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IBM ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTED TRANSACTION PROCESSING SOFTWARE, NEW MODELS, OTHER ENHANCEMENTS FOR ITS RISC SYSTEM/6000 FAMILY

 IBM ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTED TRANSACTION PROCESSING SOFTWARE, NEW MODELS, OTHER ENHANCEMENTS FOR ITS RISC SYSTEM/6000 FAMILY
 NEW YORK, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced new software products designed to allow customers such as banks, retail establishments and manufacturing firms to use IBM's powerful RISC System/6000(A) computer as a transaction processing system for their critical business applications.
 The company also introduced two new RISC System/6000 models that deliver over 20 percent more performance and enhanced the storage, memory, software development tools and systems management capabilities of its popular family of advanced workstations and servers. In addition, more than 35 software companies today announced their support for the RISC System/6000 transaction processing and/or software development products.
 Transaction processing is a major activity for many organizations and involves the use of computer systems to quickly and accurately collect, process and update online information, such as customer purchase records or bank account statements.
 Companies have traditionally done transaction processing in large, centralized computing environments, but as their businesses evolve to include more departmental computing and more global operations, many are looking to add distributed, standards-based computing networks, including UNIX(B) systems, as a cost-effective way to increase capacity and flexibility.
 IBM's new online transaction processing environment, based on the RISC System/6000 and AIX/6000(A), IBM's advanced implementation of the UNIX operating system, ideally meets these expanding requirements for open, distributed computing. At the heart of the environment are transaction processing technologies from IBM and the Transarc Corporation, and distributed computing technologies from the Open Software Foundation(B)(OSF(B)). IBM has more than 20 years of experience in developing transaction processing products, including its widely used Customer Information Control System (CICS(A)).
 The IBM offerings feature a modular approach that delivers a core set of basic, standards-driven functions together with a choice of two transaction monitors, a key component that helps users manage the performance and administration of their systems. Customers can choose from a variety of elements to tailor a solution to fit their requirements, including one or both of the transaction monitors, AIX CICS/6000(A) and the Encina(B) Monitor for AIX/6000. This approach offers users more flexibility and choice than other open systems transaction processing solutions available in the marketplace today.
 Key elements of IBM's transaction processing solutions include:
 -- IBM's implementation of the OSF's Distributed Computing Environment (DCE) for AIX/6000. DCE, which provides a set of basic services including communications and security, is becoming a de facto standard for interoperability and distributing applications -- functions that companies require as they build networks of disparate computer systems.
 -- A new version of IBM's CICS software, which is the most widely used transaction processing monitor in the industry. The CICS family supports IBM mainframes running MVS(A) and VSE(A), IBM AS/400(A) midrange systems, and the IBM OS/2(A) operating system. The new version, AIX CICS/6000, allows users to easily transfer programmer skills and applications from existing CICS systems to the RISC System/6000 environment. IBM has continued to evolve the CICS product family with innovative technologies since its inception in the late 1960s. The company estimates that there are more than 300,000 programmers with CICS skills and more than 1 billion lines of CICS application code in existence.
 -- IBM's implementation of the Encina transaction processing services and the Encina monitor from Transarc Corporation, a provider of distributed, modular software products for multivendor computing. These offerings build on the DCE services, support standard interfaces, and provide the underlying transaction services for both the AIX CICS/6000 monitor and the Encina monitor. The Encina products are noted for use of advanced technology such as concurrent processing and are endorsed by multiple system and software vendors.
 "IBM intends to be a leader in the fast-growing open systems transaction processing market, and these announcements bring significant new capabilities to commercial users of our AIX/6000 operating system," said Bill Filip, IBM vice president and president, Advanced Workstations Division. "The new software offerings combine the best distributed computing technologies in the industry and give our customers a cost effective platform for handling their most critical business applications.
 "The new high-performance models, expanded storage and memory offerings, and enhanced CASE and systems management tools allow us to deliver even more value to both technical and commercial users," said Filip.
 Transaction Processing Announcement Highlights Below is information on the functions, prices and planned availability of IBM's new transaction processing software products for the RISC System/6000. Customers are expected to use the initial releases of these products to develop and test prototype distributed transaction processing applications before evolving to full production environments.
 The new products emphasize a modular approach designed to allow programmers to focus on the development of the business application -- for example, a program to handle customer orders in a retail business -- without having to worry about generic networking and transaction processing functions such as system security, scheduling and error recovery. The generic functions are included in layered software that the business application -- whether developed in-house or purchased from a software firm -- accesses in a manner transparent to the end user.
