Publisher Arnoldo Mondadori – Mondadori’s Company Archive
Magazine…. Pc Week
Publication Date…. 06/30/1988
Publication Number ….0024
Page Number ….0001
Section ….NEWS
Summary…. Fourteen new products well presented for Lan, terminal and departmental networks
Author ….Roberto Mazzoni
Topics …. Industry Computer
Type…. News
Creation Date…. 11/14/1988


New products for local area networks

Main Article Text

IMAG0240 Wang strengthens its presence in the local and wider geographical network markets with fourteen new products. Some of these have been developed in Wang laboratories, since the beginning of the year, others are the result of an endorsed marketing agreement and collaborative effort with a company called Banyan Systems,. Therefore, changes in marketing strategy are being spelled out, dividing the offerings into three categories : local area networks based on 80286 386 server and Banyan Systems Vines software ; networks and departmental standard Ethernet or WangNet (broadband) governed by a mini Vs in the role of a disk server and printer : networks of WangNet terminals with traditional accessibility to X.400 and X.25. Today’s new products cover different aspects of the three areas that we have just outlined. Regarding the world of local networks of personal computers, Wang married itself to the Banyan Systems technology, adopting the Vines operating system software as the foundation on which to build Ethernet and Tokenring networks for its users. Vines is a product already known in Italy thanks to Dataconsyst distribution and it’s imminent announcement choosing Wang (State Road Padana Superiore, 20090 Vimodrone – I – tel. 02 2504021) This choice has raised some concerns in recent weeks, about the relationships that would be created between the two companies. However Caesar Fiorillo, marketing director of Italian Wang, clarified, during the official presentation of the new products, that the companies have reached an agreement on trade policy which will be followed in future. Vines is,an evolution of the Unix operating system which has been particularly established in the U.S. market, whose departmental network manager is competing with Novell’s NetWare and the Ms -Net family. The particular qualities of the intermediate market, is where Wang wants to show that it can adapt to the new needs of users, who are searching in their personal local area network connected to the mini, by finding a way to serve specialized working groups or specialized work islands. Instead their openness to the standards of the Open system interconnect (Osi) is strategic and in particular providing the module that allows X.400 to insertWangOffice applications within networks switching packets (X.25). In this sense, Wang Italy has already implemented an experimental application at Finmeccanica connecting WangOffice, by means of the Itapac network, to the Postel system operating on a Vax.

Roberto Mazzoni