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DIGITAL is the first in the industry to offer an Internet tunnel product.

DIGITAL ships the EZ51 high performance Solid State Disk.

The EZ5x family of Solid State Disks (SSDs) extended the power and performance of the technology to encompass SCSI-based systems. SSDs used the speed of DRAMS (the storage media) to provide the fastest access to storage subsystem data by eliminating the latency inherent with magnetic disk. Offering an access time of less than 1ms, EZ5x Solid State Disks maximized systems utilization by balancing the power of the processor with high performance I/O.

June:
DIGITAL announces Open Advantage, a worldwide corporate strategy to establish DIGITAL as the industry leader in developing open solutions that give customers the freedom to choose and the power to use the highest-quality applications available at the best price.

DIGITAL's Network Application Support (NAS) helped end users achieve the "Open Advantage" of multivendor interoperability. NAS enabled them to use new and existing applications to share information and resources with each other, regardless of which systems they were using.

June:
DIGITAL introduces DECnet Phase V, which supports OSI standards and networks of essentially unlimited size.

DIGITAL's fifth-generation "ADVANTAGE" networks integrated OSI, TCP/IP and DECnet network protocols. DECnet Phase V expanded and opened the DIGITAL environment by supporting many vendors' equipment in a unified network, while retaining flexibility and backward compatibility with DECnet Phase IV.

September:
The industry's first implementation of an object request broker is shipped under the name Application Control Architecture (ACA) services.

Application Control Architecture (ACA) was later renamed ObjectBroker. DIGITAL subsequently made significant contributions to the Object Management Group's Common Object Request Broker Architecture (COBRA).

November:
The NVAX chip, DIGITAL's fourth VAX microprocessor, is implemented in 0.75-micrometer CMOS technology and ships in the VAX 6600.

The NVAX incorporated the pipelined performance of the VAX 9000 and was the fastest CISC chip of its time. The VAX 6610 system (shown here) delivered 83 transactions per second, boasting better performance than RISC based systems from IBM or HP.

November:
DIGITAL and Microsoft announce an alliance allowing Microsoft Windows to retrieve and exchange data with local area network servers running DIGITAL PATHWORKS software.

The DIGITAL and Microsoft development work assured seamless integration between selected office technologies such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Visual Basic, TeamLinks, PATHWORKS and ALL-IN-1 Mail.

November:
DIGITAL releases VMS V5.5.

VMS V5.5 supported the MicroVAX 3100, VAX and VAXserver 6000-6xx series, VAX 4000 and VAXstation 4000 (shown at left). V5.5 features included new queue manager, new licensing features, LAT enhancements, host based shadowing, cluster wide tape service (TMSCP), and new RTLs (DECthreads and BLAS fast-vector maths library).

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