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June 19, 1990


By CBR Staff Writer

IBM yesterday took a further step in its surrender to the vast army of European users that refuses to implement networks that do not conform to the Open Systems Interconnnection model, with a Position Statement promising an OSI/Communications Subsystem within Systems Application Architecture Common Communications Support; OSI/File Services implementing FTAM in SAA; and inclusion of X400 in the SAA definition. Its OfficeVision/VM and OfficeVision/MVS will support OSI Message Handling System and SNA will be integrated with Open Systems Interconnection. IBM also made a Statement of Direction saying it intended to offer Fibre Distributed Data Interface local area network products that conform to the current and emerging ISO 9314 standards, offer high-performance FDDI workstation and host attachment; and interconnections between FDDI, IBM Token Ring, and Ethernet, provide network management for FDDI and offer an FDDI backbone extension that incorporates single-mode optical fibre and laser technologies. And it updated its direction for the tools that enable Systems Application Architecture Common User Access, saying that it would provide, exclusively under OS/2, the two elements of the Common Programming Interface that enable CUA, namely the Presentation Interface and the Dialog Interface.

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