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PYRAMID INTRODUCES MAINFRAME-CLASS MISERVER ES SERIES; ES SERIES SETS NEW ORACLE TPC-A RECORD OF 645 TPS AND 768 MIPS

 PYRAMID INTRODUCES MAINFRAME-CLASS MISERVER ES SERIES;
 ES SERIES SETS NEW ORACLE TPC-A RECORD OF 645 TPS AND 768 MIPS
 SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Pyramid Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: PYRD) today announced the availability of the MIServer(R) ES Series -- a family of mainframe-class servers designed to help customers "open their proprietary data centers" to the cost and flexibility benefits of open systems. The ES Series is the only high-availability mainframe alternative which scales to 24 processors and delivers 768 million instructions per second (MIPs).
 The MIServer ES Series is the cornerstone of Pyramid's strategy to deliver the technology, partners and service necessary to meet the needs of large-scale, commercial data center computing. Its record-breaking performance of 645.19 transactions per second (tps-A local) running Oracle's Version 7 relational database management system makes it the industry leader in a transaction-intensive computing environment.
 "Corporations worldwide are looking to open systems to reduce cost of ownership while distributing information in a more efficient manner," said Edward W. Scott Jr., executive vice president of Pyramid. "Delivering a system with the power, capacity and scalability of the ES Series is essential to this process; however, solution providers must also deliver a comprehensive set of applications and services to meet the needs of the data center. Today's announcement of the ES Series, Pyramid's Partners Program and its Data Center Support Strategy demonstrate our expertise in providing a complete data center environment based on open systems standards."
 Enterprise-Wide Computing
 "Opening the Data Center"(TM) encompasses a broad range of customer requirements -- from enhancing an existing data center by building new applications on open systems database and application servers -- to offloading mainframe applications onto peer open systems servers in the data center -- or finally replacing the mainframe by developing an open systems host alternative.
 To meet the demands of today's distributed, enterprise-wide networks, servers must scale to the processing requirements of an office environment supporting a dozen users all the way up to a data center host supporting thousands of concurrent users. Pyramid's new MIServer ES Series is comprised of the MIServer ES Series Model MIS 2-ES containing two to four RISC processors, the MIServer ES Series Model MIS 4-ES supporting from two to eight RISC processors and the MIServer ES Series Model MIS 12-ES supporting from two to 24 RISC processors, more than doubling the processing power of the previous MIServer Series.
 The new systems use the Integrated Device Technology R3002AE RISC processor, which is a custom design for Pyramid based on the MIPS R3000 architecture. The ES processor board provides up to 260 percent performance improvement over the current MIServer S Series board.
 Scalable, Linear Performance -- Data Center(TM) OSx(R) 1.1
 The symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) implementation which allowed Pyramid to go from a 12 to 24 processor system architecture is in its third generation since Pyramid first introduced SMP for the UNIX operating system in 1984. Pyramid's Data Center(TM) OSx(R) 1.1 (DC|TM~/OSx), is a standards-compliant UNIX System V Release 4, SMP operating system with unparalleled performance which scales linearly as CPUs are added.
 DC/OSx 1.1, available with the MIServer ES series (as well as with the MIServer S Series), supports critical features for mainframe class computing environments including:
 -- Fairshare(TM) -- for resource management;
 -- Network Queuing System -- to help manage large batch processing jobs;
 -- Commercial Security Package -- for system security and availability;
 -- Reliant File System (RxFS)(TM) -- for fast file system recovery, availability and integrity; and
 -- Pyramid FastTRAC(TM) -- for high speed tape backup, up to eight times faster than conventional UNIX.
 High Availability for Opening the Data Center
 With the introduction of the MIServer ES Series and DC/OSx 1.1, Pyramid has extended its high-availability leadership with features and products including:
 Availability Management(TM) Subsystem
 The diagnostic architecture of the MIServer ES series provides a full suite of on-line and off-line diagnostic tests through the Availability Management Subsystem (AMS). A dedicated on-board availability monitor and problem resolution subsystem, AMS monitors system events, supports rapid problem investigation and resolution, and where possible, resolves problems without operator intervention. The direct result of this proactive monitoring is higher system availability and faster problem resolution.
 High Availability Array Subsystem
 Pyramid's High Availability Array Subsystem (HAAS) is designed to provide the high availability and data integrity necessary for mission-critical data center computing. Each HAAS module can be configured with two cooling systems, two power supplies and quadruple SCSI interfaces. Should one of these components fail, it can be removed from service while its counterpart remains fully functional. HAAS also provides exceptional serviceability advantages.
 Most HAAS components are field-replaceable units (FRUs) that are "pluggable" and require no tools, recabling or remounting, allowing for quick and easy removal and replacement. Additionally, HAAS supports RAID environments to provide high transfer rates, increased availability and very efficient I/O -- all necessary in today's data center.
 Pricing and Availability
 The entire MIServer ES Series is available immediately. The beginning configured package price for MIServer 2 ES is $120,000, including 32 Mbytes of memory, two RISC processors and one Gbyte disk. The minimum configured package price for an MIServer 4 ES is $235,000, and includes 32 Mbytes of memory, two RISC processors and a one Gbyte disk. Pricing for an MIServer 12 ES packaged configuration begins at $280,000, and includes 32 Mbytes of memory, two RISC processors and a one Gbyte disk.
 DC/OSx is available for use immediately with the MIServer ES Series, also introduced today. Users of Pyramid's MIServer S Series can upgrade from DC/OSx 1.0 to 1.1 at no additional cost if they subscribe to Pyramid's Software Maintenance Program.
 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: DataCenter, DC, FairShare, Reliant File System (RxFS), FastTRAC are trademarks and OSx and MIServer are registered trademarks of Pyramid Technology Corp. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective companies.
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 /CONTACT: Beth Johnson of Pyramid Technology, 408-428-8460/
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