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June 4, 1987


By CBR Staff Writer

Banyan Systems Inc of Westboro, Massachusetts announced support for Centram’s TOPS networking product at Comdex in Atlanta this week. Banyan used the link from Centram at Comdex/Spring to demonstrate a connection between Apple Macintoshes and IBM Personalikes running on Banyan’s Vines virtual networking system. A personal computer running both TOPS and Banyan software can act a bridge between the two networks, giving both Macintoshes and IBM Personalikes transparent access to files stored on a Banyan file server. The bridge personal computer can also do local processing at the same time. When a Macintosh user sees the directories available on the Banyan server, they appear as familar Mac icons. Similarly, Mac files appear in MS-DOS format to a Personalike user. The Vines/TOPS link is done over AppleTalk or compatible network cabling. Priced at $149, TOPS for the Macintosh provides the network software on disk. TOPS for the Personalike, priced at $389, includes TOPS software plus an expansion card that links the computer to a nine-pin AppleTalk connector. Vines integrates various communications technologies, including local and wide-area networks, mini and mainframe links. Banyan also sells multi-function servers that run the Vines network operating system as well as providing internetwork support for different local nets. Vines prices start at $1,895.

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