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BW: VA Linux Systems Establishes Japanese Subsidiary With Sumitomo...

Sep 26, 2000, 19:29 (0 Talkback[s])

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"VA Linux Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:LNUX), the world's Linux leader, today announced that it has launched a subsidiary, VA Linux Systems Japan, K.K., to expand its operations into the Japanese market. In a landmark move, VA Linux Systems and Sumitomo are investing together to found the subsidiary, and NTT Communicationware, NEC and Toshiba Engineering have also indicated their intent to invest in the venture. The resulting consortium will be a joint effort to speed the advancement of Linux and Open Source software in Japan -- from the Internet server market to the enterprise."

"VA Linux Systems Japan is an historic effort, with industry leaders coming together to jumpstart the adoption of Linux and Open Source software development in Japan," said Robert Russo, VA Linux Systems' general manager and senior vice president of worldwide sales, marketing and services. "The interest of Sumitomo and other leading technology companies in VA Linux Systems Japan is a strong endorsement of the potential growth opportunity for Linux and Open Source solutions in the Japanese Internet infrastructure and enterprise markets. We expect VA Linux Systems Japan, together with our recently announced European operations, to extend VA Linux Systems' reach significantly as a global company."

"In addition to their expected financial investments in VA Linux Systems Japan, Sumitomo, NTT Communicationware, NEC and Toshiba Engineering are in discussions with VA about providing VA Linux servers to their partners and established base of customers. NTT Communicationware, NEC and Toshiba Engineering also expect to contribute development resources -- including highly skilled engineers -- to the venture."

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