BEAVERTON, Ore. and BOSTON - May 19, 2004 - The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux in the
enterprise, today announced that Bull HN Information Systems Inc. has joined OSDL and will strengthen the Lab's efforts to accelerate the growth and adoption
of Linux in the enterprise by participating in the Data Center Linux Working Group.
Bull HN Information Systems Inc., the company's global services operation, has been at the core of Bull's server and business strategy, offering high-level
expertise in operating systems, high-end technologies, software and hardware development.
Capitalizing on Bull HN's experience in large enterprise systems, Bull was one of the first server companies to rely on Linux for support of mainframe
environments on open standards-based servers. Bull's solutions and Linux combine the power of business-critical computing with the cost-effectiveness of
standards providing scalable infrastructures for the data center.
"As Linux and Open Source mature, companies and governments are rapidly learning that this innovative technology is a powerful cost-reduction solution that can
be used in high-end enterprise computing applications," said Carl Morelli, director, Interoperability Software Engineering at Bull. "Bull has been an active
contributor to a number of international Open Source projects and views its OSDL membership as an important way to amplify our investments and bring our
expertise in mainframe-class features to the development of Linux as an enterprise platform."
Linux is seeing growing acceptance across enterprises. Market research firm Gartner forecasts that Linux will power more than 21 percent of corporate servers
within the next three years.
"Linux is finding a home at the heart of the enterprise and we are pleased to welcome Bull to our Data Center Linux Working Group, which today includes more
than 20 of the world's leading IT companies," said Stuart Cohen, CEO of OSDL. "Bull brings us key server, mainframe and infrastructure knowledge and expertise
that will accelerate our efforts in delivering Linux solutions for high-end enterprise applications."
Bull designs and develops servers and software for open environments, integrating the most advanced technologies. Bull brings to customers its expertise and
know-how to help them in the transformation of their information systems and to optimize their IT infrastructures and their applications.
Bull is focused in the public sector, banking, finance, telecommunication and industry sectors. Capitalizing on its broad experience, the Group has a thorough
understanding of the business and specific processes of these sectors, thus enabling it to efficiently advise and support customers in these markets. Bull's
distribution network spreads to over 100 countries worldwide.
Bull has been an active contributor to a number of international Open Source projects, such as the Atlas Consortium to strengthen the Linux kernel and
development of the Java Application Server, JOnAS, within the ObjectWeb Consortium, of which Bull is a founding member.
For more information: http://www.bull.com
About Open Source Development Labs (OSDL)
OSDL - home to Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux - is dedicated to accelerating the growth and adoption of Linux. Founded in 2000 by CA, Hitachi, HP, IBM,
Intel and NEC, OSDL is a non-profit organization at the center of Linux supported by a global consortium of Linux customers and IT industry leaders. OSDL
sponsors industry-wide initiatives around Linux in telecommunications, in the enterprise data center and on corporate desktops. The Lab also provides Linux
expertise and computing and test facilities in the United States and Japan available to developers around the world. Visit OSDL on the Web at
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