IMS applications also interconnect with other network applications.
 In other announcements today, 10 leading software vendors announced their intent to build products that work with IMS. They are BMC Software, Inc.; Boole & Babbage; Candle; Computer Associates; CompuWare; InfoTel Corp.; Innovative Designs; Legent Corp.; Sterling Software; and Viasoft.
 IMS Client Server/2 Version 2
 IMS Client Server/2 Version 2 for OS/2 (A) provides facilities to enhance the use of programmable workstations in an IMS Data Communications or Transaction Manager environment and increase application development productivity.
 IMS CS/2 provides application access to IMS transactions in the MVS mainframe environment from a personal computer or LAN environment. A "callable program interface" enables workstation applications to be developed to access and execute existing IMS mainframe transactions. IMS CS/2 also presents users with convenient, icon-driven and advanced windowing interfaces to existing IMS applications without the need to modify those applications.
 IMS CS/2 will be generally available June 25.
 IMS/ESA Transaction Manager Version 4
 IMS TM Version 4, a leading-edge product for high capacity, high integrity transaction management systems, provides a high-performance, database-independent transaction processing environment for DATABASE 2 (A) and IMS DB Version 4 users.
 IMS TM Version 4 provides significantly enhanced functions for distributed processing, application enabling, availability, performance, and systems management for users of both DB2 and IMS DB database products.
 A new Extended Terminal Option (A) (ETO) feature for IMS TM Version 4, which enables customers to maintain continuous operations while adding end users and terminals, also has additional usability and migration enhancements.
 By focusing on increased interoperability and portability, IMS TM will evolve to become a premier transaction server on MVS for a wide variety of clients on both IBM and non-IBM platforms.
 IMS TM Version 4 and the ETO feature will be generally available May 28.
 IMS/ESA Database Manager Version 4
 IMS DB Version 4, which offers leading-edge technology for hierarchical transaction management systems, is a high-performance database management system for both IMS TM and CICS/ESA (A) users. Version 4 offers improved availability, storage constraint relief, and application enabling compared with Version 3. IMS DB Version 4 will be generally available May 28.
 IBM also has announced that IMS System Utilities/Data Base Tools (DBT) Version 2, which helps database administrators or system programmers with IMS data base administration, will support IMS DB Version 4. This support will be generally available April 16.
 IMS Open, Distributed Support and Directions
 The primary goal of IMS distributed processing is to provide a distributed system with a unifying framework in an open environment, where IMS function and data can be accessed by distributed users.
 IMS already has a number of attributes of an open environment. The IMS application programming interface is available in DOS, OS/2 and the Windows environment with the Micro Focus Production IMS Option.
 IMS today supports a wide variety of industry standard interfaces and database and network protocols, including the Common Programming Interface for Communications (CPI-C), a draft standard which is supported in IMS TM Version 4. Also, IMS support for heterogeneous interoperability in the UNIX (B) environment is provided over TCP/IP networks, the accepted standard for networking in this environment. Workstation end users in a TCP/IP network today can communicate with IMS TM applications.
 In addition, IBM is working to have IMS support a number of additional draft industry standards. A new Message Queuing Interface (MQI) being developed to work in heterogeneous computing environments will be incorporated into IMS TM. When the Open Software Foundation's (B) Distributed Computing Environment (DCE) is available on MVS, applications can be developed that access IMS TM via DCE's Remote Procedure Call. IBM also is aware of a customer requirement to use Portable Operating Systems Interfaces (POSIX) from an IMS TM application and will evaluate this for future implementation.
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