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
Pioneer-Standard, Computer Systems Division
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