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March 9, 1987

IBM INTRODUCES A STRING OF MAINFRAME SOFTWARE PRODUCTS, ENHANCEMENTS

By CBR Staff Writer

A version of the Netview network management and control application headlined a whole string of disconnected announcements from IBM last week that the company decided weren’t worthy of mention to the press. The Netview for VM package provides the same logical data management, problem determination and node control facilities as the MVS version, and costs $940 a month or $705 a month on Distributed Systems Licence Option. It is also available on a one-time charge basis at $11,280 on low-end Group 10 9370s to $45,120 on the Group 40 3090s. Also in the VM environment, VM Pass Through Facility 3.0 supports 3270 Extended Data Streams and directly-connected remote 3270s and printers over bisync lines. It also offers improved user exits and user interfaces and costs $185 a month or a one-time $1,710 on Group 10 to $3,000 on Group 40 machines. Report Management and Distribution System 3.0, designed to promote a paperless operating environment under MVS enables operators to convert programs designed for producing printed output to distribute the output electronically by providing store, protect, view and print selections. It adds a native VTAM viewer as well as CICS, IMS and TSO viewers, and is intended to cut report turnround time and increase productivity. It includes native language support for Kanji and costs $5,720 and $943 a month from September. The company has come up with version of its Service Level Reporter, release 3.0, that exploits the 31-bit addressing of MVS/XA. The program is designed to enable managers to forecast system service levels and it costs $900 a month, available now. There is also a major new release, Operations Planning & Control/Advanced of the OPC v1 product that is designed to enable managers to plan and control production and plan and control resource requirements. Designed to be used on mainframes under MVS/370 and MVS/XA, it comes as three separate components, the Event Manager at $18,000 and $820 a month, the Production Control System at $50,000 and $2,270 a month, and the Network Event Communicator at $21,600 and $908 a month. Distributed Data Management 1.0 is a new program for the Personal, XT and AT when attached as a workstation to a System 36, 38, or 370 under CICS OS/VS. It enables Personal users to access files on the host at the record level, either relationally or random access on a variety of keys. It costs $395 and will be out in the third quarter.

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