For Immediate Release

DIGITAL is Core Technology Partner with MecklerWeb

Alpha AXP System to be Server for New Commercial Internet Service

INTERNET WORLD, SAN JOSE, Calif., June 1, 1994 -- Digital Equipment Corporation announced today that it is a core technology partner with MecklerWeb, providing an Alpha AXP server and systems integration resources for launching the new commercial Internet service.

"Digital is proud to be a core technology partner with MecklerWeb, providing the Alpha AXP system that will be the compute server for this new venture. This initiative reinforces Alpha AXP systems as the best choice for Web servers and Digital's expertise in helping customers to make effective use of the Internet through systems integration," said Gail Grant, manager, Digital's Alpha AXP Internet Program.

Initially, the MecklerWeb server will be based in Digital's Palo Alto, California, network operations center. Customers can access a demonstration of MecklerWeb by opening

MecklerWeb is an Internet-based corporate communication and marketing system serving the needs of business and commerce worldwide. Using widely available open systems, such as the World Wide Web (WWW) and Wide Area Information Services (WAIS), MecklerWeb will constitute a single point of first recourse for tens of millions of Internet users who would otherwidse be unable to locate appropriate business and professional information resources.

"Digital has an enormous focus on the Internet -- not only in hardware, but also in services," said Christopher Locke, general manager of Mecklermedia Corporation's Internet Group. "Digital will provide MecklerWeb with an Alpha AXP system and disk capacity sufficient to handle the many hundred thousand transactions per day we expect on MecklerWeb. Digital also is providing systems integration expertise to help launch our initiative."

Digital has been a long-time supporter of the Internet; for example, providing systems that act as relay points for newsgroup communications, and developing public domain software like FTPmail, which enables users with limited electronic mail capabilities to access remote files. Digital is also a sponsoring member of the non-profit CommerceNet consortium, which is building an open, Internet-based public information network that features services and applications that meet the reliability, security, and access needs of commercial organizations.

The one-year-old Alpha AXP Internet program enables Internet users to test drive Alpha AXP systems for free, evaluating the Alpha AXP architecture using their own applications. Users can select systems running either the DEC OSF/1 or OpenVMS operating systems, and configurations range from workstations to servers. To access these systems, customers should telnet to the desired system and log in as axpguest (no password) and fill out a short questionnaire. Systems currently available include:

Digital Equipment Corporation is the world's leader in open client/server solutions from personal computing to integrated worldwide information systems. Digital's scalable Alpha AXP platforms, storage, networking, software and services, together with industry-focused solutions from business partners, help organizations compete and win in today's global marketplace.

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