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CoSort for Linux Ships on IBM eServer zSeries Mainframes

SMP Sort Software Migrates Legacy Sort Calls to Open Systems

Melbourne, Fla. (April 7, 2003) – Innovative Routines International (IRI), Inc. (The CoSort Company) today announced the availability of its flagship Sort/ETL package, CoSort V8, for IBM eServer zSeries running Linux. The announcement comes two years after CoSort Linux, Version 7.5.3, was ported to IBM eServer iSeries platforms, and seven years after CoSort was first ported to Linux on Intel.

This CoSort version enables mainframe sort users in OS/390, MVS and VSE environments to easily migrate their jobs to IBM's zSeries servers running Linux. CoSort's sort control language (SortCL) program and its JCL sort parm migration tools rapidly convert, preserve, and execute mainframe sort, merge, and report jobs on 'open systems' platforms like Linux, AIX, OS/400, Solaris, HP-UX, Tru64 UNIX, and Windows.

SortCL is CoSort's high-level data definition and manipulation interface for: mainframe sort/report functional migrations; flat file data warehouse extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL); report generation; and, application development. In a single pass through one or more sequential data sources in one or more formats, SortCL can select, sort, merge, join, convert, cross-calculate, aggregate, reformat, and send data to one or more output targets in one or more formats. For eCRM and "data webhouse" analysis of web logs and internet traffic, SortCL features direct collation and grouping of IP address data, metadata conversion for W3C ELF files, support for manual HTML/SGML report encoding, and inner and outer joins.

In addition to the functional replacement and upgrade of their legacy sorting applications, zSeries users can also expect superior processing performance from CoSort's V8 symmetric multi-processing (SMP), or parallel, sort engine. As the premier provider of sort rehosting software, we are excited to see CoSort on zSeries bringing legacy sort users to UNIX while keeping their processing and enterprise data on mainframe hardware," observed IRI Business Development VP David Friedland. "CoSort on zSeries combines open systems data processing with mainframe power -- very fast, very large sorting and data manipulation at much lower costs. This is meaningful for MIS directors looking to save CPU cycles and dollars by integrating and staging their production data on one or more available Linux partitions."

"CoSort tools allow IBM eServer zSeries customers using Linux to save time when making decisions, which is critical in today's dynamic e-business environment," said Joan Meltzer, director, IBM eServer brand planing. "This announcement affirms IBM's commitment to delivering integrated, enterprise-class Linux solutions to our customers."

About CoSort / IRI, Inc.

CoSort is the world's first, fastest, and most widely licensed commercial sort package on multi-CPU UNIX and Windows platforms. CoSort features several end-user and programmer interfaces to a parallel processing sort algorithm in coroutine architecture. Included in its hardware-based, perpetual use prices are: third-party sort replacement and mainframe conversion tools; data warehouse ETL and reporting functionality; SMP resource tuning; on-line documentation; and, support from some 30 international offices. In its 25th year, IRI can be reached via 1-800-333-SORT, or www.cosort.com.

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The IBM eServer brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo with the descriptive term "server" following it. CoSort is a registered trademark of Innovative Routines International, Inc.