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PYRAMID ANNOUNCES CORPORATE ROADMAP FOR ENTERPRISE CLIENT/SERVER COMPUTING

 SAN JOSE, Calif., July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Pyramid Technology (NASDAQ: PYRD) today announced its corporate roadmap for enterprise client/server computing -- the company's strategic five-year game plan to help Fortune 1000 customers meet the demands of business-critical computing. The roadmap centers on three core Pyramid strengths: platform technology, software solutions technology and services. It addresses and expands upon many of the corporate strategies initially introduced in the company's October 1992 Open Data Center announcement.
 "With the enterprise environment undergoing a massive transformation, we felt it was essential to explain our vision. That vision is to 'empower' the enterprise to be more productive, efficient, and competitive," said John Chen, Pyramid president and chief operating officer. "The intent of our roadmap is to explain what Pyramid is today, where we're headed and how we plan to get there. Naturally, we recognize that new product development holds the key to our success with our customers."
 Pyramid has developed a three-fold strategy designed to further establish its role in the client/server world and better satisfy customer needs. "By providing even higher performance, more focused solutions and targeted services, while keeping costs down, Pyramid's offerings will play a pivotal role in helping Fortune 1000 companies transition from departmental computing of the past to enterprise computing of today and the future," explained Chen. "Regardless of how many MIPS, megaflops and CPU cycles an IS strategy touts, if it doesn't support essential business functions in an organization, it is virtually useless. We're seeing more and more of our customers begin to realign information strategies to meet fundamental business goals; our intent is to make that process as productive and cost-effective as possible."
 Highlights of the Roadmap for Enterprise Client/Server Computing
 The complete roadmap outlines Pyramid's goal statements in the areas of technology, software solutions technology, and services, and provides a brief glimpse into industry trends, an analysis of Pyramid's historical strengths, and a review of the company's current strategy and future direction. The following highlights key points:
 Platform Technology
 Pyramid's goal with its platform technology is to develop high-end, large-scale enterprise servers that deliver mainframe-class reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS).
 "Open systems have finally come of age -- they now have the processing muscle and the commercial viability to address high-end computing needs for business-critical applications," said Raj Nathan, Pyramid vice president, engineering. "From its earliest days, Pyramid has been a consistent and early provider and adopter of leading technology -- RISC, UNIX(R) and Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) -- and has continued to focus on enhancing and tuning its platform technology for the high-end, client/server enterprise environment."
 Five commercial enhancements differentiate Pyramid's platform technology from that of its competitors today and will serve as the foundation for the future. They include:
 -- Leading System Architectures. Pyramid will continue to be a leader in SMP technology and will continue to develop more powerful, high-capacity, scalable architectures in the future. Next-generation products, available this year, will feature three to five times greater performance and scalability than its high-end MIServer-ES line provides today. Scalable performance in excess of 1000 TPS, main memory capacities of multiple gigabytes, and mass storage in the multi-terabyte range will soon be standard features.
 In the next one to three years, Pyramid plans to unveil what it calls "massively scalable processing" (MSP) technology. MSP takes the concept of a massively parallel architecture one step better: it supports multiple parallel systems working in concert to boost performance as opposed to multiple processors working in parallel. Pyramid believes that MSP represents a revolutionary next step in system architecture design that complements and extends its current SMP-based offerings.
 -- Leading Open Operating System. Pyramid will continue to extend, tune, and optimize its SVR4 UNIX-based operating system to meet the needs of the client/server environment. In the next one to three years, Pyramid will enhance its DC/OSx(TM) implementation of SMP for higher performance, scalability and increasing levels of RAS. Pyramid will continue to enhance its graphical system administration offerings to simplify and automate management of non-clustered and clustered heterogeneous configurations.
 -- High to Near Continuous Availability. Pyramid's goal is to deliver a "continuously available" open platform. Continuously available refers to the ability of a computer system to be up and running at near continuous levels, a crucial requirement for business- critical applications. Next-generation products will include "power-on" service and replacement of main system resources designed to increase on-line RAS. Built-in configurable redundancy and improved visual systems management tools for multisystem settings will further extend availability. Pyramid also plans to extend, expand and optimize its clustered systems technology for client/server enterprise environments.
