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NEW SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT PLATFORM WILL IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY, REDUCE COSTS OF MANAGING DISTRIBUTED NETWORKS

NEW SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT PLATFORM WILL IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY, REDUCE COSTS
 OF MANAGING DISTRIBUTED NETWORKS
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM Corporation (NYSE: IBM) today announced an integrated suite of new products that will enable customers to manage local area network (LAN) resources, such as files, applications and printers, from a single administrative location on a LAN.
 The family of products -- called IBM LANfocus(see Note A) Management/2 -- draws on the robust capabilities of OS/2(A) 2.0 and will allow large and small customers to reduce the costs of managing multivendor LANs across an enterprise.
 To ensure interoperability with a broad range of other products, LANfocus Management/2 supports industry standards such as the Common Management Information Protocol (CMIP) and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and implements major portions of SystemView(A), IBM's strategy for enterprise-wide systems management.
 The new platform allows the LAN administrator at a workstation to access different systems management applications using the same visual screen. It provides enhanced automation and greater integration among products to streamline such management tasks as detecting hardware or software failures on the network -- which often require the combined efforts of users and trained personnel at both remote and central locations.
 Today's LANfocus Management/2 announcement includes two key product groups:
 -- A framework for building and executing systems management applications that allows the LAN administrator to look at and communicate with all hardware and software attached to the network.
 -- A core set of systems management applications for overseeing performance and system utilization; viewing configuration and handling problems; managing Novell servers; and providing connections to NetView(A), IBM's flagship host-based network management product.
 "Customers need comprehensive tools to manage their increasingly distributed, multivendor networks," said Art Olbert, personal systems director of LAN systems. "Today's announcement, by providing an integrated LAN management framework and support for industry standards, marks OS/2 as one of the broadest and most powerful platforms for managing LANs."
 Support for Industry Standards
 To encourage the development of third-party systems management applications, LANfocus Management/2 provides a set of common application programming interfaces (APIs) that have been accepted by key industry organizations that further standards, such as the Open Software Foundation(B) (OSF(B)) and X/Open, and accepted by IBM's SystemView.
 One of these interfaces, named the X/Open Management Protocol (XMP), allows developers to create applications without having to know the underlying management and transport protocols, such as CMIP and SNMP. SystemView has adopted XMP as its Common Management Interface Protocol (CMIP), and the LANfocus Management/2 products are among the first management products in the industry to incorporate elements of the OSF's Distributed Management Environment (DME) technology.
 "DME was specifically created to allow end users to manage their distributed open systems cost-effectively," said Jon Gossels, OSF's business area manager for interoperability. "We're pleased that, through IBM's LANfocus Management/2 family of products, end users can begin to take advantage of the benefits of OSF's DME initiative."
 LANfocus Management/2 Family of Products
 The LANfocus Management/2 framework supports applications such as notifying a LAN administrator when there are hardware or software failures, monitoring how much memory each workstation is using, generating pictures of how devices on the network are connected, or distributing software updates throughout the network. Together with NetView and other IBM products, these applications can provide customers with a comprehensive distributed systems management solution.
 The LANfocus Manage/2 product is used to build and execute system management applications. Manage/2 determines which workstations, applications and other resources are on the LAN, and displays -- via View/2 -- how they are connected, and then indicates any changes in these connections.
 LANfocus View/2 uses colored icons shaped like PCs and other network elements that enable the administrator to observe the network at any level of detail -- the entire LAN, a discrete segment, or an individual workstation, device or other resource. View/2 is based on the OS/2 2.0 Workplace Shell(A) that makes it easier for programmers to create networking, management and other applications.
 The following products include "agents" that provide information to Manage/2 and its applications, allowing the LAN administrator to manage network resources:
 -- LANfocus Enable/2 acts as the agent for OS/2 2.0 systems.
 -- LANfocus Agents/2 provides additional information for OS/2, as well as for DOS 5.0, DOS 5.0 with Microsoft Windows(B) 3.1, and the OS/2 LAN Requester.
 -- LANfocus Agents Extended/2 provides information for IBM LAN Server, and OS/2 Extended Services' Database Manager and Communications Manager.
 IBM also announced today its intent to deliver a core set of LANfocus Management/2 systems management applications:
 -- LANfocus Monitor/2 monitors system performance indicators, such as disk input and output, and gathers and reports statistics on how network resources are being used.
 -- LANfocus Start/2 lets the administrator use rich, visual icons to manage, plan and validate the configuration of resources.
 -- LANfocus Fix/2 acts to monitor network problems discovered by Agents/2 and Agents. It allows the LAN administrator to set priorities for which problems will be reported and what recommended repair actions will be taken.
 -- LANfocus NetView Tie/2 transmits events requiring host involvement to NetView as alerts.
 -- NetWare Services Manager for LANfocus Management/2 provides full management services for Novell networks.
 -- LANfocus Management/2 will also be integrated with IBM's MASS/2 subsystem of the recently announced IBM PS/2 Server 295, which provides improved server monitoring and control and significantly enhances the administration of large, complex client/server networks.
 These applications support industry standards, such as CMIP and SNMP, and conform to the SystemView framework.
 Early versions of the LANfocus Management/2 platform products will be tested in customer and vendor environments beginning this month. Testing for the core systems management applications will begin early in 1993.
 Application Support from Independent Software Vendors
 To provide customers with a single platform for managing NetWare local area networks, IBM and Novell have agreed that both companies will market a NetWare Services Manager for LANfocus Management/2 products.
 "NetWare Services Manager for OS/2 can achieve its full potential within the framework of LANfocus Management/2," said Kanwal Rekhi, executive vice president of Novell's Interoperability Systems Group. "Customers who rely on OS/2 can feel confident that IBM and Novell will continue to support their needs by providing a full-service systems and network management environment."
 Microcom(B) Inc. has announced its intention to market LANlord(B) LM/2, an integrated suite of real-time management applications for software and hardware reporting, remote configuration management, and other systems management functions for the LANfocus Management/2 environment.
 IBM is encouraging other independent software vendors (ISVs) to provide additional applications on the LANfocus Management/2 platform and is supporting these efforts with technical assistance. Customers may also choose to implement their own LANfocus Management/2 applications.
 To date, 14 ISVs have announced that their products will support the LANfocus Management/2 framework, including Novell, Microcom, Computer Associates and Ungermann-Bass.
 A list of all ISVs and products is available.
 Prices and Availability
 Following are prices and availability for the products announced today:
 IBM LANfocus Manage/2 1.0
 -- $1,245; available 2nd quarter 1993
 IBM LANfocus View/2 1.0
 -- $595; available 2nd quarter 1993
 IBM LANfocus Enable/2 1.0
 -- $55; available 2nd quarter 1993
 IBM LANfocus Agents/2 1.0
 -- $55; available 2nd quarter 1993
 IBM LANfocus Agents Extended/2 1.0
 -- $75; available 2nd quarter 1993
 (A) -- Indicates trademark or registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.
 (B) -- Indicates trademark or registered trademark as follows: Open Software Foundation and OSF of the Open Software Foundation; Windows of Microsoft Corporation; Microcom and LANlord of Microcom Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Dennis Drogseth of IBM, 212-230-5499, or after today, 914-642-5474/
 (IBM) CO: International Business Machines Corp. ST: New York IN: CPR SU: PDT


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