 -- AIX Distributed Computing Environment (DCE) Product Family:
 A set of integrated products based on technology licensed from OSF, these offerings provide functions such as the remote procedure call, threads service, time synchronization, file sharing, directory services and security that are vital for any application used in a distributed environment. IBM has chosen DCE as the base for its transaction processing environment on the RISC System/6000 to give customers the benefits of a distributed approach, including the flexibility to incorporate computers from multiple vendors as well as the potential for greater reliability and systems availability. IBM also intends to provide a global directory service as part of the AIX DCE family.
 -- The following products have a planned availability of Dec. 18, 1992. The first price listed is a one-time primary license charge and the second is an annual license charge: AIX DCE Cell Directory Server/6000, $2,400/$350; AIX


DCE Security Server/6000, $2,400/$360; and AIX DCE Base Services/6000, which offers an AIX DCE Base Feature for $295/$45, an Encina Base Feature for $150/$25, or both combined for $395/$60.
 -- AIX DCE Enhanced Distributed File System/6000, priced at $3,000/$450, has a planned availability of June 18, 1993.
 -- AIX CICS/6000 and AIX Client for CICS/6000: These products provide an ideal solution for users who want to leverage their existing CICS investments, including programmer skills and applications, and use them in a RISC System/6000 environment. Based on DCE and Encina transaction services, key features of the AIX CICS/6000 transaction monitor include: priority scheduling; support for both COBOL and C languages; transparent inter-system communication with other CICS systems; support of the CICS family Application Programming Interface; transaction queuing and integrated forms management.
 -- AIX CICS/6000, with a one-time charge of $3,700 to $29,600, and AIX Client for CICS/6000, priced at $300, have a planned availability of June 25, 1993. IBM plans to work with a number of customers on an early support program basis beginning in early 1993.
 -- Encina for AIX/6000 Product Family: This suite of products extends the services provided by DCE to address specific transaction processing capabilities, such as database update and error recovery, which are required to manage the system and ensure transaction integrity. It also provides the capability to communicate between workstations or with host systems using the industry-standard Common Programming Interface for Communications (CPI-C). Server products, as well as an optional monitor, ensure that transaction failures do not corrupt the data. For example, a person's bank account would not be debited if an automatic teller machine fails while a cash withdrawal is under way. Encina supports the C language and provides unique functions such as nested transactions. IBM intends to provide a recoverable queue service to augment its Encina product family.
 -- The following products have a planned availability of Dec. 18, 1992. Two prices are listed, the first a range of one-time primary license charges and the second a range of annual license charges: Encina Server for AIX/6000, primary charge of $1,800 to $14,400, annual charge of $270 to $2,160; Encina Structured File Server for AIX/6000, primary charge of $1,400 to $11,200, annual charge of $210 to $1,680; Encina Monitor for AIX/6000, primary charge of $1,350 to $10,800, annual charge of $205 to $1,620; Encina Peer-to-Peer Executive for AIX/6000, primary charge of $400 to $3,200, annual charge of $60 to $480; and Encina Peer- to-Peer Gateway for AIX/6000, primary charge of $400 to $3,200, annual charge of $60 to $480.
 Other IBM Product Highlights
 -- RISC System/6000 POWERserver(A) 980: This rack-mounted system includes a new 62.5 Megahertz (MHz) processor, which enables it to deliver up to 24 percent more performance compared to the existing top-of-the-line POWERserver 970. Key performance measurements(C) include a SPECfp92 rating of 124.8 and a SPECint92 rating of 59.2. With two IBM Micro Channel(A) input/output (I/O) buses, the 980 also can support a very large amount of disk storage -- up to 163 gigabytes (GB) with additional expansion racks.
 Standard memory is 64 megabytes (MB), expandable to 1 GB using the new 128 MB memory card, with standard internal fixed-disk storage of 2.74 GB. POWERserver 930, 950 and 970 users will be able to migrate to the higher performance level of the 980 through a field-installable conversion kit. POWERserver 980 entry configuration prices start at about $117,800 and planned availability is Oct. 30, 1992.
 -- RISC System/6000 POWERstation(A)/POWERserver 580: Also using the new 62.5 MHz processor, this system delivers up to 37 percent more performance than the current high-end deskside model and establishes a new standard of performance for deskside systems in the RISC System/6000 line. It achieves a SPECfp92 rating of 124.7 and a SPECint92 rating of 59.1. The 580 brings technologies first announced in April for the POWERserver 970 to the deskside systems, including a faster implementation of the Micro Channel I/O bus at 80 MB/second and an extended I/O channel controller chip that contributes to enhanced speed and processing efficiency.
