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NEW PRODUCT SET FOR COST-EFFECTIVE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT IBM DATAHUB ENHANCES DISTRIBUTED DATA ADMINISTRATION

 NEW PRODUCT SET FOR COST-EFFECTIVE INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
 IBM DATAHUB ENHANCES DISTRIBUTED DATA ADMINISTRATION
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM today introduced the SystemView (a) Information Warehouse (a) DataHub (a), a new family of software products that works on personal computing workstations, midrange computers and large host computers to help customers more productively and effectively manage the information that is crucial to running their business.
 DataHub simplifies many of the tasks that those who administer corporate systems and databases must perform by automating certain tasks, providing common screen appearance for different software tools, and providing a workstation control point for multiple IBM relational database management systems.
 For example, DataHub products enable database administrators or helpdesk personnel to determine the status of a relational database transaction in any DataHub managed database within the enterprise, and provide their end users with fast answers to their questions. Using DataHub, a systems administrator can perform similar tasks once for multiple systems rather than performing the same task several times for several different systems. The increased productivity offered by DataHub can result in significant cost savings.
 "The leading-edge technology offered by DataHub creates a unique platform for database systems management," said Mark Morin, assistant general manager, Software Marketing, IBM US. "The open architecture and management features offered by DataHub will help create an environment that will encourage the development of distributed database applications."
 The DataHub product set consists of five components, a workstation component and four host support components, one each for the Multiple Virtual Storage (MVS), Virtual Machine (VM), Operating System/400 (a) (OS/400) (a) and Operating System/2 (a) (OS/2) (a) platforms. Each component consists of two parts: a common set of functions and a tools feature.
 DataHub's common set of functions reside on host and workstation platforms. These common functions provide both communications between the platforms and common services that make it easier to develop tools. Each platform supports a DataHub tools feature, and database management tools from IBM, customers and other software vendors.
 The DataHub tools feature provides a set of relational database management functions that help systems administrators perform their jobs more efficiently.
 As a product family that works with different database tools from different software companies, DataHub supports IBM's strategy for computing in an open systems enterprise.
 DataHub also is a key component of two major IBM software strategies: SystemView, IBM's framework for systems management in the enterprise, and the Information Warehouse framework, a set of products and utilities for accessing and managing diverse data no matter where it resides.
 Candle (b) Corp. and PLATINUM technology (b) inc., two of the International Alliance Members for SystemView, and LEGENT (b) Inc., a SystemView Development Partner, are announcing their intent today to develop products for DataHub. Twelve other vendors today are announcing their intent to support DataHub.
 SystemView Support
 In SystemView, DataHub provides a set of products that can simplify the tasks of database personnel, systems administrators, helpdesk personnel, systems programmers and application programmers.
 DataHub's tools feature provides capabilities within five of SystemView's disciplines: Business Management, Change Management, Configuration Management, Operation Management and Problem Management.
 DataHub also provides tool developers with a set of common services to reduce development effort and ensure consistency among tools. It provides a user interface that conforms to SystemView's End User Dimension, which incorporates an object/action-oriented graphical user interface that is designed to be consistent for all tools and that associates data with function.
 Information Warehouse Support
 In the Information Warehouse framework, DataHub plays a key systems management role. From a single workstation or group of workstations, customers can manage multiple databases in the same environment or multiple databases in a mixed environment, whether the databases are in a single location or multiple locations. It also provides the ability to copy database objects fro one relational database to another.
 Relational data is one of the key elements of the Information Warehouse framework. DataHub supports the four Systems Application Architecture (a) (SAA (a)) relational database management systems: OS/2 Database Manager, OS/400 Database Manager, Structured Query Language/Data System (SQL/DS (a)) for the VM environment, and DATABASE 2* for the MVS environment. SAA is the IBM architecture for providing common appearance and function across IBM's OS/2, OS/400, VM and MVS operating systems.
 DataHub also manages multiple relational IBM databases that communicate using Distributed Relational Database Architecture (a) (DRDA) in a distributed environment. DRDA is IBM's published client/server architecture for accessing distributed relational data.
 Price & Availability
 DataHub/2, the workstation component, can be installed as a standalone product or in a LAN environment that is accessible to many users on multiple workstations.
 DataHub Support/2 and DataHub Support/MVS, two of the host support components, have an optional tools feature for managing data. The other host support components, DataHub Support/400 and DataHub/Support VM, which is a feature of SQL/DS, have an integrated tools feature.
 The price of each component -- DataHub/2, DataHub Support/2, DataHub Support/400, DataHub Support/VM and DataHub Support/MVS -- varies according to platform and processor size. Shipment to a selected set of customers will be complete by March 31. General availability information will be provided at a later date.
 DataHub was developed by the IBM Programming Systems line of business at the Santa Teresa Laboratory in San Jose, Calif., and the IBM Canada Laboratory in Toronto; by the Application Business Systems line of business in Rochester, Minn., and the IBM Australia/New Zealand Ltd. Australian Programming Centre in Sydney.
 (a) Indicates trademark or registered trademark of the International Business Machines Corp.
 (b) Indicates a trademark or registered trademark of the following companies: Candle Corp., PLATINUM technology inc., LEGENT Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Steven Malkiewicz of IBM, 212-230-5499 on Oct. 6, or 914-642-5449 after Oct. 6/
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