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First XML database For Mainframes

Bracknell, UK, 12th January, 2001 - Tamino XML Database, Software AG's native XML database, now runs on SuSE Linux Enterprise Server for S/390. This operating system - from SuSE Linux AG - is the Linux version that IBM employs for S/390 mainframes. Essentially, this means that Software AG has added mainframes to the list of Tamino-supported platforms and its users can exploit XML for their existing mainframe applications and equip these applications for the world of electronic business. By choosing Linux and S/390, the company is placing its confidence in a platform characterised by excellent scalability and high availability. Tamino XML Database is the core of Software AG's Tamino XML Platform, the first complete XML-based architecture for developing, processing and storing documents in XML format.

By combining Tamino's performance with Linux's stability, Software AG and SuSE Linux AG have created a solution geared to enterprises who want to exploit their reliable mainframes for electronic business. Linux offers very high scalability not just to small and medium-sized businesses, but also to large-scale environments - particularly with the extended functionality added to the Linux kernel from distributors, like SuSE. "We can look back on many years of successful cooperation with SuSE," comments Gert Schroeter, Director Industry Marketing at Software AG. "SuSE has extensive expertise in the area of Linux for Intel and Linux for S/390. The positive experiences we have had with our joint projects have proven we have made the right decision."
Software AG ported Tamino in just a few weeks, in cooperation with SuSE and a close coordination with IBM. The IBM S/390 mainframe can host up to 30,000 virtual Linux servers concurrently, making SuSE Linux for S/390 mainframes the operating system of choice for enterprise servers.

A Software AG Global Alliance Partner, SuSE Linux AG has been working successfully with Software AG on the development, support and sale of database products for several years now. Markus Kraft, Head of Development of SuSE Linux for S/390 at SuSE, emphasises: "Thanks to Software AG's expertise in XML and their professional cooperation, we have been able to produce a high-performance XML platform." He continues, "Tamino XML Database is the optimum choice for electronic business applications with very high transaction and access rates."

Through its close cooperation with SuSE and IBM, Software AG is aiming to provide broad support for open-source operating systems with its products and services.

Tamino XML Database for SuSE Linux on S/390 is now available through Software AG or its distributors. The cost of a Tamino XML Database license is based on the customary price structure for mainframes and is calculated according to the processing power of the customer's installed system.

- About Software AG

Software AG, Darmstadt, Germany, is Europe’s largest system software provider and a major global player offering cutting edge technology for data management and electronic business. Since 1998 the company has focused its development activities on XML products for the Internet. With more than 2,700 employees and representatives in 60 countries, Software AG achieved sales revenue of Euro 366 million in 1999. Its distribution and technology partners include market leaders such as IBM, Microsoft and SCO as well as innovative IT solutions providers like Extensibility, Softquad and Instranet. Software AG’s products control the central IT processes of thousands of renowned companies worldwide. Some examples of these are Lufthansa, British Sky Broadcasting, ZDF, Dresdner Bank AG, Deutsche Bahn AG (German Rail), BP and VIAG Interkom. Software AG is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (MDAX, Security identification number 724260 / SOWG.F). Software AG’s UK offices are located in Bracknell and Derby.

For more information on Software AG, please contact:

Julia Davis

Marketing Manager

Software AG

Tel: +44 (0) 1344 403 800

Paul Wooding

MCC International

Tel: +44 (0)1962 888109

Fax: +44 (0)1962 888125


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