CLEVELAND, March 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pioneer-Standard Electronics, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: PIOS) Computer Systems Division (CSD), a leading distributor and reseller of mid-range solutions, today announced an expansion of their relationship with IBM to develop and deliver Linux-based enablement programs and application solutions for the mid-range market. This alliance demonstrates Pioneer-Standard's commitment to consistently provide strategic initiatives that drive new revenue opportunities. As part of this relationship, Pioneer and IBM will offer a variety of Linux sales and marketing programs including Linux certifications and proven Linux business solutions. "As a leading distributor of IBM products, we offer the ideal global distribution channel for IBM-based Linux solutions," said Matt Reaves, vice president, software sales & marketing for Pioneer-Standard's Computer Systems Division. "Our dedication to operational excellence and technical expertise combined with IBM's product offerings allows us to optimize the Linux platform and give our customers expanded opportunities." Pioneer-Standard will provide customers with access to its Systems Integration Value Add Center (SIVAC) and Systems Distribution Center (SDC) and to Linux-based marketing programs, sales personnel, product specialists and technical support services. The company will also partner with independent software vendors (ISV) who have IBM-proven server applications that support additional solutions for the Linux platform. "Linux has developed into a widely-accepted and versatile platform. The value for our customers has become clear in increased cost benefits, stability and scalability," said Steve Solazzo, IBM vice president, Linux. "IBM understands that a long-term partnership with Pioneer-Standard, a distribution leader with extensive channel connections, will best address the Linux needs of our mutual customers." About Pioneer-Standard Electronics, Inc. Pioneer-Standard Electronics, Inc. is a broad-line distributor of electronic components and mid-range computer products. The Company reported revenues of $2.9 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2001, which were nearly evenly split between the Industrial Electronics Division and the Computer Systems Division. A Fortune 1000 company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Pioneer-Standard also serves international customers in Europe and Asia through its strategic partners: Taiwan-based World Peace Industrial Co. Ltd.; U.K.-based Eurodis Electron PLC; and Germany-based Magirus AG. Additional information about Pioneer-Standard can be found at www.pioneerstandard.com . Pioneer-Standard's Computer Systems Division is a leading distributor and reseller of mid-market computer solutions that is comprised of two primary business units: KeyLink Systems(R) and the Enterprise Sales Group. KeyLink Systems, the computer distribution business within Pioneer-Standard, distributes mid-range and enterprise products from Compaq, IBM, Intel, Enterasys and Oracle, as well as other leading manufacturers to resellers. Pioneer-Standard's Enterprise Sales Group resells products from Compaq, IBM, Intel, Enterasys, and Oracle as well as other leading manufacturers, with a solution focus on Server Consolidation, e-Business, High Availability, and Storage. Additional information about the business units can be found at: KeyLink Systems at www.keylinksystems.com ; and Enterprise Sales Group at www.enterprisesalesgroup.com . Jerri Hegwood Pioneer-Standard, Computer Systems Division 770.625.7558 firstname.lastname@example.org Jolie Newman Springbok Cohn & Wolfe 972.480.9980, ext. 135 email@example.com MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X35278171
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