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NEW DIGITAL BUSINESS PRACTICE SIMPLIFIES MIGRATION ACROSS HARDWARE PLATFORMS

 NEW DIGITAL BUSINESS PRACTICE SIMPLIFIES MIGRATION
 ACROSS HARDWARE PLATFORMS
 MAYNARD, Mass. -- Nov. 4, /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Equipment Corporation (NYSE: DEC) today announced a new business practice that provides customers the flexibility to move software applications between hardware platforms without paying additional licensing fees. This new practice -- the first of its kind in the industry -- enables customers to make morestrategic use of computing assets and will facilitate integration of the forthcoming Alpha AXP systems.
 "We believe that the way we do business with our customers is as important as our products and services. By enabling the customer to use software where and when they need it, customers will be able to make the most effective business use of technology, while protecting their technology investment." said Mary Welch, marketing manager for Digital's Corporate Business Practices Group.
 Digital's user licenses now provide cross-platform mobility by allowing use of a layered product across all platforms running the same operating system.
 For example, a Personal Use License for DEC FORTRAN for OpenVMS can be used on either a VAX or Alpha AXP platform.
 Customers benefit by being able to move the user licenses between systems they already own and systems they buy in the future, provided they are running the same operating system. Customers can be assured that their investment in user licenses is protected.
 Cross-platform mobility applies automatically to all user-based application licenses that the customer already has purchased and those that are purchased in the future. No additional paperwork is required. There are no additional license fees.
 The mobility provided by the new business practice is unique to the industry. Other companies require customers migrating to new hardware platforms to purchase new licenses, resulting in additional costs and administrative overhead.
 It allows customers who need an application not yet available on Alpha AXP to make the investment today on an available platform and with the confidence of full investment protection. This flexible business practice complements the functional compatibility of the operating systems that provide customers the technical ease to migrate applications.
 In July of 1992, Digital introduced OpenVMS licensing which priced operating system licenses based on the way the system is used - server, specific number of users or system capacity. Prior to that, in October 1991, Digital announced user licensing for applications, which provided PC-like licensing flexibility, enabling companies to license applications for individuals, groups of concurrent users, or according to capacity of the system on which they run.
 The new cross-platform feature of user licensing builds upon all of these innovations. Companies can now choose to buy licenses for individual users or concurrent users and can maintain this flexibility across hardware architectures within an operating system.
 Digital Equipment Corporation, headquartered in Maynard, Mass., is the leading worldwide supplier of networked computer systems, software and services. Digital pioneered and leads the industry in interactive, distributed and multivendor computing. Digital and its business partners deliver the power to use the best integrated solutions - from desktop to data center - in open information environments.
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