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December 2, 1987


By CBR Staff Writer

Excelan Inc’s strategy to enter the desktop market using its networking expertise has yielded LAN WorkPlace, a software and hardware package which allows Unix, Xenix or PC-DOS-based micros to communicate with dissimilar computers using TCP/IP protocols. LAN WorkPlace for PC-Unix enables Intel 80386-based micros running Unix System V.3 to be linked on TCP/IP networks. The Xenix version provides the same facility to users of Xenix System V on 80386 machines to communicate with dissimilar computers across a TCP/IP-based Ethernetwork and also supports the Santa Cruz Operation Inc’s Xenix-NET packaged version of MS-Net for Xenix systems, and the latest release of SCO Xenix System V, Release 2.2. LAN WorkPlace for PC-DOS is unbundled as well as adding new capabilities to its existing offerings. Users can pick different components of product that will enable them to access to servers running Novell’s Advanced NetWare 286 operating system and systems running Microsoft Networks protocols including Xenix, Unix and VAX/VMS hosts. Concurrently, users can gain access to files and applications resident on a full range of dissimilar host computers such as DEC VAX computers through terminal emulation, file transfer and remote utilities. With the PC-DOS LAN WorkPlace, a user can simultaneously be using a database system on a Digital VAX, be tied into the corporate mail system, and be using PC-DOS applications in the workgroup. All packages still require an EXOS 205T or 205E intelligent Ethernet controller board as well as the TCP/IP Transport System and Network Utilities. Options include: LAN WorkPlace HostAccess; LAN WorkPlace HostShare; LAN WorkPlace Driver for Advanced NetWare; LAN WorkPlace NetBIOS; and LAN WorkPlace Socket Library. The components of the LAN WorkPlace for PC-DOS will be available in December in a variety of configurations. The components include the 205T and 205E intelligent Ethernet controller boards for $795 and $695, respectively; TCP/IP Transport System and Network Utilities for $100; Driver for Advanced NetWare for $25; Socket Library for $250; NetBIOS for $50; HostAccess for $150 and HostShare for $100. LAN WorkPlace for Xenix 386 will be available in January 1988 for $695. A networking package that includes the new software with Excelan’s intelligent controller board is $1,395. The LAN WorkPlace for Xenix 286 is out now at $595 as is LAN WorkPlace for PC-Unix, at $695. A networking package that includes the new software with Excelan’s EX0S 205T intelligent controller board for MS-DOS micros is out now at $1,395.

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