November 18, 2004

VA Linux Releases VA Balance, a New Load Balancer

Shuji Sado writes "All-in-one Suites Based on Linux OS Will Achieve Scalable Load
Balancing and High Availability Solution for Local Area Networks

Tokyo, Japan, Nov 18, 2004 -- VA Linux, a leading provider of Linux
solutions for the telecommunications and enterprise systems markets,
today announced the release of 'VA Balance', a highly effective,
high-availability load balancing software fully integrated with Linux
OS and ideally suited to enterprise systems. Advance sales of the VA
Balance solution, which satisfies a wide range of systems
requirements, will begin immediately, while delivery and full customer
support for the system will be available from January 2005.

VA Balance consists of UltraMonkey, a scalable open source load
balancing software, and VA Core, a GNU/Linux system based on Debian;
both are developed by VA Linux.
VA Balance is a fully integrated solution. The
control-configuration-monitoring framework provided by VA Core and the
special UltraMonkey load balancing software optimized for VA Core are
tightly linked and provide an effective and robust load balancing
solution ideal for local area networks.

"Since its inception, VA Linux has been committed to cutting-edge
technology and core competences such as Linux kernel," said Tetsuya
Ueda, President and CEO of VA Linux in Tokyo. "VA Balance is epochal
for our company since it is our first entirely original product, and
we are very proud of the technology and the results. VA Linux fully
understands each of the system's components, from OS to application
software, and can adapt them as required. We are thrilled at
introducing VA Balance to the market, since this is the fruit of our
commitment to source code level development and support"

With the introduction of VA Balance, VA Linux reinforces UltraMonkey
with IP filtering functionality, an SNMP server monitoring facility,
and a limiter for the number of simultaneous sessions. Within several
months, VA Linux will add further functionality including support for
major routing protocols such as RIP or OSPF, easy configuration and
management GUIs, and automatic update support for application software
packages on monitored servers.

The price of VA Balance will start at 700k Japanese Yen, and
maintenance support fees will start at 140k Yen annually. VA Linux
will aggressively promote this solution to telecommunication carriers,
data center providers, ISPs, ASPs. Also, VA Linux seeks partners
engaged in deploying solutions based on VA balance.

* VA Balance product page:
* VA Core product page:
* UltraMonkey Project:

About VA Linux System Japan K.K.

Founded in September 2000, VA Linux Systems Japan K.K. (VA Linux),
which has based its operations on the development of Linux and
Open Source, has become one of the premier providers of Linux
kernel, technological, and software solutions in the Japanese
domestic market. From March 2004 onward, VA Linux has been the
recipient of funding from NTT Comware and NTT Data. VA Linux is
currently at the forefront of implementing Linux solutions for
telecommunication and enterprise system markets.

About Trademarks

UltraMokney and VA Balance are trademarks of VA Linux.
Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.
All other brand and product names are trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective holders.

SOURCE: VA Linux Systems Japan K.K.


Orie Tsuzuno
Public Relations
VA Linux Systems Japan K.K.
TEL: +81-3-3293-5151
FAX: +81-3-3293-5152
E-mail: mktg at"


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