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PROGINET LAUNCHES ONE-STOP GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKING; HOST .FTAM BRINGS OSI WITHIN FINANCIAL REACH

 PROGINET LAUNCHES ONE-STOP GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKING;
 HOST .FTAM BRINGS OSI WITHIN FINANCIAL REACH
 UNIONDALE, N.Y., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Proginet Corp., the leading supplier of Open Systems technology for IBM mainframe computers, today introduced the first comprehensive global interoperability product for IBM mainframe systems. The product, Host.FTAM (File Transfer Access and Management), allows independent file exchange with virtually any other system type at unprecedented speeds, volumes and reliability levels while slashing the cost of inter-company global communications under Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) standards.
 In addition to providing file exchange with more than 400 other computer systems, including Digital, Tandem, Data General, ICL, Siemens, Unisys, Fujitsu, Hitachi, NEC, Bull, Sun Microsystems and Novell, Host.FTAM allows IBM MVS/ESA (Enterprise Systems Architecture) computers to transfer files with computer-based equipment such as telephone switches, factory robots and process control devices.
 Host.FTAM also is the first file transfer application to fully exploit multiprocessor environments, a capability that is critical to high-volume users. Every available processor is able to execute additional simultaneous transmissions.
 "As the leading provider of multi-platform connectivity products for IBM mainframes, Proginet recognizes the challenges that users face in attempting to implement truly global systems," said Joe Mohen, vice president of strategic planning at Proginet. "The current 'band-aid' approach, where piecemeal applications designed for small systems are retrofitted for larger systems, makes global communications an expensive and frustrating proposition."
 "We designed Host.FTAM specifically for the ESA environment, working in close collaboration with users and vendors across six continents, to achieve the integration, speed and volume required to lower the cost of OSI," he said.
 "Establishing an OSI-based global network is now as cost-effective and as
simple as SNA or TCP file transfer." The product is a seamless package requiring minimal configuration. Easy to use, Host.FTAM also automatically transmits diagnostic information directly to the host's support organization for real-time monitoring of inter-network conditions.
 Proginet has collaborated with Novell Inc. to bring enhanced OSI mainframe connectivity directly to Novell's NetWare FTAM, and is working with Tandem Computers Inc. to explore interoperability with Tandem's OSI/FTAM.
 "Many of Novell's largest NetWare customers seek mainframe connectivity across their enterprise networks," said Bob Davis, vice president and general manager of Novell's Connectivity Products Division. "Proginet's Host.FTAM offers our customers the advanced file transfer capabilities that they need to ensure smooth global communications while adhering to the emerging GOSIP standards."
 "Global interoperability is a fundamental concern for open systems; expanding the range of systems with which a vendor can interoperate is a necessity," said Gil Chacon, OSI product manager at Tandem Computer. "We look forward to exploring how Tandem's OSI/FTAM and Proginet's Host.FTAM can offer our customers the increased interoperability they require in heterogeneous environments."
 Proginet is targeting the large number of existing inter- organization networks where OSI file transfer is now the standard. Such organizations include financial clearinghouses like Deutsche Bundesbank, European Girobank and APEX in the United Kingdom. Similar transitions to OSI file transfer are under consideration across many government agencies and U.S. financial institutions.
 Proginet has established distributorships for key markets, including government and for key geographical regions.
 "The government has been demanding this type of product for two years," said John Marrama, president of Integrated Communication Solutions Inc., Proginet's distributor for the government market. "Host.FTAM will play a significant role in government file transfer applications while supporting GOSIP standards. It's affordable, feature-rich and capable of addressing both current and future communications needs."
 The core technology at the heart of Host.FTAM is the Open Systems Server, which allows virtually any other type of computer to retrieve files from IBM mainframes. It also permits IBM mainframe users or local "client" users to send and receive files to and from any other type of system.
 "Host.FTAM not only breaks new ground in the implementation of communications technology, but offers the most advanced exploitation of IBM's Enterprise Systems Architecture by any third party software package," said James F. Kelly, vice president of engineering at Proginet.
 The product exploits ESA capabilities like Dataspaces and Data-in- Virtual, which maximize reliability and permit a greater number of users access to the software. Host.FTAM also is integrated with the sophisticated MVS System Resource Manager, so that MVS sites can use their existing performance management products to control the entire file transfer process.
 An optional component of Host.FTAM is OSI Printer Support (OPS), which permits document printing in any of the systems on the enterprise network. For example, NetWare users may send printouts to high-capacity mainframe laser printers, while IBM mainframe users can send printouts to LANs or minicomputers.
 Host.FTAM includes a toggle to permit switching between English, French and German.
 Host.FTAM will be available in North America and Europe on Oct. 1, and OPS will be available on Nov. 1. Pricing starts at $52,300.
 Proginet Corp. is a privately held company headquartered in Uniondale, N.Y. Founded in 1982 and incorporated in 1986, Proginet now does business in more than 20 countries. Proginet Corp. is the developer of the XCOM 6.2 product line, now owned by the Legent Corporation.
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