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London, 5 June 2002 – Aruna plc, the UK-based developer of information access software, today announced that its flagship product, Aruna Companion, is now an IBM ServerProven Business Solution. Combining the power of Aruna’s software and IBM’s eServer xSeries further accelerates the speed with which business users are able to interact with large volumes of their corporate data.

An advanced information access platform, Aruna Companion allows business users to analyse data across multiple sources and locations, whether on the web or within corporate databases. Queries may also be asked in plain English from user’s desktops without IT expertise. Based upon new mathematical algorithms, it copies and compresses all the original data from multiple data sources into a unified form, known as the Query Data Set (QDS), removing the load from existing databases and enabling queries to run at search engine speed.

One customer that is already reaping the benefits of the partnership between Aruna and IBM is, the UK’s largest on-line directory enquiry service.

Dominic Blackburn, business development director at, comments: “Our massive raw data content and high user volume requirements necessitated a high performance, scaleable and future-proof solution to support them. Using Aruna’s software, Aruna Companion, and IBM’s eServer xSeries hardware in tandem, the service has exceeded our most optimistic expectations in terms of search capacity and power. With over 500,000 database queries and a capacity to search over 100 trillion records each day, it is nothing short of phenomenal.”

Mark McLellan, head of product strategy, Aruna, comments: “We know that our customers don’t want the implementation and setup difficulties that come with some products, which is why we validated our software to run on xSeries servers. Customers can buy our solution with confidence knowing that all the components have been thoroughly tested to work together in real-world environments.

As part of IBM’s ServerProven program, Aruna will take advantage of technical support and special joint marketing programmes, enabling the company to place more focus on selling and implementing the solution and increasing its market share.

Simon Baxendale, IBM eServer Sales Manager says: " We were impressed with
the ease by which Aruna Companion passed our server certifications and the performance it delivered. This provides a comprehensive solution for customers looking to implement information access systems on a leading edge server platform.”


About Aruna

Aruna plc is a leading developer of breakthrough technologies that enable intelligent access to large structured data sources for corporate clients. Its flagship product, Aruna Companion is an Information Access Platform providing a search engine for large structured data that improves decision making through its ability to access, query and analyse business information from most data sources whilst maximising investment in current and legacy systems.

Aruna's platform works in conjunction with existing transactional and data warehouse systems to unlock data and enable its rapid exploitation through natural language querying or the current reporting tools familiar to the client. Companion also provides the ability to create and maintain both application and web interfaces and the development and management of information using business rules. Supporting unification of inputs from multiple databases and operating on Windows 2000, Aruna Companion can be applied to a range of business solutions, from intelligent web environments to interactive corporate reporting.

Due to the flexible nature of its software, Aruna's market is wide ranging. Aruna Companion is currently being applied by leading organisations within the Finance, Banking, Insurance, Telecoms, and Utilities sectors.

For further information:

Karin Clark/Sara Toal
Write Image
Tel: + 44 (0) 207 959 5400

Martin Gandar

Aruna plc
Tel: + 44 (0) 207 902 5361

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