Japanese Convenience Store to Build One of the Largest Linux Systems

Lawson installs IBM eServer xSeries running Linux

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Armonk, N.Y - 02 Nov 2000: IBM today announced that a leading Japanese convenience store chain will install more than 15,000 IBM eServer xSeries* servers, running Linux, making it one of the largest IBM Linux -based installations to date. The systems are expected to be deployed next March.

Lawson, Inc., the Japanese convenience store chain, will run Linux on the IBM eServer xSeries to allow customers to download music, movies and other Web content from multimedia terminals throughout its stores. The terminals also will provide timely information collected from Internet feeds and communications satellites. Customers already can book airline reservations and order concert tickets from the existing terminals.

"We realized there is no questioning the rapid growth of Linux and we wanted to take advantage of that growth," said Mr. Makoto Takayama, managing director and general manager, New Business Division, Lawson. "Linux was our first choice to run these new applications because Linux is easy to maintain and costs less than other operating systems to implement. We chose IBM because of its clear commitment to Linux and worldwide capability to provide service and support."

"Linux is changing the way businesses develop technology strategies and provides a cost-effective way to deploy large-scale solutions," said John Callies, vice president marketing, IBM eServer xSeries. "With this announcement, Lawson will be at the forefront of its industry with its embrace of Linux. Customers will benefit from having additional Web services made easy with the application flexibility of Linux running on the IBM eServer xSeries."

Lawson plans to install two IBM xSeries servers, running Linux, at each of its 7,600 stores in Japan. The IBM eServer xSeries installations will be managed remotely, allowing store employees to concentrate on their own sales operations.

The Lawson multimedia terminals currently run Microsoft Windows. The additional functionality, provided by the IBM eServer systems running Linux, will allow future multimedia upgrades in real time, based on customer demand.

Lawson, headquartered in Osaka, Japan, is one of the largest convenience store franchise chains in Japan. With approximately 7,600 stores nationwide, Lawson is the first in the industry to devise the plan to offer a variety of services to customers through multimedia kiosks. In the new era of e-business, Lawson quickly adopted the e-commerce concept to create new opportunities for its business and this allows customers to take full advantage of the convenience which e-commerce offers. For more information on Lawson, visit http://www.lawson.co.jp/.

The new IBM eServer xSeries, zSeries*, pSeries* and iSeries* models are the first servers in IBM's new eServer line. The eServer products are designed for the next generation of e-business to adapt to the needs of the customer by offering flexibility, technology and guaranteed performance. The IBM eServer family is the world's first Linux-enabled server family. The IBM eServer xSeries servers are based on the IBM X-Architecture, a blueprint incorporating the latest mainframe technologies into industry standard Intel processor-based servers.

For more information, visit http://www.ibm.com/server/eserver.

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* The IBM e-business logo, xSeries, zSeries, pSeries and iSeries are trademarks of IBM Corporation. All others are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

* The IBM eServer brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo with the following descriptive term server following it.