YKK Selects Linux-Dedicated IBM eServer For New e-Business Infrastructure

World's Largest Zipper Manufacturer Builds Web Portal To Enhance U.S. Customer Service

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ARMONK, NY - 27 Jun 2002: IBM today announced that YKK (U.S.A.) Inc., the world's largest zipper manufacturer, has chosen IBM, eOne Group and Linux for a new e-business infrastructure that will improve service for its U.S. customers.

YKK selected the IBM eServer iSeries offering for Linux -- an aggressively priced and easy-to-manage Linux server specifically for small and medium-sized businesses -- and IBM Business Partner eOne Group's eOneCommerce application to create a new Web portal that allows YKK's U.S. customers to check inventory, securely place orders, track and review order status and history, and access a variety of links including an online product catalog.

The IBM eServer iSeries offering for Linux uses IBM's advanced virtualization technology to help customers reduce cost and complexity by consolidating Linux and Windows servers in up to 15 Linux partitions on a single physical server. It supports the SuSE, TurboLinux and Red Hat distributions of Linux and includes an installation wizard for rapid deployment. The iSeries Linux server is intended for infrastructure applications such as firewall, Web serving, file and print serving, and mail serving. YKK is using SuSE Linux Enterprise Edition 7 on their iSeries.

"Our new customer service portal is a first for YKK in the U.S., so it was critical that we made the right choice for our customers," said Sara Carnell, director of operations, YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. "We explored several options before going with the e-business solution from IBM and eOne Group. IBM's Linux server running eOneCommerce gives us the scalable, flexible and secure Web site we need, and it also was very affordable."

"The innovative IBM eServer iSeries offering for Linux appealed to YKK because it supports Linux in multiple partitions on the same box," said Buell Duncan, general manager, IBM eServer iSeries. "With our IBM Business Partners eOne Group and Levi, Ray & Shoup, we are committed to helping YKK put some teeth into its e-business infrastructure."

"IBM's iSeries running Linux and eOneCommerce is the ideal platform for YKK," said Dan Watson, president of eOne Group. "The solution is easy for YKK to manage and, most importantly, easy for YKK's U.S. customers to use."