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Turbolinux, SuSE to Bring Enterprise Server Linux to IBM's eServer Line

By Amy Newman (Send Email)
Posted Oct 18, 2002


SuSE Linux AG and Turbolinux have once again allied themselves. This time they've partnered to deliver enterprise Linux software and services on IBM's eServer zSeries mainframes, and iSeries and pSeries servers. SuSE Linux AG and Turbolinux have once again allied themselves. This time they are combining engineering collaboration with joint sales and marketing activities for the eServer platform.

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.

"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," noted Gregory Blepp, VP international of SuSE.

Each vendor will market and sell the offerings within its respective brand and channels later this quarter. SuSE and Turbolinux also plan to use the strategic alliance to set a global standard for enterprise Linux products and service offerings for IBM eServer products.

"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."

Turbolinux and SuSE each claim positions as leading worldwide Linux distributors and market leaders in their respective areas: Turbolinux in Asia Pacific, and SuSE in Europe.

"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."

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