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NETWORK SYSTEMS, WILTEL SIGN CHANNEL NETWORKING SERVICE AGREEMENT; SERVICE TO PROVIDE DIRECT MIGRATION PATH TO ATM BY END OF '93

 MINNEAPOLIS, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Network Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: NSCO) (NSC) announced today it has signed a marketing and development agreement with WilTel under which the carrier will provide an immediate, turnkey channel networking service using NSC's channel networking equipment.
 The channel networking service will include NSC's GREENLINE Remote Device System Host and Device Controllers, which provide host-to-host or host-to-peripheral connectivity over a wide area, NSC support services, and WilTel's network transmission services.
 The service will support such applications as electronic vaulting, disaster recovery and data center reconfigurations, while simplifying project management and billing.
 WilTel is launching the channel networking service over private line, and will provide a direct migration path to an ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) platform by the end of this year. This means that service subscribers with a need for bandwidth on demand can migrate to the ATM network, taking advantage of the economy and flexibility offered by the ATM platform.
 "This agreement acknowledges the fact that channel networking needs -- especially those involving the need to process large amounts of data very rapidly over extended distances -- are growing fast, and it clearly demonstrates NSC's leadership in meeting those needs," said Warren Pillsbury, NSC's vice president of marketing.
 "High-volume applications like central and remote data storage (including DASD -- Direct Access Storage Device -- support), disaster recovery, LAN (Local Area Network) integration, and distributed data processing call for the host-to-host, host-to-peripheral and host-to-LAN functionality that NSC's channel networking equipment provides. This equipment offers superior performance, the broadest product lines, and features comprehensive, worldwide service and support.
 "As the channel networking and internetworking markets converge, the combination of our standards-based channel extension and bridge-routing products gives NSC the unique capability to interconnect LAN/WAN and host/peripheral environments for extensive enterprise networking."
 Pillsbury stated that NSC's ATM strategy is a natural fit for such a service: "Because our strategy features support for existing media and for emerging standards like ATM, subscribers and customers are provided with superior migration flexibility. And it meets the channel extension market's requirements for high-speed connections, interoperability and design flexibility."
 The high-speed wide-area network (WAN) interface board that NSC rolled out earlier this month, Phase 1 of its ATM strategy, will provide both High Speed Serial Interface (HSSI) and V.35 connections from NSC's channel extension products to an external cellifier. This cellifier will convert Frame Relay or Switched Multimegabit Data Services (SMDS) protocols to ATM, allowing early ATM implementers like WilTel to connect NSC's equipment to ATM switches or to ATM WANs and MANs (Metropolitan Area Networks).
 NSC's network management capabilities support NetView and SNMP, which will enable WilTel's channel networking service subscribers to use either host-based or workstation-based network management tools to manage their networks.
 Network Systems, based in Minneapolis, provides industry-leading networking solutions that integrate the host-centric and LAN-centric worlds of computing.
 WilTel is a full-service telecommunications company that offers data, voice and video products, and services worldwide. WilTel owns and operates a nationwide digital fiber-optic network, one of only four in the United States, with access to more than 30,000 system miles.
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 /NOTE: Network Systems is a registered trademark of Network Systems Corporation/
 /CONTACT: Don Flanagan of Network Systems, 612-424-1555/
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