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Avalan Technology acquired by Computer Associates

NOV 20, 1997, M2 Communications - Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA) today announced that it has purchased all of the assets of privately-held Avalan Technology, Inc., developer of the Remotely Possible/32 family of remote control software for Windows NT, Windows 95, and Windows 3.x. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Avalan technology expands CA's extensive portfolio of management options that leverage the Internet and strengthens the company's position as a leading provider of secure, high-speed mobile computing solutions. CA will remote control-enable its entire line of client/server software, including ARCserve and InocuLAN, and will offer remote control options for Unicenter TNG and Paradigm Service Desk.

"The acquisition of Avalan marks another step forward in CA's commitment to lowering the total cost of ownership across the distributed enterprise," said Jeff Finkle, CA vice president. "By incorporating Avalan technology into the CA product family, our clients-as well as our own technical support specialists-can greatly increase the responsiveness of supporting remote users while lowering overall costs."

The Avalan technology provides full remote control capabilities of any PC or NT server via network access, dial-up or via the Internet. Network managers can access both PCs and servers running on Windows 95 or NT for remote desktop support, server administration and end-user training.

"This acquisition is a great addition for Unicenter TNG and for ARCserve," said Paul Mason, vice president, infrastructure software research at International Data Corp. "Remotely Possible will provide excellent remote control facilities that will enable IT departments to more efficiently apply their human resources to whatever tasks they have at hand, without being limited by distance or connectivity."

All Avalan associates have been welcomed into the CA family, and the company's operations will remain in Massachusetts.

"With CA's backing, we will be able to continue offering customers the most advanced remote management software there is," said former Avalan president Anthony Amundson, who has joined CA as vice president of development and site manager. "Our combined products and technologies will be extended to a broader range of clients around the world, and the synergies between the product lines will bring tremendous benefits to clients."

About Remotely Possible

Remotely Possible increases the productivity of network administrators and help desk professionals, as well as the users they support. Providing the ability to fully control a network server remotely, Remotely Possible enables administrators to save critical time by installing new software, viewing performance monitors, rebooting systems, and editing registries from off-site desktops. The software also makes it easier to manage remote Windows clients and solutions, and train and support remote users.

Remotely Possible's "one-to-many" architecture allows operators to monitor multiple PCs for quality assurance. Its "many-to-one" functionality enables an administrator's system to be viewed by multiple operators simultaneously.

Help desk professionals can support off-site PC clients by trouble-shooting and training users remotely - taking control of their keyboards and sharing their screens as required. In addition, one or more PC users can view a common host PC for the purpose of group viewing and instruction. As a transport-independent solution, Remotely Possible operates over TCP/IP, IPX, NetBIOS and direct modem dial, providing full functionality across LANS, WANs, modems and the Internet.

Remotely Possible has continually earned high marks from leading IT trade publications. Most recently, it was awarded the "Best of LAN Times" in a head-to-head product comparison of remote control software.

About Avalan

Founded in 1989, Avalan has consistently led the industry with significant innovations, including the first 32-bit remote control package for Windows 95 and Windows NT, and the first remote control software solution for Windows NT on the Digital Alpha platform. The Holliston, Mass.-based company was also the first company to provide remote control IT solutions with Internet capabilities.

Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE: CA), with headquarters in Islandia, N.Y., is the world leader in mission-critical business software. The company develops, licenses and supports more than 500 integrated products that include enterprise computing and information management, application development, manufacturing and financial applications. CA has over 10,000 people in 160 offices in 40 countries and had revenue of $4 billion in fiscal year 1997. CA can be reached by visiting http://www.cai.com on the World Wide Web, emailing infocai.com.

NOV 20, 1997, M2 Communications - Extending the reach of Unicenter TNG to manage "everything from anywhere" by providing centralized control of remote resources, Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA) today announced the Unicenter TNG Remote Control Option.

The new software is based on the Remotely Possible/32 family of products from Avalan Technology, Inc., whose assets have been purchased by CA.

The Unicenter TNG Remote Control Option reduces the time and cost for problem resolution on remote systems. It provides comprehensive, high performance control capability for clients and servers in any location. This increases service levels and reduces staffing needed for remote systems.

"Until today, remote management of desktop IT assets occurred in isolation from the rest of an organization's management environment," said Jeff Finkle, CA vice president. "Now our clients can add powerful remote management capabilities to Unicenter TNG's stable of end-to-end enterprise management solutions to drive down the painful cost of ownership of remotely-managed systems."

The Unicenter TNG Remote Control Option's "one-to-many" architecture allows operators to monitor multiple PCs for quality assurance. Its "many-to-one" functionality enables an administrator's system to be viewed by multiple operators simultaneously.

The Remote Control Option is tightly integrated with Unicenter TNG and its options. Benefits of integration include:

Help Desk -- allows help desk administrators to conveniently resolve users' technical problems remotely, thereby avoiding travel costs.

Software Delivery -- empowers administrators to manually inspect a local hard disk to directly locate a problem, in the event of software delivery failure.

Asset Management -- allows managers to effectively remove unauthorized software installations detected by Unicenter TNG's Asset Management Option.

Remote Console Management -- allows authorized administrators to take control of Unicenter TNG consoles from remote machines, extending Unicenter TNG's "manage from anywhere" capabilities.

Data Transport -- allows companies transporting data from off-site locations during off hours to configure settings and correct problems, saving time and money.

The Unicenter TNG Remote Control Option provides the ability to fully control a network server remotely, enabling administrators to change configurations, view performance monitors, reboot systems, and edit registries off-site. Help desk professionals can efficiently support PC clients by trouble-shooting and performing other manual intervention remotely.

"We've been using Avalan's Remotely Possible for the last year and it is easily the best product out there. The combination of CA and Avalan is a good move that will greatly benefit both companies," said Mike Pearson, director of systems and technology, Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

As a transport independent solution, the Unicenter TNG Remote Control Option operates over TCP/IP, IPX, NetBIOS and direct modem dial, providing full functionality across LANS, WANs, modems and the Internet. Platforms supported include Windows NT (Intel and Alpha), Windows 95, Windows 3.1 and DOS.

Unicenter TNG is an integrated enterprise management solution that enables organizations to manage all IT resources, encompassing heterogeneous networks, systems, applications, and databases. It provides comprehensive end-to-end enterprise management for TCP/IP, SNA, IPX/SPX and DECnet networks, and 40 platforms including desktops, Windows NT, UNIX, AS/400, NetWare and mainframe environments.

Unicenter TNG is the only fully integrated management solution covering network discovery, topology, performance, events and status, security, software distribution, storage, workload, help desk, change management and other functions for traditional and distributed computing environments, as well as for the Internet and intranets. Unicenter TNG's intelligent manager/agent technology delivers highly scalable management of the entire computing environment, including hardware and software.

Computer Associates International, Inc. (NYSE: CA), with headquarters in Islandia, N.Y., is the world leader in mission-critical business software. The company develops, licenses and supports more than 500 integrated products that include enterprise computing and information management, application development, manufacturing and financial applications. CA has over 10,000 people in 160 offices in 40 countries and had revenue of $4 billion in fiscal year 1997. CA can be reached by visiting http://www.cai.com on the World Wide Web, emailing info@cai.com.