Unisys May Finally Hack Into Ibm's Market

Linking Unix-based computers to IBM mainframes has long been a costly and complex headache for system managers. But because midsize computers using the Unix operating system are being used to run networks of PCs and workstations, a connection to the mainframe--and its data--makes sense. So, Unisys Corp. has come up with a hardware-software package that smoothes the connection of Unix machines to IBM's proprietary Systems Network Architecture (SNA) setups. The system, called Communications Access Processor (CAP), makes Unix look like just another mainframe to SNA machines, giving them full access to information stored on the real mainframe.

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