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VMARK Software and Data General enhance legacy access for client/server solutions.



WESTBORO, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 9, 1995--In a move to provide customers with complete access to valuable corporate data, VMARK Software Inc. (NASDAQ NASDAQ
 in full National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations

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: VMRK) and Data General Corp. (NYSE NYSE

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: DGN DGN Design (file)
DGN Dirección General de Normas (Standards Organization in Mexico)
DGN MicroStation Design File (file format/extension) 
) today announced a joint project that will deliver a Micro Focus COBOL COBOL: see programming language.
COBOL
 in full Common Business-Oriented Language.

High-level computer programming language, one of the first widely used languages and for many years the most popular language in the business community.
 version of VMARK's HyperSTAR Server.

HyperSTAR is a data access middleware Software that functions as a conversion or translation layer. It is also a consolidator and integrator. Custom-programmed middleware solutions have been developed for decades to enable one application to communicate with another that either runs on a different platform or comes from a  product based on object-messaging technology providing a simple solution for access to all types of corporate data. Release 3.0 of HyperSTAR, which includes the Micro Focus COBOL Server, is detailed in a separate announcement released by VMARK today.

The HyperSTAR Micro Focus COBOL Server product will allow users of Data General AViiON AViiON was a series of computers from Data General that were the company's main product from the late 1980s until the company's server products were discontinued in 2001. Earlier AViiON models used the Motorola 88000 CPU, but later models moved to an all-Intel solution when  computer systems to simultaneously access information stored in COBOL files on the AViiON platform as well as existing data stored in other database systems such as Oracle, Sybase, uniVerse and DB2/MVS on other systems. As a result, customers can utilize and build client/server solutions with a single interface to data, regardless of its type or location.

The joint project continues a long-standing relationship between Data General and VMARK. Data General currently resells VMARK's uniVerse relational database management system relational database management system - relational database  throughout its worldwide sales channels and is one of its top resellers for uniVerse, VMARK said. Data General is the first worldwide reseller An organization that sells hardware and software to the general public. Resellers purchase products from software publishers and hardware manufacturers.  of the Micro Focus COBOL HyperSTAR Server product.

"By offering the Micro Focus COBOL HyperSTAR Server, we believe we can add significant value to our AViiON customers who are moving to client/server computing," said Daniel Sapir, vice president of strategic alliances for Data General.

"HyperSTAR will help our customers integrate existing COBOL files and data with either existing or planned client/server environments A networking environment that is made up of clients and servers running applications designed for client/server architecture. See client/server. . This allows for a phased approach from legacy-based application rehosting to open systems while preserving their investment."

"With this agreement and today's newest release of HyperSTAR, VMARK and Data General will provide customers with standards-based technology as they move to open, client/server environments," said Peter L. Fiore, vice president of corporate marketing at VMARK.

Access to COBOL files

Addressing the need to access valuable corporate data maintained in COBOL systems, VMARK and Data General collaborated on the HyperSTAR Server for Micro Focus COBOL files - a key part of HyperSTAR Release 3.0. The HyperSTAR Server for Micro Focus files allows users to query COBOL data through any ODBC-compliant tool without rewriting re·write  
v. re·wrote , re·writ·ten , re·writ·ing, re·writes

v.tr.
1. To write again, especially in a different or improved form; revise.

2.
 COBOL programs - effectively preserving the existing COBOL environments. As a result, organizations do not have to re-engineer existing applications or build complex gateway layers to successfully implement corporate COBOL data into their client/server system.

The product also enables customers to integrate current COBOL solutions into new client/server applications built with application development tools such as Visual Basic, Powerbuilder and Object Studio - without modifying the current COBOL environment. End users can directly query and report COBOL data stored in file systems with front-end desktop applications such as Microsoft Excel (tool) Microsoft Excel - A spreadsheet program from Microsoft, part of their Microsoft Office suite of productivity tools for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh. Excel is probably the most widely used spreadsheet in the world.

Latest version: Excel 97, as of 1997-01-14.
 and Cognos' Impromptu A Windows query and reporting tool from Cognos with support for a large variety of databases. It is capable of generating cross tabs for spreadsheets such as Excel, Lotus for Windows and Quattro Pro for Windows. .

Data General specializes in providing commercial computing servers, storage systems and related software and services to information systems users worldwide. The company is headquartered in Westboro, Mass.

VMARK Software Inc., headquartered in Westboro, Mass., is a provider of software and services for the client/server business solutions market. VMARK's offerings are available worldwide in virtually all areas of business, industry, and government. Its integrated product family includes the uniVerse relational database management system which is ideally suited for both transaction-based business applications as well as on-line data analysis; HyperSTAR data access middleware which provides a simple solution for access to all types of corporate data; and, Object Studio, an object-oriented application development tool enabling development of applications and components for business use. VMARK's products are complemented by a comprehensive suite of services including 24-hour/7 day a week customer support, consulting, and educational services. -0-

All products referenced herein are trademarks of their respective companies. This release and other information related to VMARK Software Inc. can be referenced on VMARK's home page on the World Wide Web at: http://www.vmark.com

CONTACT: VMARK Software Inc.

Paula Levis Suita, 508/366-3888 x3270

or

Data General Corp.

Jim Dunlap, 508/898-6546
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