NOVATO, Calif., May 3, 1993 - Diversified Data Resources' ACE Enterprise Automation System now offers full support for IBM's OS/2 and Microsoft Windows NT, taking advantage of the multitasking and high performance file system features inherent in each, it was announced here by George Faucher, vice president of Diversified Data Resources.

"With the robust, 32-bit architecture of OS/2 and NT, we're arming ACE with the ability to implement advanced multi-media applications," said Faucher. "Both products have superior Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs) to enhance user productivity, and also provide seamless integration to LAN/WANs using TCP/IP or IPX, in addition to providing support for APPC/LU6.2 applications," he said.

Faucher said the ACE system now implements all standard software components such as Windows, DesqView, OS/2 and Windows/NT, all of which can communicate with each other over a LAN. ACE supports all applicable IBM operating systems, including TPF, MVS and VM, in addition to offering NetView support. ACE also allows complete inter-system communications between unlike operating systems. ACE uses a channel-attached protocol converter called HYDRA from JDS Microprocessing for 3215 emulation and uses IBM's 3174 cluster controller for 3270 support.

ACE is the only true automated console management system giving TPF users seamless inter-system communication to the MVS and VM operating systems (including NetView support) with one console interface to multiple hosts according to Faucher. ACE software runs on any IBM or plug-compatible 386/486 or PS/2 computer.

ACE provides complete support for NetBIOS in its token-ring or Ethernet LAN version, which supports both input and output from any workstation. System security is handled via encryption; any commands can be inhibited. Users have complete multi-host dial-up support with full security.

Among the customer services DDR can provide are 3215 to 3270 conversion at any installation and training in advanced automated operations, including classes in the high-level XPROC procedural language developed by DDR as the automation portion of ACE. XPROC provides unprecedented control over the TPF environment, which previously had lacked the automated operations tools available with other operating systems.

ACE combines console management and true unattended automated operations management in one product, along with expert system capabilities, providing users with a single interface across TPF, MVS and VM. Users can set parameters to give them a VM/MVS upload of log files.

"When a TPF operating system requires a number of tapes to be allocated from MVS, that request can be made to ACE, which is connected to both TPF and MVS," said Faucher. "ACE will request the tapes from MVS and allocate them back to TPF; with ACE, users get a complete communications link between like and unlike operating systems."

Users also gain several advantages because ACE runs on PS/2 computers or 386/486 PCs. No special boards, cables, controllers communication software or microcode need be purchased or changed when software is upgraded. This eliminates dependence of proprietary hardware and microcode, as well as associated maintenance costs for such equipment.

ACE brings true "lights out" automated operations to console management. Previous generation systems required operators to be present at all times. But with ACE, Faucher said, users can program and implement expert system rules in the ACE data base; consequently, the need for operator intervention is reduced significantly.

Faucher said ACE eliminates system downtime because users can program it in advance on how to react to various situations. Programs are written in a high-level Expert System Procedural language (XPROC), which uses powerful ACE data base capabilities. ACE also offers full support for REXX or any "C" program. Users can access ACE via remote PCs on a LAN or dial-up from home, with complete support for system level security. TPF has heretofore lacked the automation development tools available for MVS and VM.

Moreover, ACE features a built-in voice synthesizer that reduces systems failures by automating, and verbalizing, message response and notification.

Among the key benefits users derive from ACE are these:

* integrated automation
* inter-system communications for MVS, VM, TPF and NetView
* dynamic user exit linking REXX and other "C" language programs
* unlimited high-speed concurrent procedures
* high-speed database
* LAN support
* remote dial-up
* interface to tape manager
* interface to tape robot
* interface to data switch
* MVS, VM upload
* service processor support/local and remote
* full security

Privately owned, Diversified Data Resources, Inc. has provided console management systems for the ACP/TPF industry for more than ten years. The firm is headquartered in Novato, California and was founded in 1981.

For further information, contact:
George Faucher, vice-president
Diversified Data Resources, Inc.
7200 Redwood Blvd., Suite 222
Novato, Calif. 94945-3257
PH: (415) 898-8282 ext. 221
FAX: (415) 898-7331