"NEC Solutions America Inc. and Stratus Technologies Inc. are
looking to Linux as a way to expand the reach of their respective
"To date, telecommunications companies and other enterprises
have deployed the open-source operating system on NEC's
high-availability systems for such front-end duties as payment
processing and Web serving. But, as businesses begin to adopt Linux
for more heavy-duty back-end applications, both companies expect
demand for Linux on their systems to build.
"NEC's low-end Express5800/320La system has supported Linux in
the United States for nine months. But officials of the Sacramento,
Calif., company said NEC next quarter will extend that support to
its high-end 320Lb. Both systems currently run Microsoft Corp.'s
Windows 2000, and the 320Lb also runs .Net..."