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IBM ROUTER IS FIRST IN INDUSTRY TO RECEIVE NOVELL CERTIFICATION; SUPPORT OF KEY NETWORKING PROTOCOLS ANNOUNCED FOR 6611 ROUTER

 WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- In conjunction with the ComNet '93 Conference being held here, IBM Corporation (NYSE: IBM) today announced two industry firsts for its 6611 Network Processor which show the company's commitment to open, industry standards.
 -- The 6611 is the industry's first multiprotocol router to meet all IPX(Note A) Router specifications as set by Novell's "NetWare(A) Tested and Approved" program.
 Novell assigns the "NetWare Tested and Approved" mark to third-party products that pass rigorous testing at Novell Labs. This testing determines whether or not a product is compatible with the NetWare operating system and other Novell products.
 -- The 6611 sets another precedent in being the first router that can act as an APPN server. This capability comes with one of two new software releases announced today.
 "From the start, we assured users that the IBM family of routers would support open, standard protocols," said Dick Anderson, networking systems marketing director in IBM US.
 "We have devoted much time and energy -- in our lab, with customers, and with other vendors -- to live up to that promise. This new support, and especially Novell's certification, is added assurance of the 6611's superior interoperability," he said.
 From Novell, David Owen, vice president of engineering for Novell Labs, said, "As enterprise-wide connectivity becomes more and more important to our customers, routers will play an increasingly critical role in bridging the gap between disparate environments. We are happy to have worked with IBM to certify this technology for NetWare customers."
 IBM announced two releases of the software that operates its 6611 Network Processor as part of a strategy to support businesses' open networking requirements.
 As of last Friday, Jan. 29, shipments of the router now include Release 1.1 of the software. This release provides the following support:
 -- Local and remote Transparent Bridging on Ethernet local area networks supporting all Ethernet protocols such as AppleTalk(A), DEC(A) LAT, Banyan VINES, IP, Novell IPX, SNA, and NetBIOS. With the addition of this support, the 6611 now offers customers more versatility in how they leverage their investments in Ethernet LANs.
 -- Improved filtering capabilities that give customers more choices in how they filter NetBIOS traffic along with better filtering performance.
 -- Support of AppleTalk Phase 2 and Border Gateway Protocol, demonstrating IBM's commitment to the timely support of standards.
 IBM will begin shipping Release 1.2 on March 26, 1993, with additional support of key protocols.
 First, this release can route SNA and NetBIOS traffic, by means of Data Link Switching, between Ethernet LANs and Token-Ring LANs connected across a wide area network. This support makes it easy for users on Ethernet LANs to share and exchange information in SNA and NetBIOS-based applications with the reliability provided by Data Link Switching.
 Release 1.2 also provides APPN Network Node support which allows the 6611 to be the server for Token-Ring clients that are equipped with APPN End Node or Low Entry Networking support. Services include routing, distributed directory, and management services, all of which can save money by reducing the amount of storage and memory needed at each End Node.
 This support now allows businesses to use the 6611 Network Processor to begin integrating their multiprotocol network with their APPN network. Because the 6611 can handle both APPN and other protocols concurrently, this newly integrated network can share a single physical link, saving the cost of additional links.
 With this announcement, the 6611 Network Processor joins a rapidly expanding family of IBM products that supply APPN Network Node support. Others include: Application System/400(Note B) computers, Personal System/2(B) computers running OS/2(B) or DOS, DPPX/ESA (Distributed Processing Programming Executive), the 3174 Establishment Controller, and VTAM and NCP which together make the 3745 Communication Controller a Composite Network Node.
 Both releases will be shipped to customers requesting the update, based on availability dates listed above. Customers pay no extra charge for the added function in the new releases.
 (A) -- Indicates trademark or registered trademark of the following companies: IPX and NetWare of Novell, DEC of Digital Equipment Company, and AppleTalk of Apple Computer.
 (B) -- Indicates trademark or registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.
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 /CONTACT: Clifton Scott at IBM Booth No. 838 at ComNet; or after Feb. 4, 914-642-5457/
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