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MICRODYNE AND NOVELL ANNOUNCE FIRST ALL-IN-ONE, READY-TO-USE DIAL-IN/DIAL-OUT LAN COMMUNICATIONS PRODUCTS

 MICRODYNE AND NOVELL ANNOUNCE FIRST ALL-IN-ONE, READY-TO-USE
 DIAL-IN/DIAL-OUT LAN COMMUNICATIONS PRODUCTS
 ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Microdyne Corporation (NASDAQ: MCDY) and Novell Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVL) today announced the first pre-configured network communication servers that are ready to work right out of the box.
 NetWare Access Server by Microdyne combines Novell's NetWare Access Server software with an integrated, pre-configured high- performance hardware platform. The product is specifically designed to provide NetWare customers with a turnkey solution for asynchronous LAN communications such as dial-in access for travelling personnel, employees working off-site or in branch offices who need to retrieve their electronic messages or launch centrally located network applications including database or spread sheet programs.
 NetWare Asynchronous Communications Server (NACS) by Microdyne is another turnkey solution that combines Novell's NetWare Asynchronous Communications Software with a similar hardware platform for dial-out connectivity. The product is designed for companies that want to share expensive communication resources such as modems and telephone lines, or have access to asynchronous host computer systems and public computer services.
 "The products announced today provide new options to customers who need remote network connectivity and do not want to deal with hardware configuration or installation issues," said Ray Noorda, president and CEO at Novell. "Novell and Microdyne are making network access easier for users -- they can just plug in the product and go."
 "Microdyne has a history of providing easy-to-use, high- performance networking products," said Philip T. Cunningham, president and CEO of Microdyne. "Today, Microdyne is teaming with Novell to provide powerful, full-featured solutions for businesses looking to provide remote asynchronous connectivity to or from their LANs. The NetWare Access Server and NACS are state-of-the-art software solutions from Novell that Microdyne has integrated into high performance hardware. These turnkey solutions are making extended networks a reality."
 The Novell software products are available separately for sites that wish to use existing hardware or require custom configurations.
 The NetWare Access Server by Microdyne includes everything needed to provide complete remote network communications -386/33MHz processor, communications adapters, asynchronous modems and pre- packaged, pre-configured NetWare Access Server software. The NACS by Microdyne includes a 386/25SX MHz processor, communications adapters, asynchronous modems and pre-packaged, pre-configured NACS software.
 Microdyne worked with Novell to specify, design and build these network access servers, which are optimized to take full advantage of Novell's NetWare, the most widely used network operating system. Network Access Server by Microdyne
 Available in four and eight port Ethernet or token ring models, the NetWare Access Server by Microdyne permits up to four or eight simultaneous, yet geographically dispersed, remote users to dial into a NetWare LAN over phone lines and access network based applications, files or resources such as word processing documents or specific printers.
 In addition, the NetWare Access Server by Microdyne allows remote users to access other LAN resources. These resources include connections to host computers via Novell's NetWare for SAA, LAN Workplace (TCP/IP support) and NACS. The NetWare Access Server by Microdyne runs the network application and handles all of the data processing -- only screen and keyboard I/O are transmitted to and from the remote computer. This provides the remote user with performance and functionality comparable to locally attached workstations.
 In addition, locally attached PCs and Apple Macintosh workstations can run DOS applications on the NetWare Access Server by Microdyne. Netware Asynchronous Communications Server By Microdyne
 The NACS by Microdyne provides network users with the dial-out capabilities required for connection to an asynchronous host computer, bulletin board systems and any other asynchronous resource. Coupled with popular third-party terminal emulation software packages, network users can access these asynchronous services and function as a terminal directly connected to the host. When used with third-party asynchronous communications packages, network users can communicate with external public databases, or connect with remote electronic mail facilities. Pricing And Availability
 Both the NetWare Access Server by Microdyne and NACS by Microdyne are available today through Novell Authorized Resellers in 4-port and 8-port versions. Pricing in the United States and Canada is as follows:
 -- 4 Port, 10Base-2 $8,995
 -- 4 Port, 10Base-T $8,995
 -- 4 Port, Token-Ring $9,695
 -- 8 Port, 10Base-2 $13,995
 -- 8 Port, 10Base-T $13,995
 -- 8 Port, Token Ring $14,695
 For pricing outside the United States and Canada, customers should contact their local Novell Authorized Resellers.
 Microdyne and Novell are co-sponsoring a 30-city free seminar series in both the United States and Canada, beginning in May, to educate customers and resellers about these unique network communications modules.
 Novell, Inc. is an operating system software company and the developer of network services, specialized and general purpose operating systems software products, including NetWare and DR DOS. Novell's NetWare network computing products manage and control the sharing of services, data and applications among computer workgroups, departmental networks and across business-wide information systems.
 Based in Alexandria, Va., Microdyne is a leading developer of local and wide area network hardware products, including intelligent Ethernet controllers, Datalink connectivity products, IBM connectivity products and FDDI/CDDI network interface controllers. All Microdyne WAN/LAN products are designed for Novell's NetWare network operating system.
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 /CONTACT: Neal Sanders of Microdyne, 703-739-0500; or Bill Jeppesen of Novell, 408-747-4236; or Tony Sapienza or Chad Sanborn of Miller Communications, 617-536-0470, for Microdyne/
 (MCDY NOVL) CO: Microdyne Corporation; Novell Inc. ST: Virginia, California IN: CPR SU: PDT


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