 -- Near Linear Scalability. Pyramid's SMP delivers near-linear scalability, where each new CPU added to the system delivers almost as much computing power as the first CPU. For example, in the next six months, Pyramid's systems will deliver 1200-plus MIPS and support 1000-plus TPS. Pyramid's goal is to double processing power every 12 to 18 months.
 -- Mainframe Class Storage and Back-up. Pyramid will expand both the capacity and the performance of its input/output subsystems to meet the escalating demand for near-continuous availability in non-clustered and clustered environments. In the coming months, Pyramid will feature mass storage solutions in the multi-terabyte range. Other future developments will include expanded controller technology, more parallel independent channels, improved virtual resource management features and packaging concepts, and 3.5"-drive technology.
 Software Solutions Technology
 Pyramid's goal is to support databases and tools, as well as the horizontal and vertical business applications optimized for the company's high-end market focus.
 "A focused software partnering strategy is essential to our success and the success of our customers," said Mitchell Mandich, senior vice president, Americas sales and worldwide marketing. "Pyramid is selectively teaming with 'best of class' software partners to provides highly optimized business solutions in six key markets: financial, telecommunications, transportation/hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing and government."
 The key differentiators of Pyramid's software solutions focus include:
 -- Using RDBMSs as the Foundation. Operating systems and RDBMSs will become more highly integrated in the future. Pyramid already has long-standing partnerships with industry leaders including Informix, Ingres, Oracle, Progress, Sybase and Unify. It will continue to optimize its environment for large-scale RDBMS applications, increase its serviceability through innovative alliances and support RDBMS tools and technologies designed to help customers connect the enterprise.
 -- Optimizing System Migration. The maintenance of legacy applications consumes roughly 80 percent of a company's IS budget. Taking that into account, Pyramid plans to continue to improve the data integration between legacy applications and newer client/server-based technologies. Pyramid will partner with companies such as Comdisco, Electronic Data Systems (EDS), Evolutionary Technologies Inc., Information Builders Inc. (IBI), Integris and SHL Systemhouse to provide these migration and data-conversion solutions.
 -- Targeting General-Business and Industry-Specific Markets. Pyramid will team with "best of class" vendors to provide general business solutions such as imaging, human resources and customer service applications, as well as the leading applications in its six key markets.
 Services
 Pyramid's goal is the provide data-center class support for business-critical environments and to complement these activities with a full suite of professional service programs and support tools that help customers successfully implement enterprise client/server computing.
 "Our customers want a vendor who can coordinate and/or deliver a comprehensive solution that includes installation, integration, management and support of the multi-vendor environment," said Thomas Meyer, vice president, customer services division.
 Key differentiators of Pyramid's customer service focus include:
 -- Data-Center Class Support Offerings. Pyramid has developed a series of availability services and tools that address the entire IT environment. For instance, its Affiliate Support Program -- a first for the industry -- provides coordinated, integrated problem-solving with Pyramid's open systems relational database partners: Informix, Ingres, Oracle and Sybase. In the next few years, Pyramid plans to develop similar affiliate programs with partners and to integrate these programs into a one-call solution option. It will also expand its availability management offerings to include such features as "remote reporting" of hard faults and soft notices that immediately notify the response center.
 -- Professional Services Offerings. Responding to the customer demand for higher levels of technical expertise and value-added capabilities, Pyramid continues to invest heavily in professional services programs and personnel to build effective project management and integration efforts.
 About the Company
 Founded in 1981, Pyramid Technology develops high-end, large-scale enterprise servers that deliver mainframe-class performance and reliability, availability and serviceability (RAS) for the open enterprise client/server environment. These high-availability systems run the largest UNIX relational databases in the world, and are based on a symmetric multiprocessor (SMP) architecture that combines an enhanced UNIX operating system with the RISC processor technology. Designed to "empower" the enterprise, Pyramid's systems currently support up to 768 MIPS, hundreds of transactions per second, and more than 1,000 current users.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: If you would like a copy of the complete corporate roadmap, contact Pyramid Technology, 800-289-7973/
 /CONTACT: Stuart McFaul of Pyramid Technology, 408-428-8460/
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