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WLFS/VM ENHANCES MAINFRAME'S ROLE AS FILE SERVER, SETS THE STAGE FOR DISTRIBUTED MULTIMEDIA APPLICATIONS

 WLFS/VM ENHANCES MAINFRAME'S ROLE AS FILE SERVER,
 SETS THE STAGE FOR DISTRIBUTED MULTIMEDIA APPLICATIONS
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM Corporation (NYSE: IBM) today announced a new version of Workstation LAN File Services/VM(Note A) (WLFS/VM(A)), a high-performance software product that enables mainframe computers to act as super-fast, large-scale file servers for users in geographically dispersed areas.
 WLFS/VM 1.1 delivers new capabilities to workstations linked together in local area networks (LANs) by allowing them to share the resources of IBM's family of powerful Enterprise System/9000(A) (ES/9000(A)) processors.
 This function is achieved because WLFS/VM establishes a common file repository on ES/9000 processors for storing information that can be seamlessly shared by all users in a distributed network. The new version has been designed to extend file service support to storage- intensive applications, overcoming the heavy demand that emerging applications like multimedia place on OS/2(A) LAN Servers.
 WLFS/VM 1.1 supports LAN workstations connected to the mainframe by OS/2 LAN Server, UNIX(Note B) Network File System (NFS(B)), and workstations directly attached to the mainframe via controllers. Also supported are wide area networks linked to the mainframe via high-speed telephone lines (T1 or T3 lines).
 File serving computing makes it possible for desktop users to get information they need and share it with other users in the LAN, including those who have different kinds of computers. Now, with the enhanced WLFS/VM, a company-wide LAN becomes a sort of high-speed superhighway, capable of delivering enormous quantities of data to every corner of the enterprise.
 "WLFS/VM hastens the emerging role of the mainframe as the hub of a multi-vendor, heterogeneous enterprise," said Joe Kirschner, manager of IBM data systems software marketing, IBM US. "By exploiting the resources and services of the mainframe, new distributed applications are possible."
 For instance, WLFS/VM 1.1 allows users to overcome the storage- capacity limitations of workstation-based LAN servers, making possible the implementation of such storage-intensive applications as enterprise- wide multimedia. That's because WLFS/VM delivers access to the high- capacity magnetic storage technology provided on the ES/9000.
 By linking with the mainframe, users no longer need to have massive amounts of storage on each LAN-based server. Using an IBM OS/2 LAN Server and existing communications facilities to link the LAN and the mainframe, WLFS/VM handles the high speeds required to deliver full- motion video -- a key component of multimedia -- across an enterprise. It allows for hundreds of OS/2 LAN server clients to have concurrent access to thousands of hours of digitized, full-motion video. Other features include improved caching for the OS/2 LAN Server client and large data buffers.
 A key advantage for customers is the ability to leverage an existing ES/9000 investment by making the system's high bandwidth communications and storage resources readily available to workstation users. The ES/9000 models offer compatible and scalable growth for large server requirements across a broad performance range.
 "What's more, function in place today to automate the management of data for mainframe applications is extended to the LAN, holding down the cost of day-to-day operations," said Mr. Kirschner. "In fact, for many customers, the re-use of ES/9000 technology will be substantially less expensive than implementing a unique external solution."
 Other features of WLFS/VM Version 1.1 include:
 -- Systems Management: The ability of customers to track the number of servers using WLFS/VM has been enhanced with the addition of Software License Monitor, which provides an automated way to monitor usage. It is based on a "soft-passive" approach to license management, balancing the need for a customer-defined usage threshold with the need for automated enrollment.
 -- Interoperability: WLFS/VM supports a wide range of industry standard protocols, including Systems Network Architecture, Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol with UNIX Network File System clients, and a high-bandwidth direct channel connection using the IBM Micro Channel(A)-to-Mainframe Connection feature on the PS/2(A).
 "Our multimedia strategy has a fundamental underpinning that says customers must be able to implement major systems by building on their existing investments," said Michael A. Braun, assistant general manager, IBM Multimedia. "This new version of WLFS/VM is a key element of this strategy."
 WLFS/VM will be displayed Nov. 16-20 in Las Vegas at COMDEX, in Booth B112 at Bally's, as part of IBM's multimedia display.
 WLFS/VM Version 1.1 will become generally available next March. License fees for the new product are based on the number of LAN servers connected to the mainframe.
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 (B) -- The following are trademarks or registered trademarks of the indicated companies: UNIX Network File System (SUN Microsystems Inc.); UNIX (UNIX System Laboratories, Inc.)
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