December 8, 1999

For Immediate Release

Empress Software Introduces Linux RDBMS on Internet Server Appliance

Greenbelt, MD. -- Empress Software, developers of the EMPRESS Relational Database Managment System, announces the immediate availability of the EMPRESS RDBMS on Cobalt Qube 2 , a leading Internet server appliance. EMPRESS RDBMS running on Cobalt Qube 2 is an integrated database management solution for building dynamic applications for the Web, e-commerce, networking, enterprise and more. Together, they deliver excellent performance and speed in the storage and retrieval of data.

EMPRESS and Cobalt Qube provides developers with a powerful development environment to leverage Internet technology for database fed applications. Cobalt Qube 2, a network server appliance pre-configured with the Linux operating system, has flexible, high speed Internet connectivity options to enable users to quickly and easily connect to the Internet. Thus ISPs can provide Web services to an individual user or extend services to hundreds of users by deploying more Cobalt Qubes. Empress' advanced tools for Internet computing include an ANSI-SQL database, an Internet application development toolkit, a JDBC interface, and Perl, XML, and Tcl/tk interfaces.

"The evolution of business online is rapidly transforming how business is done as companies integrate Internet technology into their core business practices," said John Kornatowski, CEO of Empress Software. "EMPRESS and Cobalt Qube are both engineered and optimized for outstanding performance, reliability and ease of use, jointly delivering our customers an integrated, cost-effective Web development environment."

Among EMPRESS RDBMS's chief assets in computing on Cobalt Qube 2 are speed and performance. Empress provides high-performance through its solid, multi-tiered database architecture, powered by a fast and compact database engine. The EMPRESS RDBMS delivers fast bulk data handling with performance approaching flat file access speeds. The extensible architecture of EMPRESS and Cobalt Qube make it easy to develop, integrate, and deploy Internet based applications.

Empress Software develops and supports the Empress Relational Database Management System. The EMPRESS RDBMS is one of the most powerful and cost- effective development databases especially designed for developers operating on UNIX, Windows or real-time environments. Empress has been utilized successfully in diverse fields including image and voice management, telecommunications, medical systems, telephony systems, geographical information systems and network management.

For more information about Empress, please call 301-220-1919. Check our web site at or send e-mail to You can write to us at Empress Software, 6401 Golden Triangle Drive, Greenbelt, MD, 20770.

Empress Software Inc.                 Empress Software Inc.
3100 Steeles Ave East                 6401 Golden Triangle Drive
Markham, Ontario, Canada              Greenbelt, MD 20770, USA
Phone: (905) 513-8888                 Phone: (301) 220-1919
Fax:   (905) 513-1668                 Fax:   (301) 220-1997                

Empress Software and EMPRESS RDBMS are trademarks of Empress Software, Inc. Cobalt Qube is a trademark of Cobalt Networks, Inc.