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NCR WIDENS INTERNETWORK HIGHWAY FOR ENTERPRISE-WIDE LAN SPEED StarWANTM Brouters Support SNA, 16/4 Token Ring, T3, HSSI, SMDS

 NCR WIDENS INTERNETWORK HIGHWAY FOR ENTERPRISE-WIDE LAN SPEED


StarWANTM Brouters Support SNA, 16/4 Token Ring, T3, HSSI, SMDS
 LINCROFT, N.J., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- NCR Corporation today dramatically broadened its Open Networking EnvironmentTM (ONE) support for enterprise-wide internetworking with several enhancements to its StarWAN family of brouters offering users LAN speeds over wide area networks and connectivity to emerging network services.
 NCR StarWAN Brouter Release 4 includes new software and hardware features for the StarWAN Brouter family. As a key component of the ONE strategy for SNA and open networking coexistence, NCR expanded its StarWAN Brouter offering with enhanced SNA support, including SDLC support, and 16/4 Mbps Token Ring connectivity. To meet the recent explosion of LAN interconnect requirements, StarWAN Release 4 adds support for high-speed networking technologies which provide users with both greater performance and more cost-effective use of available bandwidth, including T3/E3 support, High Speed Serial Interface (HSSI), Switched Multimegabit Data Service (SMDS) support, Frame Relay, and Single Mode Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) support.
 "These enhancements are key to providing the performance and capabilities that end users need for true internetworking," said Matthew Balkovic, assistant vice president, NCR Network Products Group. "With StarWAN Brouters, there is now less distinction between wide area and local area speed and services. Customers can build enterprise networks that adapt to whatever chosen network protocol or transport technology they have today or may need in the future. And with services such as Frame Relay and SMDS, users will be able to achieve enterprise-wide LAN performance in a cost-effective manner."
 SNA Enhancements
 SNA enhancements to the NCR StarWAN Brouter family include SDLC transport and 16/4 Mbps Token Ring support.
 -- SDLC Transport is a set of features that allow SNA network users to access SNA applications via the open, standards-based StarWAN brouter network. Rather than maintaining a parallel SNA network for SDLC data streams, traffic can be aggregated with Token Ring, Ethernet and FDDI LANs into a single, high performance campus or wide area backbone network. Normal SDLC traffic can be transported over industry standard serial, Ethernet, Token Ring, FDDI, X.25, Frame Relay, SMDS, T1/E1 or T3/E3 media.
 -- The 16/4 Mbps Token Ring feature provides a high performance interface for Token Ring networks to the NCR StarWAN Brouter network. With this interface, Token Ring network users now have access to multi-protocol routing capabilities of StarWAN Brouter networks.
 High-Capacity Network Interfaces
 To meet the growing demand for high-capacity internetworking at greater than T1 rates, the NCR StarWAN Brouter Model 450 now supports T3/E3 and High Speed Serial Interface (HSSI). This release also adds FDDI single-mode fiber support offering users FDDI connectivity over longer distances (up to 10 kilometers or 6.2 miles) than multi-mode FDDI.
 The NCR StarWAN Brouter Model 450 now supports DS3, Fractional DS3, Switched T3, and SMDS T3 in North America, as well as E3 or 802.6/MAN in Europe, Australia, and the Far East. The StarWAN Model 450 also supports up to four HSSI links for single-port high-speed connection to 52 Mbps networks with throughput of up to 20,000 packets per second.
 The High Speed Serial Interface provides a single-port, high-speed connection to wide area networks at speeds up to 52 Mbps and throughput up to 20,000 packets per second. The Model 450 supports up to four HSSI links.
 Leading-Edge Switched Services Support
 StarWAN Release 4 also supports newly emerging switched data services which take advantage of high-speed media, such as T3 and FDDI, but at switched services economy. The StarWAN Brouter X.25 Firmware option is enhanced to support Transparent Bridging, Source-route Bridging, and SDLC Transport via Frame Relay and X.25 networks.
 SMDS support provides network users with access to SMDS value-added data network services. Based on the IEEE 802.6 Metropolitan Area Network standard, SMDS provides plug and play networking to end users, in addition to lower line and hardware costs over private networks.
 NCR., the Networked Computing Resource of AT&T, develops, manufactures, markets, supports and services enterprise-wide information systems for worldwide markets.
 Open Networking Environment and StarWAN are trademarks of NCR Corporation.
 NCR is a registered trademark of NCR Corporation.
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