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PYRAMID, COMDISCO & INTEGRIS FORM OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE; UNIX RDBMS LEADER TEAMS WITH IBM MAINFRAME EXPERTS

 PYRAMID, COMDISCO & INTEGRIS FORM OPEN DATA CENTER ALLIANCE;
 UNIX RDBMS LEADER TEAMS WITH IBM MAINFRAME EXPERTS
 SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Pyramid Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: PYRD), in conjunction with Comdisco Inc. (NYSE: CDO; MSE) and Integris, today announced an alliance to jointly develop and market open systems-based solutions for the IBM mainframe market. The alliance is unprecedented in that it brings together expertise in both the IBM mainframe and open systems markets. It will deliver a complete solution to customers wanting to enhance their mainframe-based data centers with the benefits of open systems, while retaining their current investment in proprietary technology.
 The three companies are combining efforts to better serve the corporate enterprise, where customers are augmenting their data centers with open systems because of the inherent advantages of flexibility, advanced technology and significantly reduced costs. This market is a direct result of the current "re-engineering" trend underway in businesses today, where companies are realigning themselves to become more flexible, more responsive and more competitive.
 A key component of the "re-engineering" process is to map information systems to support and drive the new business models, and customers are using open systems to implement these new, highly flexible, user-oriented information systems.
 The alliance combines Pyramid's expertise in high-availability open system servers, Comdisco's extensive asset management knowledge and IBM mainframe market presence, and Integris' integration expertise in "SmartSizing" (re-engineering and downsizing) and specialized software smartsizing tools for the IBM application transition market. Whether customers are interested in implementing new applications on open systems servers that co-exist with their data center, or are planning to gradually migrate existing mainframe-based applications to the new systems, the companies' combined expertise, products and services are capable of meeting the entire range of customer requirements in this new, emerging market.
 Pyramid Technology
 Pyramid has been the market leader and innovator in developing open systems for the rigors of the corporate data center. Their MIServer family of open systems servers incorporates the industry's most advanced high-availability capabilities and data center management features on the market today. As a result of Pyramid's strategic partnerships with the leading RDBMS vendors, and the highly scalable, multiprocessor RISC architecture of its systems, Pyramid systems support the largest UNIX-based databases in the world.
 Founded in 1981 and headquartered in San Jose, Pyramid Technology manufactures, markets and supports the MIServer line of high- performance, high-availability servers for open data center computing, based on a multiprocessing RISC system architecture and a commercially enhanced version of the UNIX System V Release 4 operating system. Pyramid's systems support the largest UNIX-based relational databases in the world and provide the functionality and features necessary to open the data center.
 Comdisco
 Comdisco is one of the world's leading providers of solutions that help businesses acquire, manage, and protect their high-tech assets. With equipment installed in more than 60,000 customer locations around the world, Comdisco is well-schooled in the financial and technological issues with which companies are now struggling. Many Comdisco customers are looking to incorporate open systems into their asset management strategies. The company's alliance with Integris and Pyramid, combined with its expertise in the mainframe arena, will provide this alternative in a cost-effective, non-disruptive manner. In addition to its existing asset management services, Comdisco is also developing software to help facilitate this joint solution.
 Comdisco's broad range of asset management services includes equipment leasing and remarketing, business continuity services, consulting and strategic planning, asset management software tools, network design and management, just-in-time capacity, and much more. Comdisco's common stock is traded on the New York and Midwest Stock Exchanges.
 Integris
 Integris is the industry leader in developing application transition strategies and technologies to move from the IBM mainframe world to the world of open systems. Integris' UniKix product offers a seamless path for transitioning IBM CICS-based (the leading IBM OLTP applications environment) applications to open systems servers based on UNIX and provides a seamless path for customers' existing 3270-based SNA networks to access both new and existing IBM mainframe applications.
 Integris delivers multi-vendor systems integration solutions for enterprise SmartSizing (re-engineering and downsizing) for state and local governments and the telecommunications, insurance and healthcare industries. Integris is headquartered in Billerica, Mass., and Phoenix, with regional offices in Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Atlanta.
 "The industry has been evolving for some time towards offering multivendor, partner-based solutions, and the requirements of the mainframe transition market make expert partners invaluable," said Edward W. Scott, Jr., executive vice president for Pyramid. "We believe that through our alliance with Comdisco and Integris, we can offer the proprietary data center customer a solution unparalleled in performance, functionality and ease of implementation, while all the time, protecting the customer's substantial investment in their existing mainframe environment. Comdisco and Integris are key to our strategy announced today for delivery of the technology, partners and services for the data center," concluded Scott.
 "Virtually every organization is struggling to find ways to control costs and still benefit from the potential offered by today's new technologies," said Russell West, Comdisco senior vice president of strategic planning. "This alliance delivers just that: the benefits of open systems without disrupting our customers' existing mainframe environment. We're confident it's a solution many will turn to."
 "We believe that this alliance of open systems technology, mainframe expertise and value-added software and services is the model for reshaping the mainframe market," said Steve Gardner, president of Integris. "We expect this alliance to significantly extend the scale and scope of SmartSizing solutions available to the IBM mainframe customer," Gardner added.
 Pricing and Availability
 The companies are currently working with customers to identify and meet specific requirements. Details of product availability and pricing will be made available in early 1993. The products and services resulting from this alliance will be jointly marketed and sold by all three companies.
 Company Background
 Founded in 1981 and headquartered in San Jose, Pyramid Technology manufactures, markets and supports the MIServer line of high- performance, high-availability servers for open data center computing, based on a multiprocessing RISC system architecture and a commercially enhanced version of the UNIX System V Release 4 operating system. Pyramid's systems support the largest UNIX-based relational databases in the world and provide the functionality and features necessary to open the data center.
 NOTE: MIServer is a registered trademark of Pyramid Technology Corp. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.
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 /CONTACT: Doug Free of Pyramid Technology, 408-428-8935; Neal Lulofs of Comdisco, 708-518-5616; or Jill Maunder of Integris, 508-294-7948/
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