Third Largest International Advertising Agency Chooses Linux to Host Web Sites

BBDO INTERACTIVE chooses SteelEye and IBM for business-critical Web hosting

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Armonk, NY & Mountain View, CA - 27 Feb 2002: IBM and SteelEye™ Technology Inc. today announced that BBDO INTERACTIVE, a subsidiary of the third largest advertising agency worldwide, has chosen Linux® to develop and host websites and applications for its clients. BBDO INTERACTIVE is deploying SteelEye's LifeKeeper® clustering software running on Linux-based IBM® eServer* xSeries™ servers and IBM DB2® Enterprise Edition for Linux.

"BBDO INTERACTIVE provides complete Web hosting and infrastructure solutions for customers who require 99.99% and even higher level availability for their business-critical applications," said Andreas Walter, IT Manager for BBDO INTERACTIVE. "The integrated IBM xSeries server solution and SteelEye LifeKeeper clustering software offerings on Linux provide us with the ability to rapidly deploy and easily manage our platforms, all with a price/performance advantage that's unbeatable."

BBDO INTERACTIVE chose Germany-based COMPUTER CONCEPT to help deliver SteelEye's newly available reliability package on IBM's eServer xSeries with DB2 database software for its enterprise-grade deployments. BBDO INTERACTIVE was looking for high degrees of flexibility, reliability and ease of management to keep systems and applications up

and running. The company found these integrated IBM eServer xSeries and SteelEye's LifeKeeper offerings for Linux deliver the benefits it needs while providing a time-to-market competitive advantage.

"Linux is playing a growing role as the operating system of choice for customers using DB2 and IBM xSeries servers. Customers like BBDO INTERACTIVE are responding to the cost savings, performance and efficiency of Linux on Intel® servers with the reliability of our database software," said Richard Michos, IBM Vice President and Business Unit Executive, Linux Servers. "Now, by working with SteelEye, we have demonstrated that our combined hardware and software Linux solution provides a complete, easy to install solution for high availability customer requirements."

SteelEye also announced that it has attained IBM's ServerProven® validation for its LifeKeeper products running on IBM eServer xSeries servers with Linux and Microsoft® Windows® operating environments. With this announcement, customers can now choose from a variety of packaged clustering solutions, which support IBM DB2® Universal Database™, SAP R/3, Oracle, and email messaging environments.

"Having become a member of the IBM ServerProven program, SteelEye now offers customers integrated solutions for their business needs with the confidence that customers can easily and rapidly implement and deploy reliable xSeries server environments to provide maximum reliability and uptime for their business-critical applications and data," said Boris Geller, Vice President of Marketing at SteelEye. "SteelEye's LifeKeeper and Disaster Recovery Solutions provide unprecedented ease of use, reduce IT operations and management costs, and support a wide range of applications, servers and storage configurations."

An easy and affordable high availability clustering solution designed to provide continuous uptime of critical business applications, servers and data, LifeKeeper offers flexibility through its scalability, plug-and-play integration and intuitive Java™ GUI. SteelEye also provides an easy upgrade path from local protection to WAN-optimized disaster monitoring and recovery with its Disaster Recovery Solution offerings. LifeKeeper used with DB2 and IBM's xSeries Servers provide customers with reliability and scalability, and deliver industry-leading price/performance for Linux.

The bundled Linux and Windows solutions are available now and can be purchased through IBM and SteelEye Global Channel Partners. For a list of channel partners, please contact SteelEye at 877.319.0108 (+1.650.318.0108 for calls outside the USA).

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