Under terms of the agreement, Conectiva's sales force and reseller channels will sell Caldera's products and services. Specifically, Caldera will provide the Volution product and services family of messaging and systems management solutions, as well as the company's Open UNIX and OpenServer UNIX solutions into Brazil, with future possibilities of extending the relationship to the rest of the Latin American market. In addition, Conectiva and Caldera will partner to provide customer support, training and professional services for the companies' mutual customers.
According to IDC, Linux server software experienced 24 percent growth in Brazil last year, compared to 21 percent growth for Microsoft Windows( server software.
"Expanding our relationship with Conectiva was a natural extension of the UnitedLinux initiative," said Darl McBride, president and CEO of Caldera. "With 70 percent of the Linux market share in Latin America, Conectiva is in a better position to more economically and efficiently service the business customers in this important market. This also facilitates business with customers and partners who need to seamlessly deploy business solutions throughout the Americas by facilitating a united product, service and support model."
"This contract is extremely important for both companies," said Sandro Nunes Henrique, Conectiva's director. "Working together, we will provide customers with greater products and services than our two companies could have provided separately. This way, IT executives will benefit with more confidence in their technology and the companies providing that technology. We are making it easier for decision making with regards to their systems in Brazil."
"As one of Caldera's main business partners in Latin America, OS&T is very excited about this new partnership with Caldera and Conectiva," said Rosangela Martins, president of OS&T Informatica Ltda, a long-time Caldera reseller in Brazil. "Through this relationship we can more easily harness the strengths of Linux and UNIX for our customers."
Conectiva S.A. is a private company specializing in services, development and distribution of the Linux operating system in Latin America. The Company has received investments from ABN AMRO Bank and LatinTech Capital. Conectiva has a network of partners, the Conectiva Business Channel, that offers support, consulting and training throughout the region. The Company commercializes and implements solutions based on open source software in vertical markets, corporations, educational and other governmental entities. Conectiva is a Brazilian company, based in Curitiba, Parana, with offices in S?o Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Brasilia and Porto Alegre.
Caldera International, Inc.
Caldera International (Nasdaq: CALD) provides "Powerful Choices" for businesses through its UNIX, Linux and Volution product lines and services. Based in Lindon, UT, Caldera has representation in 82 countries and 16,000+ resellers worldwide. Caldera Global Services provides reliable localized support and services to partners and customers. For more information on Caldera products and services, visit http://www.caldera.com.
Caldera, the Caldera logos, Caldera Volution, OpenLinux, SCO and the associated SCO logo, and SCO OpenServer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Caldera International, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Caldera Global Services is a service mark of Caldera International, Inc. UNIX and UnixWare, used under an exclusive license, are registered trademarks of The Open Group in the United States and other countries. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. All other brand or product names are or may be trademarks of, and are used to identify products or services of, their respective owners.
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