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IBM's Leading e-Commerce Software Offers the Industry's Broadest Support of Linux

New Software Extends Global Reach of Businesses Using Linux on Intel Servers

SOMERS, NY - 24 Oct 2001: IBM's WebSphere Commerce, the industry's first e-commerce software to support Linux* on the mainframe, is now available for customers using the open source platform on Intel servers.

WebSphere Commerce Suite V5.1 will now support Linux on Intel-based systems, allowing small and medium size businesses to create fast, flexible and highly-reliable e-commerce sites to more effectively conduct business around the world.

IBM's e-commerce software allows business managers to easily design compelling sales campaigns, explore new revenue opportunities and enhance relationships with their customers worldwide -- all from a single commerce site.

MuscleTech, a leading research company that develops and distributes sports and nutrition aids, has embraced WebSphere Commerce for Linux.

"IBM's WebSphere Commerce for Linux is enabling MuscleTech to develop a state-of-the-art e-commerce site that runs on a highly cost-effective, secure and stable platform - bringing one of the most advanced, integrated e-commerce systems in the world to our customers," said Jason Bell, eCommerce Division Manager, and Sean Klyne, Information Technology Manager, of MuscleTech. "This offering from IBM will allow us to quickly create and deploy a powerful new direct to the customer retail channel and an enhanced call center, helping our company drive business around the globe."

IDC anticipates that Linux will remain the fastest growing server operating system through 2004, with a compound annual growth rate of 28 percent from 2000 to 2004. IDC research also shows that 40 percent of all spending on Linux servers is for Internet related applications, firmly entrenching Linux servers in the Internet infrastructure**.

IBM's WebSphere Commerce software will now allow businesses to grow their e-commerce Web sites on Linux, the open operating system which gives developers the flexibility and freedom to customize the platform to meet their business needs.

IBM's e-commerce software supports a variety of languages and currencies, as well as region-specific sales tax and shipping rules, customized product catalogs and localized payment methods and pricing. In addition, WebSphere Commerce allows for anytime, anywhere access to e-commerce sites with enhanced mobile computing features -- including notification messages, automatic content selection and customized shopping flow -- tailored to individual devices.

WebSphere Commerce is based on open industry standards and features a Java(TM) programming model. With its intuitive design, WebSphere Commerce makes it easy for business managers to create dynamic marketing campaigns, product promotions, discounts and advertisements, all targeted to specific customers using powerful business rules technology.

Product Availability and Pricing
WebSphere Commerce Version 5.1 for Linux will be available in early December 2001. WebSphere Commerce Version 5.1 for Linux will support Red Hat and SuSE Linux, with a starting price of US $5,000 per processor for Start Edition, and US $52,000 per processor for Pro Edition.

Additional information is available at: www.ibm.com/software/commerce. For more information about IBM's offerings for Linux, visit: www.ibm.com/linux.

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*Indicates trademark or registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

**Industry growth rate source: IDC

IBM and WebSphere are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both. Java and all Java-based trademarks are trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States, other countries, or both. Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Contact(s) information

Alise McNeill
IBM Media Relations
(919) 254-6262
alisem@us.ibm.com

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