Neoware Introduces Eon - the First Computing Appliance Family Supporting Windows CE, Linux and Embedded NT With Guaranteed Investment Protection

New Eon Models Support Widest Range of Operating Systems, One Remote

Management Suite and Guaranteed Migration From One Model to Another



Feb 26, 2001, 00:00 ET from Neoware Systems, Inc.

    KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ --
 Neoware Systems (Nasdaq: NWRE), the leading supplier of award-winning software
 and solutions for the emerging Appliance Computing market, today introduced
 the first family of computing appliances that support Windows CE, Linux and
 Embedded NT, all managed by one suite of management tools.  The new Eon models
 offer the broadest range of choices in the appliance market, along with an
 industry-first Guaranteed Investment Protection plan that lets customers move
 from one Eon model to another at any time in the future.  This introduction
 strengthens the Company's technical leadership in delivering industry-leading,
 award-winning products in the Appliance Computing space.
     The new Eon models, which are available immediately, support the widest
 range of operating systems in the thin client appliance market.  Starting at
 under $400 for an embedded Linux-based appliance, the Eon family incorporates
 models running embedded Linux, Windows CE, Linux and Embedded NT operating
 systems.  All Eon models are remotely managed using industry-standard
 protocols and by a new version of Neoware's suite of management products,
 called ezRemote Manager 2.0.
 
     Guaranteed Investment Protection Plan
     Uniquely in the industry, all Eon models are designed from the ground up
 to be compatible, and are based upon a single hardware platform.  This allows
 Neoware to offer an industry-leading Guaranteed Investment Protection plan,
 which allows customers to migrate from one Eon model to another at any time in
 the future, simply by updating memory in the Eon platform and changing
 software.
     "Neoware is committed to protecting our customers' investments in our
 appliance products," stated Michael Kantrowitz, Neoware's president and CEO.
 "With Eon, customers can choose the model that fits their needs, confident
 that they can migrate to another Eon model at any time.  Unlike other thin
 client appliance vendors, all of our appliances run on a single hardware
 platform and are managed by the same management software.  As a result, our
 customers can manage any Neoware appliance from a single suite of management
 tools and can even migrate from model to model easily should their needs
 change in the future."
     The individual models in Neoware's new Eon family are detailed below.
 
     Eon 2000
     Eon 2000 brings pure simplicity and unmatched expansion.  It is a fast,
 easy, affordable thin client appliance that offers more flexibility and
 capability than other thin clients in its price range.  With standard support
 for Microsoft's RDP, Citrix ICA and terminal emulation, Eon 2000 lets users
 run Windows applications on servers, plus connect to minicomputers or UNIX
 machines.  Importantly, Eon 2000 is the first thin client that allows
 customers to use USB floppy, SuperFloppy, Zip or CD drives to store or read
 files on transportable media.  Eon 2000 allows users to connect with multiple
 servers and display windows on the same screen -- at the same time -- without
 requiring users to "hot-key" from session to session.  Eon 2000 has a full
 complement of ports and expansion slots, including two serial ports, a
 parallel port, two USB ports, audio and a PCI/ISA slot for expansion.
 
     Eon 3000
     Eon 3000 is a Windows CE-based family of thin clients that is designed to
 offer more capability than other products in its class, with enhanced security
 and manageability.  Eon 3000 Series includes support for Microsoft RDP, Citrix
 ICA, the Internet Explorer browser and a full suite of terminal emulations,
 including DEC VT400, IBM 5250 and 3270, Tandem 6530, HP 700/92 and many more.
 Uniquely among Windows CE-based thin client appliances, Eon 3000 can be
 upgraded to other Eon appliances, including models running Linux and Windows
 NT Embedded.  Eon 3000 has a full complement of ports and expansion slots,
 including two serial ports, a parallel port, two USB ports, audio and a
 PCI/ISA slot for expansion.
 
