partner/distributor agreement with France-based Athena Global Services. Athena
Global Services is the first authorized Linux NetworX distributor in Europe.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Linux NetworX Expands Market Reach into Europe Cluster Computer Company Developing International Market Penetration SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, May 8, 2001 - Linux NetworX, a leading provider of powerful and easy-to-manage Linux cluster computing solutions, announced today an international partner/distributor agreement with France-based Athena Global Services. Athena Global Services, a leading value-added distributor of new IT technologies in France, is the first authorized Linux NetworX distributor in Europe. Athena Global Services plans to sell Linux NetworX Evolocity(TM) clusters to French organizations demanding high performance computing (HPC) and high performance Internet solutions. As a new LNXI Cluster Partner, Athena Global Services will have access to a Linux cluster demo unit, product training, lead referrals and marketing collateral. International sales are not new to Linux NetworX, which was recently named the Utah and Regional Exporter or the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Japan-based Best Systems Inc. has led the way in helping to grow international sales for Linux NetworX by opening up lucrative markets in Asia. Clustering is a method of linking multiple computers, or compute nodes, together to form a unified and more powerful system. Linux NetworX shipped the world's first commercial Linux cluster system in 1997, and focuses on providing the most advanced and easy-to-manage clusters on the market. "In France, we have several customers demanding turnkey Linux clusters for their HPC and high availability needs - we're already working with some potential customers," said, Thierry Cossavella, general manager for Athena Global Services. "Linux clustering is a proven technology, and a lot of organizations in Europe are seeking the completely integrated, ready-to-use and easy-to-manage clusters that Linux NetworX offers." With reseller partners already established in the United States, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Egypt and now Europe, Linux NetworX aims to continue expanding its reach into other top international markets. Companies can find out more about the LNXI Cluster Partner Program by visiting www.linuxnetworx.com/partner/ or calling 1-800-214-9100. "Increasing our market presence through strong partners like Athena Global Services is one of our key strategies to grow sales internationally," said Clark Roundy, vice president of sales and marketing for Linux NetworX. "The demand for powerful clustering solutions worldwide makes this an exciting program for us and our partners." Products available for resell include the entire Evolocity product line of cluster systems. Evolocity systems are fully integrated cluster solutions including a proprietary hardware design, Linux NetworX cluster management software ClusterWorXÂ®, and RapidFlow(TM) switches. About Athena Global Services Athena Global Services (www.athena-gs.com) is a French organization which offers turn-key solutions to assist IT companies in developing and expanding their business in the French market. Athena Global Services is first and foremost a result-oriented sales and distribution organization with contacts and strong relationships with distribution, VAR/resellers, system integrators and large accounts. Not only will Athena Global Services set up strong presence, we will distribute through the right channels and help create pull. Athena Global Services offers companies the opportunity to have a strong French local sales and marketing beachhead. Athena Global Service's comprehensive approach to the French marketplace, marketing and operations provides a solid platform upon which foreign vendors can build international business. About Linux NetworX. Linux NetworX (www.linuxnetworx.com) brings its powerful cluster technology to those demanding high availability and high performance systems. With the use of cluster computer technology, Linux NetworX provides solutions for companies with high performance and high-computing needs, including research, industry, government, Web serving, ISPs, ASPs, and other technological fields. Through innovative hardware, complete cluster management software and professional service and support, Linux NetworX provides end-to-end clustering solutions. To date, the company has built some of the largest cluster systems in the world. # # # Linux is a registered trademark owned by Linus Torvalds. All other products, services and companies are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. CONTACT: Brad Rutledge Laetitia Bonnot Linux NetworX Athena Press 801-562-1010 ext. 218 01.55.89.08.88 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com