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IBM And SuSE Team To Offer A New Generation Of Enterprise Ready Linux Services

Worldwide Alliance Provides Unprecedented Linux Support For Corporate Users

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NUREMBERG, GERMANY & ARMONK, NY - 27 Mar 2002: SuSE Linux and IBM today announced a broad services alliance that will enable both companies to jointly provide Linux support and services to corporate customers around the world.

In the agreement, IBM Global Services and SuSE will collaborate on support and professional services. IBM will package and support turnkey implementations of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES), backed by SuSE's expert development, maintenance, and support teams. In addition to this complete services offering, the two organizations will also collaborate on customer engagements and supplement each other's skills to provide a formidable Linux services delivery capability for corporate customers.

"We are happy to partner with SuSE because it is an industry leader in delivering Linux enterprise products and services that corporate customers require. IGS's global reach and comprehensive portfolio of services and solutions, combined with SuSE's advanced Linux offerings, are the complete Linux solution for corporate enterprise customers," said Patricia Gibbs, Vice President, IBM Global Services, Linux Services.

The agreement provides for IBM and SuSE to jointly offer a full range of Linux services for the enterprise, including:

"With the new IBM and SuSE worldwide service alliance, corporate customers benefit from the availability of enterprise Linux solutions combined with a broad range of joint support and service offerings anywhere in the world. This is a major step to make Linux corporate computing a reality," said Gerhard Burtscher, CEO of SuSE Linux.

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