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NETWORK SYSTEMS FIRST TO USE IP FOR CHANNEL NETWORKING PRODUCTS; FIRST PHASE OF NETWORK-ATTACHED STORAGE STRATEGY

 MINNEAPOLIS, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Network Systems(R) Corporation (NASDAQ: NSCO) today announced Greenline-IP(TM), the first channel networking products to use IP (Internet Protocol) as a native transport protocol. This new implementation allows Network Systems' customers to use standard IP networks for shared access from a variety of hosts to storage devices such as Automated Tape Libraries.
 With this new product line, customers can seamlessly connect channel networking products to their IP-capable networks, without the added cost of a separate router and the degraded performance of protocol encapsulation. Customers can thus leverage their investment in existing Ethernet, Token Ring, and FDDI networks.
 "Greenline-IP represents the first phase of our network-attached storage strategy, which we are implementing jointly with our partner Storage Technology. It also demonstrates our unique ability to integrate channel extension with internetworking applications in the same product," according to Warren Pillsbury, vice president of Marketing for Network Systems.
 WilTel, a leading telecommunications company, recently selected Greenline-IP products for use in its new high-speed channel networking service. WilTel owns and operates a nationwide digital fiber-optic network, one of only four in the United States.
 Greenline-IP supports more than two dozen hosts and peripherals, is compatible with the new WAN (Wide Area Network) services Frame Relay and SMDS, and is based on Network Systems' new hardware platform, DXE.
 Greenline-IP supports all hosts and devices that conform to the FIPS-60 (Federal Information Processing Standard) channel specification and the IBM block multiplexer channel specification. These include systems from Amdahl, Cray Research, Digital Equipment Corporation, Hitachi, IBM and Unisys.
 The peripherals supported by Greenline-IP include the Storage Technology Automated Tape Library, several types of reel-to-reel and cartridge tape devices including the IBM 3420, 3480, and 3490, a variety of IBM-compatible tape devices, solid state disk drives, and Unisys tape devices including the Cartridge Library Unit. Additionally, Greenline- IP supports remote high-speed printers, terminal controllers, and communications processors.
 The Greenline-IP products are based on Network Systems' DXE (Data Exchange Extended) architecture, which has enhanced reliability and which can be configured for redundancy and fault-tolerance. This same architecture is used by Network Systems' other channel networking product lines.
 Greenline-IP products are available now; prices start at $27,500.
 Network Systems, founded in 1974 and based in Minneapolis, provides industry-leading networking solutions that integrate the host-based and LAN-based worlds of computing. Network Systems had annual revenues in 1992 of $219 million. The company, which has installed systems in more than 4,000 customer sites around the world, develops, manufactures, markets and supports bridge-routers, channel extenders, CPU networking devices, host-LAN interconnect controllers, network-attached storage and backup solutions, and high-speed switches.
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 /NOTE: Greenline and Network Systems are trademarks of Network Systems Corporation./
 /CONTACT: Don Flanagan, 612-424-1555, or Mary Dudley, 612-424-1532, both of Network Systems/
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