April 22, 2008

Plat’Home Introduces “Tough Love,” Small, Low-Cost Linux Server for Zero Maintenance Use

Compact OpenMicroServer already used by thousands of businesses in Asia and tested by Shimizu Corporation, a Top 5 Japanese Contractor, in high-technology disaster prevention systems
SAN JOSE, Calif.ââ¬âApril 21, 2008ââ¬â Plat'Home, Japanââ¬â¢s Linux technology pioneer, today announced its OpenMicroServerTM, a small, tough, easy-to-use, easy-to-configure solution for growing companies, is available to North American customers. Platââ¬â¢Homeââ¬â¢s OpenMicroServer has been built and tested to provide high reliability for customers who do not have much extra room, and are likely to largely ignore the machine for weeks and months after initial installation.

The MicroServer series, of which the OpenMicroServer is the most recent model, has been deployed widely in Japan and Asia since 2001. It is a core technology in the experimental disaster prevention system of Shimizu Corporationââ¬â¢s Safety and Security Center. Shimizu Corporation has over US $14 billion in annual revenue and is widely recognized as one of the top 5 contractors in Japan.

"Japan is situated on the Pacific ââ¬ÅRim of Fire,ââ¬Â so it is important to take into consideration how technology handles earthquakes and other natural events. We needed a server that could handle extreme conditions but was not as expensive as specialized hardware," said Hideo Kobayashi, lead researcher of the Shimizu Institute of Technology Incubation Center. "Platââ¬â¢Homeââ¬â¢s OpenMicroServer allows us to build safer systems for our customers."

Key features of the Platââ¬â¢Home OpenMicroServer include:

ââ¬Â¢ Compact design (9'' x 4'' x 1.3'')
ââ¬Â¢ Integrated Power over Ethernet (PoE)
ââ¬Â¢ Stable long-term operation up to 122ðF when using PoE functionality (based on 625-day endurance test)
ââ¬Â¢ 400 MHz AMD Alchemy (MIPS) processor
ââ¬Â¢ 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports, 1x 100MBit Ethernet (PoE capable) port
ââ¬Â¢ 2 USB 2.0 ports and 2 serial ports (RJ45 connector)

"The OpenMicroServer has what we like to think of as very ââ¬ËJapanese characteristics.ââ¬â¢ It doesnââ¬â¢t stand out, and it doesnââ¬â¢t complain. It just gets the job done. This 4th generation product ââ¬â selling since 2001 ââ¬â fits small and large companies that need reliability,ââ¬Â said Tomoyasu Suzuki, president of Plat'Home. ââ¬ÅTuck it in the server room, set it up, and you can depend on it to keep doing its job. ââ¬Å

Platââ¬â¢Home makes devices available for test evaluation by qualified prospective enterprise customers in the U.S. and Japan. For information on how to test your applications on a OpenMicroServer on your network, please contact Platââ¬â¢Home at support@plathome.com.

About Plat'Home
Plat'Home Co.,Ltd. introduced the fledgling Linux operating system to Japan when it was founded in 1993. Plat'Home introduced the first server line under its own brand in 1996, and went public at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2000. Plat'Home is First Partner for SoftEther, developer of the revolutionary VPN software PacketiX VPN. In 2007, Plat'Home established its first U.S. subsidiary, in San Jose, California, to introduce Japanese IT products to new markets. For more information, please contact Plat'Home USA Ltd. at sales@plathome.com.

Link: plathome.com


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