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Hill House Hammond Selects D3 Linux DBMS Servers from Pick Systems For World's Largest Ever Financial Corporate Linux Deployment.

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Pick Systems(R), Inc., a leading developer of multi-user, multi-value database management system (DBMS) software, today announced that Hill House Hammond, one of the largest insurance intermediaries in the United Kingdom -- is deploying Pick Systems' D3(R) Linux DBMS server for Red Hat to their 250 branches. Hill House Hammond has become the first large corporation in the financial services world with a live Linux installation. Each branch will be using a software combination of the D3 Linux DBMS server, Red Hat Linux provided by Pick Systems, Pick Systems' FlashCONNECT(R) web-enabling API and a browser-based tool for integration and configuration that Pick created for ease of deployment.

"We are even more confident that Pick's D3 Linux DBMS is helping move Linux-based applications into the enterprise," said Bud Coyne, marketing product manager, core technologies for Pick Systems. The installation included 252 D3 Linux DBMS servers at the branch offices, each with FlashCONNECT, running on IBM Netfinity 3000's. In addition, one D3 AIX DBMS server running on a 5 node IBM RS/6000 SP was installed at the head office. A total of 3,000 D3 DBMS user licenses were ordered with 1,400 D3 Linux user licenses for all the branches and 1,600 D3 AIX user licenses for the head office.

The rollout has already started, with close to two dozen branches already installed. Staging at the head office in Bristol, England for servers and related software has been completed. Stated Neil Turner, IT Director at Hill House Hammond, "an innovative development by Pick Systems, the production of a combined operating system/application installation and configuration procedure run from a single CD-ROM, greatly simplified the roll-out process and was pivotal to the smooth and successful incorporation of our new systems within the Hill House Hammond network."

The Hill House Hammond installation is one of a growing list of large companies continuing to prove the scalability of D3 within multiple operating systems and hardware platforms. It also demonstrates Pick's D3 DBMS servers and tools provide the right business solution to heterogeneously tie enterprise-wide data together.

About Pick Systems

For nearly three decades, Pick Systems, Inc. has been developing database technology. D3(R), the company's latest-generation multi-user, multi-value database management system, is an open systems environment that supports ODBC, SQL and OSFI standards. D3 runs on a wide spectrum of hardware, including PC, midrange and massively-parallel computing systems and is available for most varieties of UNIX(R) including IBM AIX(R), SCO OpenServer(TM) and SCO UnixWare(R), Hewlett-Packard(R) UX, and Linux distributions like Red Hat and Linux-Mandrake(TM) and the Microsoft(R) Windows NT(R) operating environment. Pick markets its products worldwide through a network of over 800 VARs who offer more than 4,000 Year 2000-compliant, commercially-available applications. The Professional Services division provides Pick's customers with assistance in all aspects of project management.

Pick Systems is headquartered in Irvine, California with international sales offices in the United Kingdom, France, South Africa and Singapore. For more information, please visit the company's newly redesigned web site at www.picksys.com.

Pick Systems, D3, FlashCONNECT, FlashBASIC and AQL are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pick Systems. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.
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