     Eon 4000
     Eon 4000 is a line of smart Linux appliances that runs Windows, UNIX, X
 Window, Internet, Java and mainframe applications, plus allows customers to
 add Linux applications locally for a variety of vertical markets.  Eon 4000
 includes Neoware's NeoLinux operating system, an appliance version of the
 industry standard Red Hat Linux operating system with unique Neoware "ez"
 features that enhance security, management and configuration. These features
 include ezCompress, which allows Linux to run in as little as 8 MB of reliable
 flash memory; ezConnect, which shields users from the Linux operating system
 via an intuitive graphical user interface; ezSecure, which locks the Linux
 operating system down and makes it "read-only", securing it from viruses or
 unauthorized changes; ezOff, which allows users to turn off an Eon 4000
 without the typical computer "shut-down" process; ezManage, which allows any
 Eon to be remotely managed, configured and updated in groups; and ezSnap,
 which lets administrators add software components to an Eon without updating
 the entire operating system.  Eon 4000 has a full complement of ports and
 expansion slots, including two serial ports, a parallel port, two USB ports,
 audio and a PCI/ISA slot for expansion.
 
     Eon 5000
     Eon 5000 is the first appliance family to offer Neoware's security and
 management enhancements with Microsoft's Windows NT Embedded operating system.
 Eon 5000 supports Citrix Program Neighborhood, Microsoft RDP and terminal
 emulation, along with Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser.  Eon 5000 can be
 easily customized to add additional Windows-based applications locally for a
 variety of vertical markets.  Unlike other appliance products based upon
 Windows NT, Neoware has designed Eon 5000 around Microsoft's standard Windows
 NT Embedded operating system, instead of designing its own proprietary
 embedded version of NT.  This offers customers a much more standard
 environment, allowing them to more easily customize Eon 5000 for particular
 applications, and ensuring access to the latest Microsoft upgrades.  Eon 5000
 models are remotely managed by Neoware's ezRemote Manager, allowing them to be
 discovered, configured, managed and upgraded across a local or wide area
 network in groups.  Eon 5000 has a full complement of ports and expansion
 slots, including two serial ports, a parallel port, two USB ports, audio and a
 PCI/ISA slot for expansion.
 
     Common Hardware Platform
     All Eon models are designed around a common hardware platform, allowing
 Eon models to be upgraded at any time to other members of the Eon family.  The
 Eon platform is based around the National Semiconductor Geode CPU, a highly
 integrated, low-power X86 compatible chip with integrated graphics.
 Additional features of the Eon platform include a solid-state design with no
 disk drive, fan or other moving parts; a "brick-free" integrated power supply
 with no external components; support for the widest range of peripherals with
 serial, parallel and USB ports; an integrated PCI/ISA slot for internal
 modems, wireless Ethernet, Token Ring, high resolution video and future
 expansion; and a zero-footprint design that can be mounted under or next to a
 monitor or under a desk.
     "These new Eon products reflect Neoware's commitment to provide the widest
 range of choices in the Appliance Computing industry, and to protect customer
 investments," said Michael Kantrowitz, president and CEO of Neoware Systems,
 Inc.  "Eon is `The Anything Box' because our customers can choose from one
 family of computing appliances with the most popular embedded operating
 systems, all with Neoware's unique value-added software that provides security
 and management across the largest distributed networks.  Neoware is the only
 company that offers one family of computing appliances -- managed by one suite
 of management tools -- that allows customers to migrate from one Eon model to
 another at any time."
 
     About Neoware
     Neoware provides software and solutions to enable Appliance Computing, a
 new Internet-based computing architecture that is designed to be simpler and
 easier than traditional PC-based computing.  Neoware's infrastructure software
 and management tools power and manage a new generation of smart computing
 appliances that utilize the benefits of open, industry-standard technologies
 to create new alternatives to personal computers and a wide variety of
 proprietary business devices.  Neoware's products are designed to run local
 applications for specific vertical markets, plus allow access across a network
 to Linux servers, the Internet and Windows-based applications running on
 multi-user Windows servers.  Computing appliances that run and are managed by
 Neoware's software offer the cost benefits of industry-standard hardware,
 easier installation and lower up-front and administrative costs than
 proprietary or PC-based alternatives.  More information about Neoware can be
 found on the Web at http://www.neoware.com or via email at info@neoware.com.
 Neoware is based in King of Prussia, PA.
 
     This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning
 of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements
 regarding Neoware's introduction of its new Eon products, its ability to
 provide the widest range of choices in the industry and the successful
 implementation of its Guaranteed Investment Protection Plan.  These
 forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties.  Factors that
 could cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted in any
 such forward-looking statement include Neoware's timely development and
 customers' acceptance of Neoware's appliance computing products, including its
 new Eon products, rapid technological changes in the industry, growth of the
 appliance computing market, increased competition and adverse changes in
 general economic conditions, including the European market.  These and other
 risks are detailed from time to time in Neoware's periodic reports filed with
 the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, its
 report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended June 30, 2000.
 