 The system comes standard with 64 MB of memory, expandable to 1 GB; 2 GB of internal fixed-disk storage expandable to 7.2 GB, or up to 50 GB with deskside expansion units; and an integrated Small Computer Systems Interface (SCSI) adapter. Planned availability is Oct. 23, 1992, with prices for an entry server configuration starting at about $67,500 and an entry workstation configuration starting at about $69,100. Users will be able to convert existing POWERstation/POWERserver 530H, 550 and 560 systems to the higher performance of the 580.
 -- Storage, Memory, Interface Enhancements: The X Window System(B) Version 11 Release 5 graphical user interface technology and the faster Small Computer Systems Interface 2 (SCSI-2) disk attachment protocol are now supported on the RISC System/6000. New 200 MB, 1.0 GB and 2.4 GB SCSI-2 disk drives were announced, as was a new SCSI-2 controller that can achieve a data transfer rate of up to 10 MB/second -- more than double the rate of the existing RISC System/6000 SCSI adapter. A new 128 MB memory card, read/write optical disk drive and 4 millimeter, 8 millimeter and 1/4-inch tape drives were also introduced.
 -- Systems Management Enhancements: IBM today announced Unitree(B) for AIX/6000, a new hierarchical storage management software product. It optimizes the use of storage devices, such as tape cartridge, tape library and optical disk units, by automatically and transparently migrating files among peripheral devices. The result is that devices which are less expensive will be used to archive infrequently used data, freeing more costly, higher-performance devices to handle more critical data.
 Also announced today were two third-party agreements for development of systems management products. Under the separate agreements, BGS Systems, Inc., will develop a version of its BEST/1(B) product and Gradient Technologies, Inc., will develop a version of its NetLS(B) offering for the RISC System/6000.
 -- AIX CASE Enhancements: IBM has enhanced its AIX Software Development Environment (SDE) WorkBench/6000 computer-aided software engineering (CASE) framework, announced in January 1992, to include integration of the IBM AIX XL C++ Compiler/6000 and support of the Sybase database for the AIX Configuration Management Version Control Server/6000 product.
 AIX SDE WorkBench/6000 and third-party integrated tools such as JYACC's JAM, Micro Focus' COBOL compiler, Informix' Software's 4GL and Netron, Inc.'s NETRON/CAP, will play a vital role in the development of transaction processing and other commercial applications for the RISC System/6000. More than 20 CASE vendors today announced their intent to integrate with the IBM AIX SDE WorkBench/6000, with several of them also specifying support plans for the IBM transaction processing products.
 -- RISC System/6000 POWERstation/POWERserver 220 Upgrade: IBM also said it plans to offer an upgrade path for model 220 customers, to include a faster processor for the 220 next year, followed by a PowerPC-based processor at a later date. This will provide 220 customers with a solid growth path and investment protection. PowerPC is a family of powerful RISC microprocessors being developed by IBM and Motorola.
 Third-Party Support
 -- A number of third-party software companies have announced their intent to support IBM's RISC System/6000 transaction processing environment. These include: database vendors Informix, Ingres, Oracle Corp., and for CICS/6000 only, Sybase; and 12 other companies who plan to provide CICS/6000 or Encina for AIX/6000 application software or enabling tools, such as American Management Systems, which announced support for IBM's Encina solution, and American Software, which announced support for CICS/6000.
 In addition, Red Brick Systems has been named an IBM Cooperative Software supplier. Under this agreement, IBM's field force will market the Red Brick Warehouse(B) relational query system on the RISC System/6000.
 (A) -- Indicates trademark or registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.
 (B) -- The following are trademarks or registered trademarks of the following organizations: BEST/1 (BGS Systems); Encina (Transarc Corporation); NetLS (Gradient Technologies, Inc.); OSF (Open Software Foundation); Red Brick Warehouse (Red Brick Systems); Unitree (General Atomics); UNIX (UNIX System Laboratories, Inc.)
 (C) -- Performance measurements are based on IBM testing of development-level systems. These values should be indicative of generally-available systems, but no warranties or guarantees are stated or implied by IBM. IBM recommends application-oriented testing for performance predications and offers results for commonly reported benchmarks as an initial indicator.
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