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PROTEON AND IBM SIGN SOFTWARE ENABLEMENT AGREEMENT; COMPANIES AGREE TO ENABLE MIGRATION OF PROTEON ROUTER APPLICATIONS TO NETVIEW/6000 PLATFORM

 WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Proteon, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTON), further demonstrating its commitment to provide device management and enterprise systems support, today announced it has signed a software enablement agreement with IBM (NYSE: IBM) that will ensure a smooth migration path for Proteon device management applications to IBM's NetView(R)/6000 platform.
 The agreement means that the two companies will ensure porting Proteon's OneVIEW network management applications to the NetView/6000 environment. Under terms of the one-year licensing agreement, IBM will provide Proteon with equipment and software, classroom training, and specialized instruction to assure users that Proteon devices can be easily managed from any NetView/6000 management station. Proteon's NetView/6000 application will be available in 1994.
 Richard Knowles, IBM's manager, Enterprise Management Alliances, Networking Systems, Research Triangle Park, N.C., said, "One of the major goals of the NetView/6000 program is to encourage third-party application development. Proteon's intense development effort will go a long way toward achieving this end. Adding Proteon device management to the NetView/6000 platform greatly enhances customer value and functionality."
 Proteon's focus in this area is an extension of joint Proteon/IBM network management interoperability efforts that have been underway for some time. This includes distribution of Proteon router Management Information Bases (MIBs) by IBM with NetView/6000 software to ensure that NetView/6000 stations recognize and can manage Proteon devices using SNMP. Proteon and IBM regularly test and evaluate MIB updates.
 Proteon also recently announced support for IBM's new DLSw interoperability standard. DLSw is an IBM-sponsored approach for SNA and NetBIOS applications that today use vendor proprietary tunneling and conversion techniques. In addition, Proteon has announced support in its family of routers for LAN Network Manager (LNM), an IBM product that allows the management of Token Ring networks interconnected by Source Routing Bridges in SNA environments.
 Paul Toldalagi, vice president and general manager of Proteon's Internetworking Systems Division, said the agreement further solidifies a partnership that has spanned several years. "Our strategy has always been to co-exist in IBM environments. As this platform has gained significant momentum in the past year, we have in turn intensified our efforts to make sure that not only all Proteon devices are fully SNMP manageable by NetView/6000, but that future Proteon tasks and applications are supported on this new industry standard platform."
 As part of the agreement, Proteon will also gain active participation in the IBM Power Team, an association for RISC System/6000 developers and users. Additionally, Proteon will receive discounts on the purchase of RISC 6000 systems and software, and access to a wide range of IBM interactive electronic information services. Proteon plans to demonstrate both device and management application network management integration with IBM's NetView/6000 platform at future industry trade shows and conferences.
 OneVIEW for UNIX and OneVIEW/pc for the personal computer, Proteon's SNMP-based network device management systems, offer a unified solution for managing a Token Ring infrastructure from a single station. Users can manage Proteon's complete product line -- adapter cards, intelligent hubs and bridging routers -- as well as other vendors' SNMP-based devices.
 Proteon delivers networking and internetworking solutions that provide customers with reliable networks for mixed IBM and multi- protocol environments. Providing industry-leading SNA interconnectivity that works, Proteon products span the enterprise to meet the needs of headquarters, mid-range and remote-site networks. Proteon's product families include a full line of multi-protocol bridging routers, Token Ring and Ethernet intelligent hubs, integrated network management, wire centers and award-winning high performance Token Ring adapter cards.
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 /CONTACT: Joe Grillo or Karin Bakis of Proteon, 508-898-2800; David Copithorne or David Kitchen of Copithorne & Bellows, 617-252-0606, for Proteon/
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