 

SOURCE Neoware Systems, Inc.
    KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ --
 Neoware Systems (Nasdaq: NWRE), the leading supplier of award-winning software
 and solutions for the emerging Appliance Computing market, today introduced
 the first family of computing appliances that support Windows CE, Linux and
 Embedded NT, all managed by one suite of management tools.  The new Eon models
 offer the broadest range of choices in the appliance market, along with an
 industry-first Guaranteed Investment Protection plan that lets customers move
 from one Eon model to another at any time in the future.  This introduction
 strengthens the Company's technical leadership in delivering industry-leading,
 award-winning products in the Appliance Computing space.
     The new Eon models, which are available immediately, support the widest
 range of operating systems in the thin client appliance market.  Starting at
 under $400 for an embedded Linux-based appliance, the Eon family incorporates
 models running embedded Linux, Windows CE, Linux and Embedded NT operating
 systems.  All Eon models are remotely managed using industry-standard
 protocols and by a new version of Neoware's suite of management products,
 called ezRemote Manager 2.0.
 
     Guaranteed Investment Protection Plan
     Uniquely in the industry, all Eon models are designed from the ground up
 to be compatible, and are based upon a single hardware platform.  This allows
 Neoware to offer an industry-leading Guaranteed Investment Protection plan,
 which allows customers to migrate from one Eon model to another at any time in
 the future, simply by updating memory in the Eon platform and changing
 software.
     "Neoware is committed to protecting our customers' investments in our
 appliance products," stated Michael Kantrowitz, Neoware's president and CEO.
 "With Eon, customers can choose the model that fits their needs, confident
 that they can migrate to another Eon model at any time.  Unlike other thin
 client appliance vendors, all of our appliances run on a single hardware
 platform and are managed by the same management software.  As a result, our
 customers can manage any Neoware appliance from a single suite of management
 tools and can even migrate from model to model easily should their needs
 change in the future."
     The individual models in Neoware's new Eon family are detailed below.
 
     Eon 2000
     Eon 2000 brings pure simplicity and unmatched expansion.  It is a fast,
 easy, affordable thin client appliance that offers more flexibility and
 capability than other thin clients in its price range.  With standard support
 for Microsoft's RDP, Citrix ICA and terminal emulation, Eon 2000 lets users
 run Windows applications on servers, plus connect to minicomputers or UNIX
 machines.  Importantly, Eon 2000 is the first thin client that allows
 customers to use USB floppy, SuperFloppy, Zip or CD drives to store or read
 files on transportable media.  Eon 2000 allows users to connect with multiple
 servers and display windows on the same screen -- at the same time -- without
 requiring users to "hot-key" from session to session.  Eon 2000 has a full
 complement of ports and expansion slots, including two serial ports, a
 parallel port, two USB ports, audio and a PCI/ISA slot for expansion.
 
     Eon 3000
     Eon 3000 is a Windows CE-based family of thin clients that is designed to
 offer more capability than other products in its class, with enhanced security
 and manageability.  Eon 3000 Series includes support for Microsoft RDP, Citrix
 ICA, the Internet Explorer browser and a full suite of terminal emulations,
 including DEC VT400, IBM 5250 and 3270, Tandem 6530, HP 700/92 and many more.
 Uniquely among Windows CE-based thin client appliances, Eon 3000 can be
 upgraded to other Eon appliances, including models running Linux and Windows
 NT Embedded.  Eon 3000 has a full complement of ports and expansion slots,
 including two serial ports, a parallel port, two USB ports, audio and a
 PCI/ISA slot for expansion.
 
     Eon 4000
     Eon 4000 is a line of smart Linux appliances that runs Windows, UNIX, X
 Window, Internet, Java and mainframe applications, plus allows customers to
 add Linux applications locally for a variety of vertical markets.  Eon 4000
 includes Neoware's NeoLinux operating system, an appliance version of the
 industry standard Red Hat Linux operating system with unique Neoware "ez"
 features that enhance security, management and configuration. These features
 include ezCompress, which allows Linux to run in as little as 8 MB of reliable
 flash memory; ezConnect, which shields users from the Linux operating system
 via an intuitive graphical user interface; ezSecure, which locks the Linux
 operating system down and makes it "read-only", securing it from viruses or
 unauthorized changes; ezOff, which allows users to turn off an Eon 4000
 without the typical computer "shut-down" process; ezManage, which allows any
 Eon to be remotely managed, configured and updated in groups; and ezSnap,
 which lets administrators add software components to an Eon without updating
 the entire operating system.  Eon 4000 has a full complement of ports and
 expansion slots, including two serial ports, a parallel port, two USB ports,
 audio and a PCI/ISA slot for expansion.
 
