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SIMPACT ANNOUNCES JOINT MARKETING EFFORT WITH SUN TO PROVIDE CRITICAL CONNECTIVITY FOR TELEPHONE COMPANIES

Simpact to Port BX.25 Communications Protocol to Sun Solaris(R) O/S
 SAN DIEGO, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Simpact Associates, a leading developer of WAN-to-LAN connectivity products, today announced a contract with Sun Microsystems Computer Corp. to port the popular BX.25 protocol to the Solaris(R) operating system. This contract makes Simpact the first and only company to provide a BX.25 solution for SPARC(R) Solaris-based workstations and servers.
 BX.25 is a protocol developed by AT&T as a simple method for passing transactions quickly across support networks. Network management, monitoring, billing and many other mission-critical functions are supported by these systems.
 "Historically, BX.25 has been a popular protocol used by telecommunications carriers for transaction processing in their operational support systems," says Victor Forgetta, vice president of marketing for Simpact. "We're pleased to have been chosen by Sun to provide the link between Solaris and BX.25."
 Simpact's new BX.25 product is being delivered on an SBus card (the Simpact ICP3320) which provides a powerful backplane solution for SPARCstation communications. This allows that workstation to be configured as a communications server, with BX.25 running right alongside X.25, BSC and other specialized protocols -- all on a single Solaris-based system.
 As a layered extension to X.25, BX.25 provides both DTE-to-DTE and DTE-to-DCE connections, and can be used in a variety of configurations. These include connections between a DTE and a packet-switching networks or between two DTEs without an intervening network. BX.25 Level 4, session layer, and application interface libraries are implemented using the STREAMS environment. Simpact also provides an easy-to-use API that is compatible with AT&T's X.25 network interface.
 "Simpact has always been committed to supporting the needs of the telecom industry," says Doug Ehrenreich, marketing manager -- Telecommunications for Sun Microsystems. "They had already developed a BX.25 solution for SunOS, and they were the logical choice to port the protocol to Solaris. We think Sun customers will really appreciate the expertise that's built into this product."
 According to Mike Ulrich, vice president of business development for Simpact, there is a large demand in the telecom industry for a merging of Solaris and BX.25. "BX.25, because of its wide range of capabilities, has become the most commonly used protocol in the world for telecom networks. By porting it onto an SBus card, it is easier than ever for telco's to migrate to Solaris, with the confidence that their connectivity needs will be fully met," says Ulrich.
 Simpact's BX.25 ICP3320 board will be available after Dec. 15th, and will be sold by Simpact through its direct sales force in the United States and Canada, and through Sun VARs and OEMs.
 Headquartered in San Diego, Simpact Associates is a privately held, employee-owned corporation that has been providing connectivity products around the world since 1972. Simpact customers include major multinational corporations, financial institutions, utilities and government agencies. For more information on Simpact and its complete catalog of hardware and software connectivity solutions, call 800-746-7228.
 Solaris is a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems Inc. SPARC is a registered trademark of SPARC International Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
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