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IBM UNVEILS OS/2 LAN SERVER 3.0

 IBM UNVEILS OS/2 LAN SERVER 3.0
 DALLAS, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced OS/2


LAN Server Version 3.0, enhanced networking software that, when coupled with OS/2 2.0, provides users with an industrial strength network operating system. OS/2 LAN Server 3.0 is designed to fully exploit the 32-bit power of OS/2 2.0.
 With OS/2 LAN Server 3.0, users will be able to access and mutually use directories, files, printers and programs as well as share plotters, modems and scanners without having to know where on the network that data or peripherals resides.
 "OS/2 LAN Server 3.0 is an ideal networking system for all customers -- whether they work in departments, small companies or large enterprises," said Art Olbert, Personal Systems Programming director of LAN Systems for IBM. "Our commitment to OS/2 LAN Server, and to serving the end user, is stronger than ever."
 OS/2 LAN Server, with OS/2-based clients, provides an excellent platform for client/server computing. The combination of OS/2's strength as a development environment, its 32-bit multi-tasking capability available today and virtual memory features make it a preferred base for client/server application development. IBM offers a common OS/2 development environment between the client and server workstation.
 A significant enhancement to OS/2 LAN Server 3.0 is its performance in DOS, Windows and OS/2 LANs. According to a recent 16 megabit Token Ring test done by LANQuest Labs, an independent network product testing laboratory (San Jose, Calif.), IBM's OS/2 LAN Server 3.0 outperformed LAN Manager 2.1A and NetWare 3.11.
 OS/2 Lan Server Version 3.0 can support up to 1,016 concurrent users on a single LAN, using from one to four industry-standard local area network adapters such as Token Ring, Ethernet or PC Network.
 OS/2 LAN Server Version #.0 is also enabled for CID, allowing it to be remotely installed across a network. The automated configuration, installation and distribution (CID) technology also reduces the amount of time required for the end user to install the other packages on their workstations. CID was announced by IBM on Oct. 6, 1992. Entry and Advanced Packages
 OS/2 LAN Server Version 3.0 comes in two packages. OS/2 LAN Server- Entry is a lower cost offering that is ideal for users in departments, small companies and large enterprises just starting to use networking technology. It includes new system management features and redirected installation support.
 OS/2 LAN Server-Advanced includes all the features contained in the Entry server as well as a high performance file system, support to exploit the multiprocessor capabilities of the IBM PS/2 Model 295 and enhanced fault tolerance. The fault tolerance capabilities provide two mechanisms (disk mirroring and disk duplexing) for enhanced, comprehensive protection of mission-critical applications and data.
 In addition, both the Entry and Advanced versions include the following:
 -- The peer services feature allows the user to share directories,
 printers and peripheral devices with users on the network.
 -- IEEE LAN 802.2 and NETBIOS virtual device drivers (VDD) support
 that allows sharing of LAN adapters between DOS and Windows 802.2
 applications, DOS and Windows NETBIOS applications, and OS/2 2.0
 networking applications.
 -- TCP/IP coexistence provides for improved communications among
 LANs. The current release of TCP/IP from IBM shares the common
 LAN Adapter and Protocol Support with OS/2 LAN Server 3.0.
 -- Installation of requesters and servers in a remote and unattended
 manner is now possible with OS/2 LAN Server 3.0 and NetView
 Distribution Manager/2 (announced Oct. 6, 1992). Macintosh Support Announced
 IBM also announced OS/2 LAN Server for Macintosh(tm) Version 1.0 that allows DOS, Windows, OS/2 and Mac clients to access files created by each other.
 LAN Server for Macintosh will provide access to AppleTalk(tm) File Server, Print Server functions and Macintosh Print Monitor (over Ethernet or Token Ring), which then may be integrated into the OS/2 LAN Server environment. Network Transport Services/2
 On Oct. 6, IBM also introduced Network Transport Services/2 (NTS/2), which provides the transport protocols and network adapter software to run network applications. NTS/2 provides the necessary industry- standard programming interfaces such as NetBios, IEEE 802.2 and Network Driver Interface Specifications (NDIS) for OS/2 LAN enablement.
 With NTS/2, a single-network adapter can be shared by NDIS-based network applications such as IBM OS/2 LAN Requester, IBM OS/2 TCP/IP, IBM OS/2 Extended Services(tm), Banyan VINES and by Novell NetWare Requestor for OS/2. For example, a single Ethernet adapter would be used to concurrently access OS/2 LAN Server 3.0 and Novell NetWare Version 3.11 servers. This ability reduces network hardware requirements by supporting the NDIS-based adapter hardware.
 Using NTS/2, a workstation can concurrently access servers such as OS/2 LAN Server Version 3.0, Novell NetWare as well as such industry solutions as Novell NetWare(tm), Microsoft LAN Manager(tm), Banyan VINES(tm) and Artisoft Lantastic(tm). Upgrades and Promotional Pricing
 LAN Server 3.0 is electronically available today and will be fully available by end of October. Customers who make purchases before Dec. 31, 1992, can buy LAN server 3.0 Entry and Advanced for $645 and $1,795 respectively; each requestor will cost $50. After Dec. 31, the prices for entry will be $795; advanced, $2,295 and requestors will cost $75.
 IBM is also offering a special upgrade price for users of earlier versions of LAN Server. LAN Server 2.0 Entry and Advanced users can upgrade to similar LAN Server 3.0 packages for $300; LAN Server 2.0 entry users can upgrade to LAN Server 3.0 for $1,115 prior to Dec. 31 and $1,570 thereafter.
 In addition, users of such OEM systems as LAN Manager NetWare, LANtastic and VINES can upgrade to OS/2 LAN Server 3.0 Advanced for $1,570. OEM users who upgrade to OS/2 LAN Server 3.0-Advanced before Dec. 31 will pay only $1,115. Proof of license will be required.
 LAN Server for Macintosh 1.0 will become available in Jan., 1993 and will cost $995. The Network Transport Services/2, which is also available in November, is priced at $85.
 LAN Server 3.0 will be available at IBM-authorized dealers and through Direct Response Marketing, 1-800-426-2968.
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 NOTE: IBM OS/2 Extended Services is a trademark of the International Business Machines Corp; Macintosh and AppleTalk are trademarks of Apple Computer Corp.; NetWare is a trademark of Novell, Inc.; LAN Manager is a trademark of Microsoft Corp.; VINES is a trademark of Banyan; and Lantastic is a trademark of Artisoft.
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 /CONTACT: Deborah Siegal of IBM, 214-658-8536 (through Oct. 15) or 914-642-5377 (after Oct. 15)/
 (IBM) CO: IBM Corporation ST: Texas, New York IN: CPR SU: PDT


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