     Eon 5000
     Eon 5000 is the first appliance family to offer Neoware's security and
 management enhancements with Microsoft's Windows NT Embedded operating system.
 Eon 5000 supports Citrix Program Neighborhood, Microsoft RDP and terminal
 emulation, along with Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser.  Eon 5000 can be
 easily customized to add additional Windows-based applications locally for a
 variety of vertical markets.  Unlike other appliance products based upon
 Windows NT, Neoware has designed Eon 5000 around Microsoft's standard Windows
 NT Embedded operating system, instead of designing its own proprietary
 embedded version of NT.  This offers customers a much more standard
 environment, allowing them to more easily customize Eon 5000 for particular
 applications, and ensuring access to the latest Microsoft upgrades.  Eon 5000
 models are remotely managed by Neoware's ezRemote Manager, allowing them to be
 discovered, configured, managed and upgraded across a local or wide area
 network in groups.  Eon 5000 has a full complement of ports and expansion
 slots, including two serial ports, a parallel port, two USB ports, audio and a
 PCI/ISA slot for expansion.
 
     Common Hardware Platform
     All Eon models are designed around a common hardware platform, allowing
 Eon models to be upgraded at any time to other members of the Eon family.  The
 Eon platform is based around the National Semiconductor Geode CPU, a highly
 integrated, low-power X86 compatible chip with integrated graphics.
 Additional features of the Eon platform include a solid-state design with no
 disk drive, fan or other moving parts; a "brick-free" integrated power supply
 with no external components; support for the widest range of peripherals with
 serial, parallel and USB ports; an integrated PCI/ISA slot for internal
 modems, wireless Ethernet, Token Ring, high resolution video and future
 expansion; and a zero-footprint design that can be mounted under or next to a
 monitor or under a desk.
     "These new Eon products reflect Neoware's commitment to provide the widest
 range of choices in the Appliance Computing industry, and to protect customer
 investments," said Michael Kantrowitz, president and CEO of Neoware Systems,
 Inc.  "Eon is `The Anything Box' because our customers can choose from one
 family of computing appliances with the most popular embedded operating
 systems, all with Neoware's unique value-added software that provides security
 and management across the largest distributed networks.  Neoware is the only
 company that offers one family of computing appliances -- managed by one suite
 of management tools -- that allows customers to migrate from one Eon model to
 another at any time."
 
     About Neoware
     Neoware provides software and solutions to enable Appliance Computing, a
 new Internet-based computing architecture that is designed to be simpler and
 easier than traditional PC-based computing.  Neoware's infrastructure software
 and management tools power and manage a new generation of smart computing
 appliances that utilize the benefits of open, industry-standard technologies
 to create new alternatives to personal computers and a wide variety of
 proprietary business devices.  Neoware's products are designed to run local
 applications for specific vertical markets, plus allow access across a network
 to Linux servers, the Internet and Windows-based applications running on
 multi-user Windows servers.  Computing appliances that run and are managed by
 Neoware's software offer the cost benefits of industry-standard hardware,
 easier installation and lower up-front and administrative costs than
 proprietary or PC-based alternatives.  More information about Neoware can be
 found on the Web at http://www.neoware.com or via email at info@neoware.com.
 Neoware is based in King of Prussia, PA.
 
     This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning
 of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements
 regarding Neoware's introduction of its new Eon products, its ability to
 provide the widest range of choices in the industry and the successful
 implementation of its Guaranteed Investment Protection Plan.  These
 forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties.  Factors that
 could cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted in any
 such forward-looking statement include Neoware's timely development and
 customers' acceptance of Neoware's appliance computing products, including its
 new Eon products, rapid technological changes in the industry, growth of the
 appliance computing market, increased competition and adverse changes in
 general economic conditions, including the European market.  These and other
 risks are detailed from time to time in Neoware's periodic reports filed with
 the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, its
 report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended June 30, 2000.
 
 SOURCE  Neoware Systems, Inc.