BSDi to Accelerate BSD Boom in Japan With $4 Million Investment From Leading Japanese Investment Firm

Dec 05, 2000, 00:00 ET from Berkeley Software Design, Inc.

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- BSDi, the leader in
 Internet infrastructure-grade solutions, announced today the company has
 received an investment totaling $4 million from several Japanese strategic
 partners led by GLQ Entrepia Inc., the venture capital arm of Nissho Iwai
 American Corporation.
     The strategic partners include Plat'Home, one of Japan's leading
 distributors of open source software, which participated in the investment for
 the purpose of endorsing and reinforcing the business relationship with BSDi.
 Plat'Home, an established reseller of FreeBSD and other open source products,
 and BSDi also signed an international channel partner agreement to further
 enhance the business relationship and to promote sales in Japan of FreeBSD and
 other BSDi products.
     "The rapid growth of Japan's Internet infrastructure is fueling the boom
 in popularity for BSD operating systems and solutions in the Japanese market,"
 said Gary J. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of BSDi.  "We are happy to gain
 the support from one of Japan's leading IT investment funds as well as one of
 Japan's leading supplier of open source products."
     "BSDi has a long and successful history as the commercial supplier of BSD
 operating system, networking, and Internet technologies," said
 Gene Kawaratani, CEO of GLQ Entrepia.  "We are investing in BSDi to accelerate
 the development of BSD-based systems and solutions for the Japanese market and
 worldwide."
     "BSDi is the leading commercial supplier of BSD open source products, and
 Plat'Home is a leading open source provider in Japan," said Hiro Honda,
 President of Plat'Home Co., Ltd.  "We are pleased to invest in BSDi to help
 ensure the ongoing development and global availability of BSD open source
 products and solutions."
 
     About GLQ Entrepia and Nissho Iwai
     GLQ Entrepia, the venture capital arm of Nissho Iwai American Corporation,
 creates value for U.S. information technology (IT) companies by distributing
 their products in Japan.  By leveraging the resources of its group companies
 and leading industry players, GLQ Entrepia has the expertise to build and
 adapt marketing strategies for U.S.-based IT companies venturing into the
 Japan market.  In partnership with its portfolio companies, GLQ Entrepia adds
 value in the process of adapting and executing U.S. business models in Japan.
     A $66 billion trading titan, Nissho Iwai operates in several industries,
 including IT, machinery, metals, energy, chemicals and consumer products.  It
 has 618 affiliated companies in nearly 76 countries.  Nissho Iwai's IT
 projects include telecommunications infrastructure, satellite and cable TV
 projects in Japan, Latin America and China.  As a group, Nissho Iwai dominates
 the backbone network equipment market in Japan.  Its North American operation
 is headed by Nissho Iwai American Corporation.
 
     About Plat'Home
     Plat'Home (MTH: 6836) is a leader in open source computing in Japan.  It
 designs, manufactures and sells computers and related products and provides
 computer-related services.  Most of the computers sold by Plat'Home
 incorporate open source technology including FreeBSD and Linux and are
 typically used for Internet and intranet applications.  Plat'Home draws on its
 advanced knowledge of open-source computing and networking technology to meet
 the needs of power users, including information technology professionals,
 members of the open source community and other users who seek enhanced
 performance from computers and network equipment.  Its product line includes
 order-made private brand computers, computer peripherals and other products
 designed by the Company, and system integration service.
     About BSDiBSDi delivers Internet infrastructure-grade systems, software
 and solutions backed by world-renowned professional services and support.
 BSDi systems power the Internet's most popular sites and highest-volume
 providers.  BSDi customers include Internet service providers (ISPs),
 application service providers (ASPs), Web hosting, data and communications
 centers, corporate intranets, Internet appliance developers, Internet
 application developers, and hardware/system manufacturers and integrators
 -- including Yahoo, UUnet, Intel, About.com and countless others.
 Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO, BSDi can be reached at 719-457-8400 or
 www.bsdi.com.
     NOTE:  BSD is a registered trademark, and BSDi is a trademark of
 Berkeley Software Design, Inc.  Other trademarks are property of the
 respective owners.  BSD Technologies were originally developed by the
 University of California, Berkeley and its contributors.
 
