At the March 13th SNA Server conference, Microsoft announced the next release of SNA Server. Release 2.11 is expected to ship this summer. It's more an evolutionary than a revolutionary step. To the feature set that's already provided, SNA Server release 2.11 adds:
- Support for Windows NT 3.51 (and the PowerPC): Keeps SNA Server current with the latest NT Server network operating system and adds support for the new PowerPC systems.
- Support for a twinaxial connection to the AS/400: Allows SNA Server to be used with AS/400s that do not currently support a LAN attachment. The twinaxial connection runs at about 1MB/second and supports 512 sessions/card. Each SNA Server system can suppport two twinaxial adapter cards.
- Direct support for the EHNAPPC API: Allows existing Windows applications that conform to the EHNAPPC API specs to run unchanged without additional middleware. (EHNAPPC is an IBM API used to facilitiate Windows-to-AS/400 communications. It provides a subset of APPC functionality. By including it with SNA Server, Microsoft enables client PCs to run ODBC and access AS/400 databases.)
- Full support for CA/400 shared folders: Enhances the limited support.
- A one-license copy of StarWare's ODBC driver: Enables access to host data through the SNA Server gateway. Microsoft is bundling a one-license copy of the StarWare ODBC driver with each copy of SNA Server. This driver accesses host data through DRDA (Distributed Relational Database Architecture). Additional licenses are available from StarWare.
- RAS (Remote Access Service) over SNA: Enables an SNA Server system to be remotely administered across an SNA network.
- A new concurrent licensing option: Allows you to license SNA Server by the number of active users instead of on a per-client basis.