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PYRAMID TECHNOLOGY ENDORSES MOVE BY X/OPEN AND NOVELL TOWARD UNIX STANDARDIZATION

 SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Pyramid Technology Corp. (NASDAQ: PYRD) today announced its endorsement for the agreement between X/Open Co. Ltd. and Novell Inc. to establish a single UNIX specification backed by a UNIX trademark. Under the agreement signed today, Novell will transfer the UNIX trademark to X/Open, the leading international open systems standards organization.
 Pyramid joins other leading open systems vendors in backing the agreement to support a single UNIX specification. This industry effort demonstrates a collective commitment to providing customers with scalable, compatible systems through the development of a common UNIX standard. Products bearing the UNIX trademark will adhere to the Spec 1170 application programming interface specification. This will allow customers the flexibility to choose the best solutions from a wide range of open systems vendors and improve network integration, without encountering compatibility problems.
 John Chen, president and chief operating officer of Pyramid, said, "Pyramid believes that the single specification, multiple implementation approach taken by Novell and X/Open is a win-win proposition for end users and vendors alike: End users can freely choose between compatible platforms and vendors can compete on the basis of their respective implementation strengths. Pyramid has been delivering UNIX-based solutions to commercial customers for over 10 years and has always pushed for standards to help propel open systems into Fortune 1000 companies. The X/Open/Novell agreement is a solid move in this direction and gives all of us in the industry a banner to rally around."
 The unified standard will provide a single specification for UNIX, with multiple implementations available from different vendors. Pyramid is committed to complying with forthcoming Spec 1170 specifications. The company's SVR4-based operating system, Data Center/OSx, is one of the leading open operating systems and has been optimized to meet the needs of client/server environments. DC(TM)/OSx(R) runs on all of Pyramid's high-end enterprise servers, including the recently announced Nile(TM) Series, the company's newest generation of fault-resilient open system servers for business-critical applications.
 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 fault resilient systems run the largest UNIX relational databases in the world, and are based on a symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) architecture that combines an enhanced UNIX operating system with the RISC processor technology. Pyramid's systems currently support up to 2,160 MIPS, thousands of transactions- per-second and more that 10,000 concurrent users in clustered configurations.
 NOTE: DC, Nile Series are trademarks and OSx is a registered trademark of Pyramid Technology.
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 /CONTACT: Elaine Knechtel or Barbara Bates of Eastwick Communications, 415-306-4191 or 415-306-4195, for Pyramid Technology/
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