CREN's IRA product comes in several pieces. The first piece is an IBM
P/370* board (VM co-processor) designed to be installed in a PS/2* or an RS
6000*. Because the ethernet support essential for the IRA application is not
yet available for the RS 6000, only the PS/2 version of the product is
The second IRA component is the bundled software consisting of VM/ESA 370
Feature, the application pieces of VM necessary to run RSCS and FAL, and
CREN-provided software. The IBM software is licensed in two versions. A
single-user license allows the VM co-processor to be used as a network server.
A multi-user license allows the VM co-processor to be used as a time-sharing
system supporting up to 16 simultaneous users.
The third piece is a maintenance contract. Maintenance will cover the
card and bundled software. If the card fails while under maintenance CREN will
replace it. The first year maintenance cost is bundled into the price of the
The fourth piece consists of application software provided by other
vendors not included in IRA, such as VMnet. You will need to license that
software directly from the source.
Of course you will also need to acquire a suitable Micro Channel* PS/2*
computer running OS/2*. Upon request, we will provide you with advice on how
to configure a system for your application.
If your institution is a member of the IBM Higher Education Software
Consortium (HESC) with a license to run VM/ESA 370 Feature, RSCS, FAL, and the
C and VS/Pascal run-time libraries, the cost of the system is reduced because
you will be able to use Software licensed under that agreement on this system
as long as you hold a license to that software. If you discontinue your HESC
license you will have to pay a one-time fee equal to the difference between the
HESC and non HESC prices applicable at that time to continue to operate this
The prices which follow cover the card and the bundled software. These
have been described above as pieces one and two and constitute the CREN product
IRA. They also cover the first year of maintenance. They do not cover
software provided by other vendors such as VMnet or acquisition of a suitable
PS/2. For institutions that are members of HESC with licenses covering the IBM
licensed software described above, and that sign an agreement covering this
system under their HESC agreement, the cost of IRA is $5995 for CREN members
and $7995 for non CREN members for both the single-user and multi-user versions
of IRA. For institutions not holding HESC licenses for the IBM licensed
software described above: the cost of IRA for the single-user version of IRA is
$11995 for CREN members and $14495 for non CREN members; and the cost of the
multi-user version for members of CREN is $16995 and $19,995 for non CREN
members. We expect the annual maintenance cost after the first year to be
about $1000 per year for CREN members and $2000 per year for non CREN
The product is currently available to run on PS/2 systems and CREN has a
small number of cards in its inventory for immediate delivery.
Information about this CREN product including pricing and availability can
be obtained by contacting CREN at 1150 18th Street, N.W., Suite 1030 Washington, DC., 20036. Or call 202-293-5909. Or send e-mail to IRA@cren.net.
* Indicates trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.