A VAX-based, AppleTalk Filing Protocol-compliant file server will be included as part of Digital's Macintosh integration offering.
Print services will allow users from both environments to access PostScript printers on both AppleTalk and DECnet/OSI networks as well as print queuing and other services available on VAX/VMS.
Network management functionality that allows for management from both AppleTalk and DECnet networks will be provided.
AppleTalk, Apple's network system, is noted for its "plug-and-play" nature and for a variety of powerful network services integrated into the intuitive, graphical Macintosh user interface.
AppleTalk protocols can also be used with physical transmission facilities other than Apple's own LocalTalk products, for instance with Ethernet or over telephone lines.
Ethernet LANs are therefore more expensive than AppleTalk networks, costing from $500 to $1,000 per connection.
Computers on the Ethernet, including Mac IIs with Ethernet boards, can be shared by the Macintoshes on all the connected networks, as can AppleTalk resources located anywhere on the LAN.