REDMOND, Wash. – December 8, 2004

CONNX Solutions Partnership with Barnard Software Produces a Rock-Solid Solution for VSAM-VSE Users

CONNX Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of high performance simplified data access and integration software solutions, announces its partnership with Barnard Software, Inc., (BSI) a software development company that develops, supports, and markets software solutions worldwide for users of IBM's VSE operating system.

The goal of the partnership is to provide the VSE users community with best-in-class IT solutions. This is accomplished by CONNX Solutions adding support for Barnard Software’s TCP/IP stack to its flagship product CONNX. With the release of CONNX version 9.0, the CONNX for VSAM-VSE module provides support for the Barnard TCP/IP stack. The Barnard/CONNX Solutions partnership enables users of VSE/ESA and the Barnard TCP/IP stack to access enterprise data stored on any of the many databases CONNX supports, regardless of where that data resides. This will result in better and easier integration of the VSE data with the rest of the IT environment.

“This will be a great solution for the VSE community because this is an extremely low overhead, very high-performance solution,” said John Andrews, V.P. of Sales and Marketing at CONNX Solutions.

"Using TCP/IP-TOOLS and CONNX for VSAM-VSE will give the VSE customer a rock-solid solution,” said Teri Barnard, Director of Sales at BSI.

About CONNX Solutions
CONNX provides businesses secure read/write real-time access to all enterprise data from any platform as if all the data existed in one relational database. This technology has been referred to as a "federated database" or a "virtual database." All data is then accessible using standard ANSI SQL and any standards-based application. CONNX acts as a reusable data access framework for projects throughout the enterprise. CONNX supports Adabas (currently OS/390, z/OS, and Windows platforms); Microsoft SQL Server (on all platforms); Sybase (on all platforms); Informix (on all platforms); C-ISAM, DISAM, and Micro Focus (on Linux, AIX, Sun, Solaris, and SCO operating systems); IBM VSAM (on z/OS, OS/390, MVS, and VSE); IBM DB2 (on all platforms); Oracle (on all platforms); RMS, Rdb, and Codasyl DBMS (on OpenVMS and VMS platforms); PostGreSQL (on all platforms); Dataflex; POWERflex; and any OLE DB, ODBC, or JDBC data source.

About Barnard Software
Barnard Software, Inc. (BSI) is a software development company. BSI develops, supports and markets several software solutions worldwide for users of IBM's VSE/ESA operating system. BSI also provides VSE/ESA performance and tuning consulting services. BSI works very closely with its VSE/ESA customers to find the best System/390 solutions to fit their needs for today and tomorrow. BSI developed and is marketing a product line called TCP/IP-TOOLS, which is targeted at the growing TCP/IP market for the VSE customer. These tools include a VSE/ESA TCP/IP Communications stack, FTP Client/Server, TN3270E Servers, LPR, GZIP, Batch Email Client, NTP Client/Server and Remote Execution Facility. BSI developed and markets the system performance OPTI-product line including: OPTI-AUDIT, OPTI-CACHE, OPTI-TAPE and OPTI-WORKLOAD. BSI is an Ohio corporation, which has been in business since 1993. All development, technical support, administrative, sales, and marketing operations are conducted at its corporate headquarters in Lake Mary, Florida.

CONNX Solutions and CONNX are registered trademarks of CONNX Solutions. All other trademarks are acknowledged.