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November 26, 1991


By CBR Staff Writer

Novell Inc, Orem, Utah says it has started shipping a new version of its NetWare implementation for IBM Corp’s Systems Application Architecture, a server-based product integrated with NetWare v3.11 for local net-to-IBM host communications (CI No 1,791). The product is available in three packages supporting 16, 64 or 254 host sessions. Customers requiring up to 508 concurrent host sessions can load two copies of the 254-session product. As a part of the new packaging, the company’s so-called Gold Resellers are going to be selling the 16-session version. In addition, Novell announced availability of NetWare 3270 Vector Graphics Option v2.0 and NetWare 3270 local networking Workstation for Macintosh v1.0. NetWare for SAA supports up to 508 concurrent host sessions and enables NetWare users to share data and applications seamlessly with IBM mainframes or AS/400 hosts. Implemented as a set of NetWare Loadable Modules, NetWare for SAA can be combined with file, print, database or other NetWare Modules on one server, or it can run on a dedicated communications server. The 1.1 release implements 3270, Advanced Peer-to-Peer Communications and LU6.2 protocols to IBM hosts for users of MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows and Apple Computer Inc Macintoshes through Token-Ring or Synchronous Data Link Control host connection options. With version 1.1, users can connect to up to two host computers, enabling configuration of redundant host connections or load balancing. It also includes an interface to IBM’s NetView network management system, enabling network supervisors to monitor the NetWare network through a centralised NetView console. Implemented as a NetView Entry Point, it generates alerts for errors detected by NetWare file and print services as well as for data link and protocol level errors detected on the host link. In addition, the product provides a status display with a menu-driven configuration utility and a trace facility for what Novell hopes will prove easy troubleshooting. The new NetWare 3270 local networking Workstation for Macintosh software, used with NetWare for SAA, supports up to 26 concurrent host display sessions per workstation and provides Macintosh-to-IBM host communications for Mac users on a NetWare network. The 3270 for Mac product is integrated with the Macintosh environment. The NetWare 3270 Vector Graphics Option, when used with the 3270 Workstation for MS-DOS, enables MS-DOS users on a local net to access IBM mainframe graphics applications. It supports full-screen Models 2, 3 and 4 on EGA or VGA colour displays. The 3270 Vector Graphics Option supports a maths co-processor. NetWare for SAA v1.0 customers are offered a free upgrade to version 1.1 (64 sessions). Customers that bought NetWare SNA Gateway v1.3 between May 1 1990 and June 1 1991 can upgrade to NetWare for SAA v1.1 (254 sessions) at $12,750 until December 31. NetWare for SAA v1.0 customers wanting to upgrade to NetWare for SAA (254 sessions) can buy the upgrade at $10,200 until December 31. All products are out now. NetWare for SAA (16 sessions) is $2,000; 64 sessions, $6,000; 254 sessions, $15,000; NetWare 3270 local networking Workstation for Macintosh (single user) $200; NetWare 3270 local networking Workstation for Macintosh (server-based licence) $5,000; NetWare 3270 Vector Graphics Option (server-based) $1,500.

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