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IBM ENTERPRISE SYSTEMS DESCRIBES PLAN TO MEET CUSTOMERS' COMPUTING NEEDS

 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM's Enterprise Systems business today outlined a plan to address changing customer requirements, worldwide, in the open, client/server environment, while lowering the total cost of computing.
 "When many people look at Enterprise Systems, they think we're just in the mainframe business. In fact, we're in the large problem-solving business," says Nicholas M. Donofrio, IBM senior vice president and general manager, Enterprise Systems. "Compared to the traditional mainframe market, this represents a much broader opportunity -- a $150 billion market, which will grow at about seven percent over the next five years. To address the diverse needs of customers in each segment of this growing market, we are broadening our family of products and offerings, drawing upon IBM's leading-edge technology strengths in both hardware and software."
 Enterprise Systems is continuing to enhance ES/9000(A) processors and software, while introducing new microprocessor-based parallel System/390(A) technologies -- application-specific systems that work in concert with the general-purpose ES/9000s.
 "System/390 today provides the best platform for solving most large problems," said Mr. Donofrio. "It provides fast, secure access to huge amounts of data; ensures data integrity while processing millions of transactions; and supports thousands of people accessing the system simultaneously through PCs or workstations."
 In addition, to pursue opportunities for scalable parallel RISC- based systems for the UNIX(C) environment, IBM recently announced a new business, POWER Parallel Systems, formed by Enterprise Systems, IBM's Advanced Workstation and Systems Division and the Research Division.
 "Customers are very clear about what they need to solve large problems," added Mr. Donofrio. "We are responding by making our products more open, by further enhancing server capabilities, and by continuing to reduce the total cost of computing on multiple platforms."
 Open Systems
 Enterprise Systems is adding to the portfolio of S/390 applications by implementing industry standard interfaces such as the Open Software Foundation's Distributed Computing Environment (DCE)(B) and the IEEE's POSIX. Implementation of POSIX allows UNIX-based, POSIX-compliant applications to run on S/390. DCE enables interoperability between multi-vendor platforms.
 Client/Server
 Enterprise Systems continues to evolve S/390 software so that the mainframe can play many server roles, including file, data and transaction serving in a wide variety of client/server environments. This enables customers to leverage workstation applications with the power of the mainframe through the user-friendly interfaces of PCs and workstations.
 Already, IBM has extended its transaction processing system, CICS, from S/390 to OS/2(A) and RS/6000(A)s and will license it to other vendors as well. CICS on the mainframe acts as a high-value transaction server while using workstations for end-user interfaces, allowing each platform to do what it does best.
 Cost of Computing
 Enterprise Systems plans to address the cost-of-computing issue on three platforms: further enhancements to its ES/9000 family of multiprocessors; the introduction of parallel systems based on S/390 microprocessors; and extensions to its parallel RISC technology.
 Enterprise Systems continues to enhance the ES/9000. The new series of water-cooled and air-cooled frame models announced today provides new function, such as data compression, high availability and significantly improved performance. These enhancements enable customers to develop new applications, re-engineer existing ones or consolidate workloads and achieve substantial benefits such as reduced DASD storage requirements and lower telecommunications costs. Each of these features and functions contributes to reduce the total cost of computing for customers. Enterprise Systems remains committed to further enhancing performance and function of the ES/9000 family.
 Enterprise Systems is investing in a series of offerings based on scalable S/390-based parallel microprocessors. These offerings -- hardware, software, and services -- are designed to provide additional functionality, improved availability and scalable performance for specialized business processing needs. Enterprise Systems intends to have an early version to customers for query/decision support during the second half of 1993. Follow-on S/390 parallel offerings are being developed for specific transaction processing environments.
 These offerings are designed to be application compatible and share data with the ES/9000s announced today and in the future. They will enable customers to take advantage of microprocessor price/performance and functional enhancements to the platform while preserving their investments in the tens of thousands of S/390 customer applications that exist today.
 As S/390 microprocessor technology advances, it holds the potential of being incorporated into traditional mainframes in the latter half of the decade.
 Enterprise Systems intends to remain the premier provider of system platforms -- both S/390 and UNIX -- to solve large problems. Recently, POWER Parallel Systems announced its first product for scientific and technical computing. POWER Parallel Systems is also developing scalable RISC parallel systems for UNIX-based commercial applications. These offerings will give customers another option for growing their applications from a workstation up through a series of more powerful systems.
 As customer needs grow, Enterprise Systems offerings will evolve to meet them, serving requirements for advanced applications using image, multimedia and high-speed network data transmission. At the same time, Enterprise Systems will protect customers' application investments, just as it has done from System/360 through System/370 to today's System/390.
 NOTE: (A) Indicates a trademark or registered trademark of the IBM Corporation.
 (B) DCE is a trademark of the Open Software Foundation.
 (C) UNIX is a trademark of UNIX Systems Laboratories, Inc.
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