Novell (UK) Ltd is set to release a streamlined family of networking products that it claims will bring a set of simpler and more effective solutions to the local area network marketplace. Although new configurations are not provided by the new NetWare SNA Gateway products, Novell is confident the line will help it to be seen as a connectivity rather than networking company, and allow it to demystify the IBM connectivity marketplace, by providing current capabilities within a far smaller number of products. Novell says its NetWare SNA Gateway products will provide users with significantly improved local net Gateway-to-IBM-3270 mainframe performance; the Provo, Utah-based company says the new line is compatible with the NetWare SPX communications protocol, and allows users flexibility to configure gateways according to their own needs. It allows up to 97 workstations on a local net to communicate with a host, using Token-Ring, remote and remote-assisted, co-ax-multiplexor and co ax networking. In addition to the core product, the line comprises NetWare SNA Gateway ELS – which is compatible with Advanced, SFT and ELS II NetWare, and provides the same features under remote and co-ax – and the NetWare 3270 LAN Workstation, which provides terminal emulation and communication with the host, via an SPX or NetBIOS connection. NetWare SNA Gateway is available in January for UKP2,600; the ELS subset is UKP500, while the workstation comes free with SFT NetWare 2.1 and separately for UKP900. Novell has also made an agreement with Orinda, California-based WordTech Systems Inc, which involves WordTech developing and marketing NetWare SQL-compatible versions of its dBXL database management system and Quicksilver language compiler, licensed from Quicksilver Software Inc.