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PYRAMID DEMONSTRATES FIRST SVR4 ORACLE PARALLEL SERVER; HIGH AVAILABILITY FAULT-TOLERANT DISTRIBUTED LOCK MANAGER

 PYRAMID DEMONSTRATES FIRST SVR4 ORACLE PARALLEL SERVER;
 HIGH AVAILABILITY FAULT-TOLERANT DISTRIBUTED LOCK MANAGER
 SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- At the 1992 UniForum trade show (booth 2631), Pyramid Technology Corp. (NASDAQ: PYRD) and Oracle Corp. will demonstrate the first UNIX(R) System V Release 4 (SVR4) implementation of the ORACLE Parallel Server(TM) RDBMS on its MIServer(TM) S Series high-availability transaction server. The combined technologies allow users running applications on multiple Pyramid MIServers to access a single shared ORACLE(R) database. This capability now enables clusters of MIServers to support very large user communities that could previously only be served by mainframes. The demonstration at UniForum is the result of a tightly knit cooperative engineering effort between Pyramid and Oracle. Together they have designed a series of features, including a fault-tolerant distributed lock manager, to assure the high availability necessary to support mission-critical, enterprise-wide applications.
 "ORACLE Parallel Server complements our Availability Assurance(TM) program exceptionally well," said Edward W. Scott, Jr., executive vice president for Pyramid. "Our experience with very large UNIX database customers has proven that superior performance is not enough. They expect the high availability features necessary to run mission critical applications, and ORACLE Parallel Server, combined with our transaction servers, delivers just such assurance."
 "As a result of our joint development efforts with Pyramid, we are able to demonstrate the first implementation of the ORACLE Parallel Server running in a clustered UNIX environment," said James Sha, vice president of Oracle's UNIX Products Division. "The unique combination of the ORACLE Parallel Server and Pyramid's high-availability clustered systems will provide the kind of solution for critical business applications that has, up to now, only been available in the proprietary world."
 Pyramid has developed a platform-specific fault-tolerant distributed lock manager. This high-availability feature coordinates transactions across multiple systems and allows for uninterrupted processing should one system fail. Unlike non-fault-tolerant implementations, in the event of a failure, users on the surviving systems continue uninterrupted while the failed system can be brought back on-line with minimal disruption and full data integrity. ENDORSED BY PYRAMID STRATEGIC PARTNERS
 "We are pleased that Pyramid continues to demonstrate its high-end technology leadership with Oracle, a key reason we selected them as an OEM partner," said Howard L. Mitchell, assistant vice president -- High Performance Servers, of AT&T/NCR. "Very high availability UNIX clusters are essential to our customers who need to support large numbers of on-line users. The work being done by Pyramid serves as the basis for the value added by our R&D team to design complex architectures, such as those used by Universal Credit Card where four System 7000s support its billing system."
 "Clustering up to four systems will be key for our large banking and financial services customers who require both high transaction volumes and very high system reliability in order to off-load their mainframe applications," said Elserino Piol, president of Olivetti Systems and Networks, which markets the LMX Series based on Pyramid's MIServer. PYRAMID'S HIGH AVAILABILITY WITH ORACLE'S PARALLEL SERVER
 Pyramid's enhanced SVR4 implementation of ORACLE Parallel Server provides a high degree of system availability. Not only is the lock manager designed with high availability in mind, but Pyramid's shared mirrored disk subsystem will allow multiple copies of data to reside on separate disks. This redundancy will provide the data integrity necessary in large mission-critical database environments. Pyramid also provides a Configuration Manager that will simplify and automate the administration of multiple node configurations supporting thousands of Oracle users.
 When ORACLE Parallel Server is combined with Pyramid's MIServer Reliant(TM) technology, the result will be a fault resilient enterprise server. In the event of a failure, not only are users logged on to the continuing system assured of system access, but users and applications on the failed system will automatically be switched over to the live systems. COMPANY BACKGROUND
 Founded in 1981 and based in Mountain View, Calif., Pyramid Technology builds and markets the MIServer line of high-performance, high-availability servers to the open commercial marketplace. Pyramid's systems are based on a symmetric multiprocessor architecture that combines an enhanced UNIX operating system with reduced instruction set computing (RISC) technology. Pyramid MIServers offer from 10 to 300 MIPS, delivering over 400 transactions-per-second, and can effectively support over 1,000 concurrent users.
 UNIX is a registered trademark of UNIX System Laboratories. MIServer, Availability Assurance and Reliant are trademarks of Pyramid Technology Corp. ORACLE and ORACLE Parallel Server are trademarks of Oracle Corp.
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