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NOVELL NETWARE SUPPORT DELIVERED; IBM ANNOUNCES FAULT-TOLERANT SERVER FOR LESS THAN $20,000

 SOMERS, N.Y., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The IBM Personal Computer Company North America today introduced the PS/2(A) Server 195 -- a fault-tolerant system that offers an affordable growth path to the PS/2 Server 295 -- for less than $20,000. The company also announced Novell NetWare support for both of these powerful systems, as well as price reductions of up to 30 percent for certain PS/2 Server 295 models.
 Like its more powerful cousin, the PS/2 Server 195 can support advanced network management software that enables customers to remotely or locally manage and/or control their networks, in addition to superior fault tolerant capabilities that allow the system's entire disk capacity to be automatically protected in the event of a system failure. While standard on the PS/2 Server 295, these advanced features are available as options to the 195.
 The built-to-order PS/2 Server 195 is ideal for customers with large corporate or departmental applications that need continuous access, or for customers that are consolidating multiple servers into a larger, more scalable environment.
 "The PS/2 Server 195, which supports the industry's leading network operating system, NetWare, provides an affordable means to consolidate groups of existing servers into a powerful, fault-tolerant system," said David Andonian, director of premium brands, IBM PC Company North America. "In addition, the PS/2 Server 195 is fully upgradeable to the 295, our sophisticated, proven system for business-critical applications."
 According to Robert A. Young, director of marketing for Novell's NetWare Products Division, "The PS/2 Server 195 shows the IBM PC Company's commitment to the server market and to customers who have made Novell NetWare the dominant network operating system for advanced network services. The PS/2 Server 195, combined with NetWare, provides a very strong platform upon which customers can build enterprise-wide information systems."
 Exceptional Performance Delivered
 Upgradeable to a multiprocessing system, the Server 195 comes configured with a single Intel 80486, 50 megahertz (MHz) processor, with 256 kilobytes (KB) of level two cache. The system also includes 128 megabytes (MB) of Error Checking and Correcting (ECC) memory, and two disk channels using 32-bit Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) microprocessors and advanced Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) technology. In addition, the system supports up to 28 gigabytes (GB) of hard-disk storage using Orthogonal RAID-5 technology.
 This advanced technology configuration enables the PS/2 Server 195 to have superior performance in complex network environments. In a test configuration of managing files in a NetWare environment of more than 450 clients, the PS/2 Server 195, equipped with Orthogonal RAID-5, outperformed the Compaq SystemPro/XL in the same network by almost 100 percent.(B)
 "We ordered a PS/2 Server 195 because it's NetWare certified, and because it's from IBM. Only the PS/2 Server 195 has the reliable Orthogonal RAID-5 technology we need to stay competitive," said Dr. Alex Hoffman, vice president for information systems at Miller's Group, Forth Worth, Texas, an insurance company that is consolidating a local area network of 100 users.
 Available as an option, the IBM Orthogonal RAID-5 Disk Array/2(A) supports multiple, parallel disk arrays of up to 16 drives for large- capacity, high-performance, advanced applications. Through this technology, customers have the ability to remove a disk and replace it while the system is in operation without losing data. This process is commonly called "hot swap." In addition, the Orthogonal RAID-5 technology also supports auto reconstruction, which automatically reconstructs data on a standby spare disk resident in the system in the event of a disk failure.
 As customers' needs expand and they "grow" their PS/2 Server 195s toward the power of a 295, the following additional options also are supported:
 -- IBM Maximum Availability and Support System/2 (MASS/2) -- software that lets customers, remotely or locally, monitor, tune or control their large, geographically dispersed networks. MASS/2 uses battery backed-up Remote Maintenance Processor (RMP) and a modem to notify administrators of errors, failures and corrective action taken, and provides system access during a power failure;
 -- Parallel Network Array -- software that is geared for NetWare- configured PS/2 Server 195s to provide hot standby capability for uninterrupted operation of network adapters in the event of an adapter failure.
 No other server running OS/2(A) or NetWare from any other vendor can match the PS/2 Server 195's growth path, including the Compaq SystemPro/XL, the NetFRAME 450FT and the Tricord PowerFRAME 40/33C.
 Built To Order
 The PS/2 Server 195 can be configured specifically to a customer's needs on a built-to-order basis, and supports the leading network and system operating systems, including: NetWare 3.11, OS/2 1.30.2 and OS/2 LAN Server 2.0 Advanced. The PS/2 Server 195 also supports Microsoft LAN Manager 2.2.
 "We'll build exactly the system a customer wants," said Andonian. "No other advanced server on the market today is as flexible as the PS/2 Server 195, and no other vendor is as accommodating to server customers as the IBM PC Company."
 Availability and Support
 The PS/2 Server 195 and the PS/2 Server 295 can be ordered today from IBM authorized resellers and from the IBM sales force. All PS/2 servers come with the best warranty in the industry: 24-hour, three- year, on-site IBM service with an average response time of four hours.
 NetWare 3.11, supporting Orthogonal RAID-5 Disk Array/2 software, is available today for the uniprocessor versions of the PS/2 Server 195 and 295; Multiprocessor Extensions/2, MASS/2 and Parallel Network Array/2 will be available in the third quarter.
 Better Server 295 Price/Performance
 The IBM PC Company North America also announced today that it is reducing prices on multiprocessing version of the PS/2 Server 295 by 30 percent. Systems with two 50 MHz 80486 processors, or one 33 MHz and one 50 MHz 80486 processor now carry a suggested list price of less than $35,000. Prior to today's announcement, customers could only purchase a uniprocessor PS/2 Server 295 for that price.
 (A) -- Indicates trademark or registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.
 (B) -- Source: IBM benchmark tests.
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 /CONTACT: Lisa Figlioli of Jennings & Co., 914-251-5988, for IBM/
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