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November 18, 1993


By CBR Staff Writer

No firm has made IBM Corp’s life more of a misery in the mainframe world than Hewlett-Packard Co, which has assiduously targeted unhappy mainframe users with its high-end HP 9000 Unix servers, and it has added yet another weapon to its armoury. It has done a deal with Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Brixton Systems Inc for its BrxPU5 virtual mainframe gateway, claiming that it enables users of HP Apollo 9000 Series 700 workstations and HP 9000 Series 800 Business Servers to to create virtual SNA mainframes out of their machines while continuing to use their existing base of SNA devices. The partners claim that with Brixton’s software, 3270 terminal users on SNA networks can now take advantage of many client-server applications running on the HP 9000 servers. Brixton offerings adopted by Hewlett also include 3270 and 5250 emulation packages for connecting Hewlett-Packard workstations to IBM mainframes and AS/400s, and the BrxOpenView application for co-management of IBM’s NetView and Hewlett-Packard’s OpenView.

Meantime, recognising the irreversible invasion of its base by Hewlett-Packard machines, IBM’s Business Recovery Services is teaming with Hewlett-Packard to offer joint disaster recovery services at mixed sites with 3090s and HP 9000s or HP 3000s.

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