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IBM has announced that version 2.0 of its eNetwork* Host
On-Demand* software is now shipping, extending the reach of
enterprise data to customers whenever they need it, wherever
they need it. IBM eNetwork Host On-Demand is a fast and
easy-to-use Java**-based solution that gives users secure
browser-based access to a broad range of enterprise
information on multiple hosts through several servers at one
time. With Host On-Demand, customers can use their web
browsers to take better advantage of corporate information
and unlock the value of the Internet. This is another in a
series of steps IBM has taken to link the best of
traditional IT with the best of the Internet to realize the
benefits of e-business. Since Host On-Demand is a Java
applet, each user automatically downloads the same, latest
version of software each time they use it, reducing service
and system administration costs. Plus, users are assured a
consistent look and feel which reduces training costs when
they change operating systems. Host On-Demand is ideal for
customers who use a web browser and perfect for use with
network computers. A powerful feature in version 2.0, the
IBM eNetwork Host On-Demand Host Access Class Library is an
API that allows customizable user interfaces for more
sophisticated access to applications and data tailored to
the user's business needs.





















"The new Host Access API in Host On-Demand is amazingly
simple to use for ustomized access to host data," said James
Shapiro, executive director for advanced Transition
Technologies, Inc., makers of a Java applet that provides a
graphical user interface for host applications and an
eNetwork Partner in Development for Host On-Demand. "Within
a week of receiving the beta copy of Host On-Demand version
2.0, we had our ResQ!Net**** product working with this
interface."

"We are excited about IBM's eNetwork Host On-Demand version
2.0 because it promises our customers integrated Web-based
access to our software tools on 3270, 5250 and VT accessible
platforms," said Brian Roberts, manager of product planning,
file and data management, at Compuware Corporation. "Product
integration is one of our strategies here at Compuware and
Host On-Demand will further simplify our customer's
environment and provide a cohesive method of accessing
Compuware products." Unlike competitive offerings for
web-enabled access to host data, Host On-Demand Version 2.0
can communicate with any standard Telnet server over an IP
connection. Additionally, the applet launches its own
window, leaving the browser free to access other web-based
data and tasks. Customers will appreciate the common look
and feel between Host On-Demand and IBM Personal
Communications, the market leading host access software
solution which provides the industry's richest set of
emulation and communications functions for clients on the
enterprise network. Pricing and Availability

The Host On-Demand Version 2.0 software product began
shipping on September 26, 1997 directly from IBM and through
authorized business partners. The suggested retail price for
Host On-Demand version 2.0 is $199 (US) per concurrent user.
It can be loaded on any of IBM's eNetwork Communications
Servers*, or on NetWare for SAA*** software from IBM and
Novell***, or other web server platforms.





Host On-Demand is part of IBM's eNetwork Software family of
networking communications products that provide
enterprise-class universal connectivity and information
access for cost-effective network computing. More
information on IBM eNetwork Host On-Demand is available at
http://www.networking.ibm.com/eNetwork/OnDemand/hod.html.
Advanced Transition Technologies, Inc., based in New York
City, develops and markets ResQ!Net, a truly thin Java
applet that provides an out of the box graphical user
interface for host applications. More information and a demo
of ResQ!Net is available at http://www.att-inc.com.
Compuware Corporation is a leading worldwide provider of
software products and professional services that help
Information Technology professionals efficiently develop,
implement and support the applications that run their
businesses. More information about Compuware and its
products is available at http://www.compuware.com. IBM, the
world's largest software provider, creates, develops and
manufactures some of the industry's most advanced
information technologies, including computer systems,
software, networking systems, storage devices and
microelectronics. IBM offers information about the company,
its products, services and technology through the World Wide
Web. The fastest, and easiest way to get information about
IBM software is to go to the IBM Software home page at
http://www.software.ibm.com. * indicates trademark or
registered trademark of International Business Machines
Corporation. ** indicates a trademark or registered
trademark of Sun Microsystems, Incorporated. ***
indicates a trademark or registered trademark of Novell.
**** indicates trademark or registered trademark of the
respective company. Note to Editor:

See following page for details on new features in Host
On-Demand version 2.0.









New Features in IBM eNetwork Host On-Demand Version 2.0
Security of enterprise data is provided across the Internet
by using server authentication with industry-standard SSL
Version 3.0 servers. Mobile users can have access to key
intranet data and applications from anywhere they have
Internet access. A redirector function ensures that once the
secure SSL connection is established with the server, users
can establish multiple sessions with any of the hosts in
the intranet. Expansive range of TelNet server support that
now includes TN5250 emulation to reach AS/400 hosts and
VT100 and VT220 to reach many ASCII hosts, in addition to
existing TN3270 support. Support for the CICS Internet
Gateway* for Java is also included. This wide range of
support ensures a consistent user interface to key intranet
data and applications. Web-based server configuration and
administration allows for easier system administration.
File transfer support enables transfer of files between the
host session and the user's system with a simple Java-based
GUI. Print support lets customers print host screens to a
local printer of their choice. Copy and paste features
provide a simple method of transferring data to and from
desktop applications or the Web. Support for a new
Java-based programming API. The IBM eNetwork Host On-Demand
Host Access Class Library API enables the development of
customized applications that combine Host On-Demand's
communications capabilities with customized user or desktop
application interfaces. This enables tailoring access to
applications and data that is suited to users' business
needs.













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