EDS formally opens Navy's PC LAN+ for business

Electronic Data Systems Corp. last week formally opened its Navy PC LAN+ contract for business.

At a Washington, D.C., customer briefing, EDS provided details on ordering procedures, product offerings and pricing. Although the event was designed to kick off the networking pact, ordering actually started last month. PC LAN+, the Navy's main local-area network vehicle, is open to all Defense Department and civilian agencies. EDS captured the $332 million pact last September.

The PC LAN+ product lineup includes server/workstations from Compaq Computer Corp. and Micronics Computers Inc. Compaq offers a ProSignia 300 120 MHz Pentium machine starting at $2,995, a ProLiant 1500 133 MHz Pentium starting at $5,715 and a ProLiant 4500 133 MHz Pentium starting at $10,500. The ProLiant 1500 includes a dual-processor option, while the ProLiant 4500 offers dual- and quad-processor variations.

The Micronics 486DX4 PC starts at $1,250.

The contract offers three network operating systems: Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT Server 3.51, Novell Inc.'s NetWare 4.1 and Banyan Systems Inc.'s Vines 6.0. On the client side, the contract offers Microsoft's Windows for Workgroups 3.11. Windows 95 is not currently on the contract but could be added via technology refreshment, according to EDS officials.

EDS has tapped IBM Corp.'s OS/2 Warp and Safetynet Inc.'s StopLight for OS/2 Warp as PC LAN+'s C2 client security solution. In office software, EDS is providing Microsoft Office Version 4.3 Professional, Novell's PerfectOffice 3.0 and Lotus Development Corp.'s SmartSuite Release 4.0.

For ordering assistance, contact EDS at (800) 241-2143 or http://www.eds-ms.com/pclan.

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