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Relay technology and Sterling Software announce joint marketing of Mobile and Desktop Internet Solutions.

VIENNA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 3, 1997--

Complementary Offerings Deliver Host-based Applications to Corporate Web Users Anywhere

Relay Technology, Inc., a leading vendor of mobile solutions for corporate client/server environments, has formed a strategic marketing partnership with Sterling Software's Desktop Integration Division, developers of intelligent host access tools. The agreement enables Sterling to market Relay/On-the-Go(TM), Relay's automated mobile Internet/intranet solution, and allows Relay to market Sterling's STAR:View(TM), which gives remote users access to host-based applications through a Web browser. The agreement also allows Sterling to embed Relay Technology's Relay/Gold(TM) host emulation technology in Sterling's STAR:Flashpoint(TM), a client/server tool for building integrated graphical applications in the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) environment.

Through Relay/On-the-Go, Sterling customers now can get access to automatically updated Internet and intranet resources while only occasionally connected to corporate LANs or the World Wide Web. Relay/On-the-Go tracks selected Web pages, stores them on a server, and delivers them on demand to mobile or desktop clients, where the pages are cached for viewing at local disk speed.

Using STAR:View, Relay customers can add significant value to Relay Technology's Relay/Gold host emulation product set. Relay/Gold provides 3270 and 5250 host access across both new and legacy computing platforms and connectivity environments. With the addition of STAR:View, Relay customers can view mainframe data in a standard browser, because STAR:View translates 3270 data streams to Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) without any programming.

"The results of this partnership combine the value of the Internet with the convenience of the thin client desktop," said Ted Joseph, president and chief executive officer of Relay Technology. "For both Relay and Sterling customers, we are extending proven product sets to completely cover business information needs, from accessing legacy systems to delivering information through the most popular Web front ends."

"We partnered with Relay because our customers are looking for true enterprise-level Internet tools that will help them run their business," said Michael J. Ciocia, president of Sterling Software's Desktop Integration Division. "With Relay/On-the-Go and STAR:View, both of our customer bases will have access to their most critical corporate resources through their familiar browsers. And, gaining access to Relay's popular Relay/Gold host emulation technology means we'll deliver all platforms and connectivity types in a single offering with STAR:Flashpoint."


Relay/On-the-Go is Relay Technology's client/server-based Internet/intranet delivery solution. Relay/On-the-Go automatically tracks selected Web pages, stores them on a server, and delivers them on demand to "occasionally connected" mobile or desktop clients, where the pages are cached for viewing at local disk speed. Unlike push technologies, Relay/On-the-Go requires no programming to prepare content for transmission.

Relay/On-the-Go reduces TCP/IP traffic by 75% and remote access charges by at least 70%. The product is designed with a multi-user, scaleable architecture and built specifically for corporate workgroups.

Relay/Gold, which Sterling plans to embed in its STAR:Flashpoint product, is an integrated solution for corporate connectivity and communication. It offers multiple terminal emulation types (including 3270 and 5250), extensive connectivity options, and a complete range of communications between PCs and a wide variety of hosts.


STAR:View is an advanced information access product. By performing intelligent processing on the server, STAR:View eliminates the need for application distribution to the client. STAR:View provides easy end user access to mainframe applications from anywhere by allowing a 3270 data stream to be used from clients other than the traditional "dumb" terminal. The product translates 3270 data streams into HTML pages and then translates the HTML pages back into 3270 data streams to send information back to the mainframe. Unlike the traditional emulator, STAR:View requires no special cards, lengthy configuration, or additional software on the client machine. STAR:Flashpoint is a client/server integration tool for rapidly building integrated graphical applications in the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) environment. Users can quickly create graphical interfaces to host-based applications that are easier to use and require far less training for new users.


Based in Redwood Shores, California, Sterling Software's Desktop Integration Division ( provides products and services that enable its customers to quickly access and integrate mission-critical information through a better user interface. With the Desktop Integration Division's products, customers can improve their host access and enhance productivity for end users, while continuing to leverage their investment in legacy systems. The Desktop Integration Division has an installed base of over 1000 customer sites with approximately 150,000 end user installations worldwide.

Sterling Software is a leading worldwide provider of software products and services for applications management and systems management, as well as highly technical professional services for the federal government. The company is also an international distributor for certain Sterling Commerce, Inc. (NYSE:SE) products. Sterling Software, with its headquarters in Dallas, has a worldwide installed base of more than 20,000 customer sites and has 2,600 employees in 70 offices worldwide.

Relay Technology, Inc., founded in 1981 and headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, specializes in mobile intranet and PC-to-host communications products for Fortune 500 enterprises and the OEMs who serve them. Through OEM partnerships, VAR relationships, and direct sales to corporate accounts, Relay has more than four million product installations worldwide. Relay customers include Bank of America, Procter and Gamble, Prudential, British Airways, and Exxon.

Additional details about Relay Technology products, as well as information of interest to mobile computing professionals, are available through Relay's World Wide Web site at . Sterling Software's Desktop Integration Web site is at . A free demonstration of STAR:View is available at . -0-

Relay/Gold and Relay/On-the-Go are trademarks of Relay Technology, Inc. All other product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Relay Technology, Inc.

George Pappas, 703/506-0500
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