 

SOURCE Berkeley Software Design, Inc.
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- BSDi, the leader in
 Internet infrastructure-grade solutions, announced today the company has
 received an investment totaling $4 million from several Japanese strategic
 partners led by GLQ Entrepia Inc., the venture capital arm of Nissho Iwai
 American Corporation.
     The strategic partners include Plat'Home, one of Japan's leading
 distributors of open source software, which participated in the investment for
 the purpose of endorsing and reinforcing the business relationship with BSDi.
 Plat'Home, an established reseller of FreeBSD and other open source products,
 and BSDi also signed an international channel partner agreement to further
 enhance the business relationship and to promote sales in Japan of FreeBSD and
 other BSDi products.
     "The rapid growth of Japan's Internet infrastructure is fueling the boom
 in popularity for BSD operating systems and solutions in the Japanese market,"
 said Gary J. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of BSDi.  "We are happy to gain
 the support from one of Japan's leading IT investment funds as well as one of
 Japan's leading supplier of open source products."
     "BSDi has a long and successful history as the commercial supplier of BSD
 operating system, networking, and Internet technologies," said
 Gene Kawaratani, CEO of GLQ Entrepia.  "We are investing in BSDi to accelerate
 the development of BSD-based systems and solutions for the Japanese market and
 worldwide."
     "BSDi is the leading commercial supplier of BSD open source products, and
 Plat'Home is a leading open source provider in Japan," said Hiro Honda,
 President of Plat'Home Co., Ltd.  "We are pleased to invest in BSDi to help
 ensure the ongoing development and global availability of BSD open source
 products and solutions."
 
     About GLQ Entrepia and Nissho Iwai
     GLQ Entrepia, the venture capital arm of Nissho Iwai American Corporation,
 creates value for U.S. information technology (IT) companies by distributing
 their products in Japan.  By leveraging the resources of its group companies
 and leading industry players, GLQ Entrepia has the expertise to build and
 adapt marketing strategies for U.S.-based IT companies venturing into the
 Japan market.  In partnership with its portfolio companies, GLQ Entrepia adds
 value in the process of adapting and executing U.S. business models in Japan.
     A $66 billion trading titan, Nissho Iwai operates in several industries,
 including IT, machinery, metals, energy, chemicals and consumer products.  It
 has 618 affiliated companies in nearly 76 countries.  Nissho Iwai's IT
 projects include telecommunications infrastructure, satellite and cable TV
 projects in Japan, Latin America and China.  As a group, Nissho Iwai dominates
 the backbone network equipment market in Japan.  Its North American operation
 is headed by Nissho Iwai American Corporation.
 
     About Plat'Home
     Plat'Home (MTH: 6836) is a leader in open source computing in Japan.  It
 designs, manufactures and sells computers and related products and provides
 computer-related services.  Most of the computers sold by Plat'Home
 incorporate open source technology including FreeBSD and Linux and are
 typically used for Internet and intranet applications.  Plat'Home draws on its
 advanced knowledge of open-source computing and networking technology to meet
 the needs of power users, including information technology professionals,
 members of the open source community and other users who seek enhanced
 performance from computers and network equipment.  Its product line includes
 order-made private brand computers, computer peripherals and other products
 designed by the Company, and system integration service.
     About BSDiBSDi delivers Internet infrastructure-grade systems, software
 and solutions backed by world-renowned professional services and support.
 BSDi systems power the Internet's most popular sites and highest-volume
 providers.  BSDi customers include Internet service providers (ISPs),
 application service providers (ASPs), Web hosting, data and communications
 centers, corporate intranets, Internet appliance developers, Internet
 application developers, and hardware/system manufacturers and integrators
 -- including Yahoo, UUnet, Intel, About.com and countless others.
 Headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO, BSDi can be reached at 719-457-8400 or
 www.bsdi.com.
     NOTE:  BSD is a registered trademark, and BSDi is a trademark of
 Berkeley Software Design, Inc.  Other trademarks are property of the
 respective owners.  BSD Technologies were originally developed by the
 University of California, Berkeley and its contributors.
 
 SOURCE  Berkeley Software Design, Inc.