SAN FRANCISCO and TOKYO, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Turbolinux(R) Inc., a
worldwide leader in Linux operating environments and multi-platform server
provisioning and management products, and Software Research Associates, Inc.
(SRA), one of Japan's oldest and largest independent software houses, today
announced that SRA has acquired the Linux software business from Turbolinux
As a result of this acquisition, the worldwide Turbolinux Linux software
business will become a division of SRA with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan and
will retain the Turbolinux company name and product brand. Accordingly,
Turbolinux Japan will change its name to Turbolinux Incorporated and will be
responsible for the worldwide Linux business operation. SRA has appointed
Hajime Watanabe as CEO and Koichi Yano as COO & President of Turbolinux. The
former Turbolinux, Inc. will retain the server provisioning software business
based on the PowerCockpit product line and a new independent company is
planned to be announced in the coming weeks.
SRA is committing to the Linux business to strengthen its position within
the Asian market where Turbolinux is the market leader for Linux server
operating systems, and promoting "UnitedLinux" in which Turbolinux is one of
the founding members. While the headquarters operation has been relocated to
Japan, Turbolinux Inc. will retain a U.S. office and all worldwide customers
and partners of Turbolinux will see no disruption in service.
"The combined strength of SRA and Turbolinux will enable Turbolinux to
focus on its growing Linux software business and capitalize on its founding
member role within the UnitedLinux initiative," said Ryugo Marumori President
"Our strategy over the past two years has been twofold: to redefine our
business model in our Linux distribution business and concurrently create a
new business centered around server provisioning to help automate the next
generation data center," said Ly-Huong Pham, CEO of Turbolinux. "We have
succeeded in putting our Linux business on the path of profitability,
strengthened our presence in both China and Korea with key partnerships, and
fortified our future Linux strategy with the co-founding of the UnitedLinux
initiative. Turbolinux, combined with SRA's strength in the software industry,
will further the Turbolinux lead as the number one Linux server operating
system in the Asian market."
Ly-Huong Pham continued, "I am also excited about the early success we
have had with our PowerCockpit server provisioning software business. Over the
last year, we have launched two major versions of our cross-platform product,
established successful partnerships with HP and Egenera, and landed over a
dozen enterprise accounts. I look forward to completing the formation, and the
launch, of our new server provisioning software business. We expect to make an
announcement regarding our new company in the coming weeks."
About Software Research Associates, Inc.
Founded in 1967, Software Research Associates, Inc. (SRA) is one of
Japan's oldest and largest independent software houses. Along with its
traditional focus on custom software development, in recent years SRA has
expanded its offerings to include services and products in the areas of open
systems, multimedia, reengineering, mobile computing, outsourcing, and
end-user computing. SRA provides consulting, custom software development, and
system operation services for clients in industries as varied as public
utilities, finance, manufacturing, and information processing. SRA maintains a
strong presence in the software product market, distributing and supporting
many communications, database, and Internet/World Wide Web applications. SRA
has branches in major cities throughout Japan, as well as offices in New York,
Colorado, California, and Europe. For more information, visit www.sra.co.jp.
Founded in 1992, Turbolinux(R) Inc. is a global software company providing
Linux operating environments and multi-platform software deployment and
management products that enable computing assets to be quickly redefined on
demand -- enabling true flexible processing power. For more information, visit
the Turbolinux Web site at www.turbolinux.com.
NOTE: Turbolinux is a registered trademark of Turbolinux, Inc. Linux is a
registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other registered trademarks belong
to their respective holders.
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