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The field of computer networks has seen explosive growth in technologies and products over the past decade. More and more users and networking systems have joined an interconnected world of communications, unconstrained by time and distance. Such explosive growth has led to many different solutions to the inevitable complexity of large networks, and those solutions are not always compatible. In 1992, IBM introduced the Networking Blueprint, followed in 1994 by the more comprehensive and encompassing Open Blueprint*, as a way to absorb the differences and create for users and systems a network that appears seamless, homogenous, and directly accessible, while the networks remain open, heterogeneous, and distributed.
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