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Apple Announces Third-Party Vendor Support For Apple Remote Access - 11/1993

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From: [email protected] (Mark Anbinder)
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Subject: 3d party ARA Support
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Date: 15 Nov 93 06:14:01 GMT
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Contacts: Emilio Robles, Apple Computer, Inc., 408-862-5671
	Sylvia France, Regis McKenna, Inc., 408-974-4129
  Apple Announces Third-Party Vendor Support For Apple Remote Access
			    Product Family

Developers Create Hardware and Software Solutions
LAS VEGAS, NV--November 15, 1993--The Apple Business Systems Division
of Apple Computer, Inc. today announced that more than 12 leading
third-party vendors will be shipping products built upon the Apple
Remote Access product family architecture.  The Apple Remote Access
product family architecture consists of the new AppleTalk Remote
Access Protocol (ARAP) 2.0 and Application Programming Interfaces
(APIs).   Third-party vendors utilizing the Apple Remote Access
product family architecture offer Apple Remote Access users a wide
variety of solutions, enhancements and options.

    The Apple Remote Access architecture empower third-party vendors to
create a variety of service solutions including: the building of
stand-alone remote access servers, security enhancements, and
reporting applications.
    "The Apple Remote Access architecture offer excellent opportunities

to third party and in-house developers to create complimentary
solutions that work in concert with the Apple Remote Access product
family," said Jim Groff, senior director for the Apple Business
Systems LAN Systems Group.

Apple Remote Access Portability

    Leading companies such as APT Communications, Inc.; Cayman Systems;
Cisco Systems, Inc.; Computer Methods Corporation; FCR  Software,
Inc.; Global Village Communication, Inc.; Pacer Software, Inc.; Shiva
Corporation; Telebit; Webster Computer Corporation; and Xylogics,
Inc. have announced independent products that support ARAP 2.0. These
companies are building server functionality into other devices such
as: dial-in communication equipment, routers, bridges, print and file
servers and other computer systems or stand alone products.

Integrated Security Solutions

    Key security vendors such as Digital Pathways, Inc.; MicroFrame,
Inc.; Open Computing Security Group (OCSG); and Security Dynamics,
Inc. have announced Apple Remote Access security products. These
security products augment the advanced security features already
found in the Apple Remote Access MultiPort Server and adhere to
recognized security standards such as Kerberos network access security,
Digital Encryption Standard (DES) password scrambling, and
other token and card-based systems. The security functionality is
added by the vendors through the Apple Remote Access security
architecture which includes a Client and Server Security Application
Programming Interface (API).
Reporting and Call Accounting

    Additional third-party opportunities are available through the Apple
Remote Access MultiPort Server logging system.  They can incorporate
the logging information into network management and resource
allocation solutions.  This information is readily available to any
solution since it is stored as tab-delimited text.  Examples of
accessible information include: date and time of connections,
disconnection, and connection-attempts events.  Other available
information includes user IDs, optional accounting and charge back
identification information.

Remote Access Client Interfaces

    Third-parties can also hook their applications directly into the
Apple Remote Access Client through the architecture's API for the
customization of commercial and in-house applications.   This allows
third-party applications to dial-out and make connections
transparently to remote networks without the users knowledge or
training of Apple Remote Access Client software.  Examples of
companies developing these kinds of products include Farallon
Computing, Inc. and No Hands Software.

Modem and Terminal Adapter Support

    While Apple has included automated modem scripts in it's new products
for most of the leading modem and ISDN terminal adapter companies, it
has also created the Apple Remote Modem Access Scripting Guide and
the Modem Workshop Software, which allows modem vendors, in-house
developers, and other technical users to write scripts for their
particular modems, terminal adapters or PBX systems.

Apple Remote Access Architecture Products and Availability

    The Apple Remote Access architecture consist of the enhanced
AppleTalk Remote Access Protocol (ARAP) 2.0 specification and
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). The ARAP 2.0 specification
provides the necessary interfaces for building compliant servers.
The APIs include the security and client application interfaces.

    The protocol specifications and APIs are available in the AppleTalk
Remote Access Protocol Developers Kit V.2.0.  The Modem Scripting
Guide and Modem Workshop software are available in the AppleTalk
Remote Access Modem Tool Kit V.2.0.  Each of these tool kits are
available for $50.00 (US) from APDA, Apple's source for developer
tools.  APDA can be contacted by calling 1-800-282-2732 (U.S.),
1-800-637-0029 (CANADA), or 716-871-6555 (INTERNATIONAL).