Turbolinux Inc., today announced a worldwide strategic alliance to deliver
Enterprise Linux software and services for IBM's eServer zSeries mainframes
and iSeries and pSeries servers. The alliance combines engineering
collaboration with joint sales and marketing activities for upcoming
products and services originally based on the SuSE Enterprise Server for the
IBM eServer platforms.
The resulting offerings will be marketed and sold by
each company's respective brand and channels beginning in the fourth quarter
2002. With this strategic alliance in place, SuSE and Turbolinux will set
the global standard for enterprise Linux products and service offerings for
the IBM eServer platforms, which will be available through both the SuSE and
"This alliance between two Linux industry leaders will afford our enterprise
customers a compelling value proposition," said Steve Solazzo, general
manager, Linux, IBM. "The combined development, sales, and marketing
resources of Turbolinux and SuSE focused on this single, proven Linux
offering for the IBM eServer platforms will continue to ensure that Linux
will enjoy a prominent position in enterprise computing worldwide."
Both Turbolinux and SuSE are leading world wide Linux distributors and
market leaders in their respective areas: Turbolinux in Asia Pacific, and
SuSE in Europe. Both companies, under their existing separate brand names,
will continue to develop Linux solutions and services for the enterprise
"Our partnership with Turbolinux represents a strong team agreement that
combines Turbolinux's and SuSE's expertise for Linux and open source
solutions, with marketing scope and sales coverage," said Gregory Blepp, VP
International of SuSE Linux AG. "As a result our enterprise customers can
take advantage of easy and fast access to the enterprise Linux
solutions jointly delivered by SuSE and Turbolinux.
"This strategic alliance with SuSE provides products and services based on
global standards while optimizing local needs," said Koichi Yano, COO and
President of Turbolinux. "Our partnership with SuSE to enable Linux on the
IBM eServer series will accelerate the adoption of enterprise Linux in the
Asia-Pacific region among major enterprise customers."
About Turbolinux, Inc.
Founded in 1992, TurbolinuxÂ® Inc. is a global software company providing
Linux OS and solution for multi-platform. Backed by some of the world's
leading technology companies, including Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM,
Intel, NEC, Novell, Oracle, SGI and Toshiba, Turbolinux is headquartered in
Tokyo Japan with offices around the world. For more information, visit the
Turbolinux Web site at http://www.turbolinux.com
About SuSE Linux AG
SuSE Linux is the international technology leader and solutions provider in
Open Source operating system software. SuSE's unique expertise and its
largest development team worldwide dedicated to Open Source software has
contrbuted to the recognition of SuSE as the most complete Linux solution
available today. SuSE Linux is a privately held company focused entirely on
supporting the Linux community and Open Source development. For more
information, visit the SuSE Linux website at www.suse.com.