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TRANSARC TO OFFER DCE DEVELOPERS KIT; AVAILABLE FOR SUN SPARCSTATION AND IBM RISC SYSTEM/6000 WORKSTATIONS

 TRANSARC TO OFFER DCE DEVELOPERS KIT;


AVAILABLE FOR SUN SPARCSTATION AND IBM RISC SYSTEM/6000 WORKSTATIONS
 PITTSBURGH, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Transarc Corporation today announced a DCE Developers Kit running on Sun and IBM workstations, with first customer shipments to begin in March 1992.
 The DCE Developers Kit is targeted at all application developers who want to begin porting existing applications -- or developing new applications -- based on the Open Software Foundation's (OSF) Distributed Computing Environment (DCE). The DCE Developers Kit, based on DCE Release 1.0 from the OSF, will be available initially for Sun SPARCstations running Sun OS 4.1.2 (Solaris 1.0) and for IBM RISC System/6000s running AIX 3.2.
 "This is a very important step toward a comprehensive DCE strategy for end-users," commented Derek Brink, marketing executive for Transarc. "DCE must support the applications end-users need, and it must also be available on the dominant platforms in the installed base. Transarc's DCE Developers Kit is intended to help satisfy both of these requirements." For Sun customers, the DCE Developers Kit is the first tangible indication that they will be able to leverage their existing workstation investments in a DCE-based environment.
 "Combined with DCE developers kits soon to be available for other important platforms, application developers now have the freedom to work on the platform of their choice," said Jonathan Gossels, business area manager for the OSF. "Applications ported now to DCE will be able to take advantage of a large DCE market when major system vendors begin volume shipments of the DCE." Gartner Group Inc. predicts a major proliferation of client/server computing, with the DCE as the catalyst that provides a "vendor-neutral, comprehensive and 'industrial strength' package of licensable software."
 The DCE Developers Kit includes the "core" DCE components necessary for early application development: Remote Procedure Call (RPC); Threads; Cell Director Service (CDS); and Security services. Other standard DCE components which are less crucial to the initial porting and development of distributed applications, such as the Distributed File Service (DFS) and the Global Directory Service (GDS), are not included in the Developers Kit.
 The DCE Developers Kit is available as a bundled package, priced at U.S. $15,000. Licensees may operate one Name Server, one Security Server, and up to 10 DCE clients on either supported platform. Support is bundled for one year, and includes an update based on DCE 1.0.1, plus telephone support for troubleshooting and bug reporting. Documentation and training are also bundled, including two seats in a two-day application developers course delivered by Transarc. Additional Server licenses may be purchased for $2,000 each, and additional client licenses for $500 each. Additional training may also be purchased for $750 per seat. Transarc is currently accepting orders for the DCE Developers Kit.
 Early licenses of the DCE Developers Kit will include companies developing applications using Encina(TM), Transarc's DCE-based family of online transaction processing (OLTP) products. Using the DCE as its foundation, the Encina Toolkit extends the DCE to support the tranaction model. All other Encina products, including the Encina Monitor and the Encina Structured File Server, use the Encina Toolkit as their foundation and provide additional functionality required for OLTP. "Participants in Transarc's Early Availability Software (TEAS) program -- a distribution program for early access to Encina products -- rely heavily on both Sun SPARCstations and IBM RS/6000s as development platforms," according to John Schiller, strategic marketing manager for Encina. "Providing the DCE Developers Kit on both of these platforms enables us to meet the needs of our customers in a timely way." First product ship for Encina is scheduled for the first quarter of 1992.
 With this announcement, Transarc continues its role as a leader in DCE technology. Transarc was a member of the original "DEcorum" partnership that proposed what was to become the fundamental DCE architecture. As a technology supplier to the OSF, Transarc provides the key data management components of the DCE: the Distributed File Service (DCE-DFS), and the Local File System (DCE-LFS), a log-based physical file system for fast server restart.
 Transarc Corporation is a developer of open distributed systems software, employing over 100 employees in its Pittsburgh headquarters. The company's products focus on two main areas of distributed computing -- file systems and transaction processing. Transarc's first major file systems product, AFS(R) 3, is currently licensed by more than 200 sites in 15 countries worldwide. Early licensees of Transarc's Encina product include Charles Schwab and Citibank. Transarc continues to invest in the development of software products which will expand the functionality of the DCE.
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