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IBM Ships Major New Release of Operating System for AS/400

Largest single OS/400 release in recent years delivers e-commerce to small-medium businesses

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SOMERS, N.Y - 17 May 1999: . . . IBM today announced that it will begin shipping a major new release of the operating system that runs on its popular AS/400 commercial business servers.

IBM said this functionally-rich version of OS/400 is the largest single release of new function and code on the AS/400 in recent years. Its more than 3.2 million new lines of code were written primarily for e-business, providing small to mid-sized customers a powerful engine to exploit e-commerce opportunities on the Internet.

Early industry users are already calling OS/400 Version 4 Release 4 (V4R4) one of the highest quality and most stable releases in AS/400 history.

"Even as an Alpha-tester, we couldn't break V4R4," said Al Barsa of Barsa Consulting, a White Plains, New York consultant firm and long-time AS/400 user. "That's unusual when you consider the significant new function it contains. In terms of stability, V4R4 is the Rock of Gibraltar."

The new operating system release will be generally available to customers worldwide beginning Friday, May 21. This announcement comes just nine months after the release of OS/400 V4R3. Its aggressive delivery schedule and new features reflect IBM's focus on delivering servers that support high-volume Internet traffic for enterprise resource planning, Lotus Notes/Domino, Java and business intelligence.

"Customers are demanding more e-business function and performance," said Tom Jarosh, general manager, IBM AS/400. "The V4R4 software enhancements announced today continue to build upon AS/400 leadership in scalability, reliability, security, and manageability -- necessities for doing business on the Internet."

Key features of the new operating system include:

The new operating system, OS/400 V4R4 will run on all 64-bit RISC AS/400e servers.

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*Large Object support, data link, user defined types, and user defined function support will be delivered as a database EnhancePak during 4th quarter 1999.

Additional information about IBM and AS/400 can be found at http://www.ibm.com and http://www.as400.ibm.com.