Linux NetworX expands market reach into Europe


Author: JT Smith

Linux NetworX announced today an international
partner/distributor agreement with France-based Athena Global Services. Athena
Global Services is the first authorized Linux NetworX distributor in Europe.


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 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 

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 ClusterWorX®, 
and RapidFlow(TM) switches. 

About Athena Global Services
Athena Global Services ( 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 ( 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.

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