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Centeris Collaborates with IBM and Novell to Integrate Linux into Windows Environments; Centeris Joins as an IBM Business Partner Leader for Linux.

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Centeris Corporation, a pioneer in developing software for easy management of Linux(R) servers in a Microsoft(R) Windows(R) network, today announced it will team with IBM and Novell on two new Linux-based product offerings -- Open File and Print Server and the Integrated Stack for Linux, a web-application and database solution. In conjunction, the company also announced it has joined IBM PartnerWorld as a Business Partner Leader for Linux.

The new product offerings are channel-enabled bundles consisting of IBM xSeries(R) servers or IBM BladeCenter(R) with optional IBM storage with the Linux operating system from Novell SUSE(R) and Centeris(R) Likewise(TM) Management Suite.

"More and more companies are interested in adding Linux servers to their datacenter infrastructure," said Connie Blauwkamp, director of Linux Marketing, IBM xSeries. "By using tools to enable the interoperability between Windows and Linux, customers can effectively increase their Linux investment while at the same time leveraging their continued investment in Windows servers and Active Directory."

The Centeris Likewise Management Suite is the first server management solution to seamlessly integrate Linux servers in a Windows network. The Likewise solution simplifies configuration of Linux servers, provides Windows-based tools for day-to-day server management and improves compatibility between Windows and Linux.

The Open File and Print offering is an open source file and print server with the following components:

--IBM xSeries servers, including the x226, x346 and BladeCenter HS20, which combine entry-level affordability with server-class features to address the needs of small businesses

--Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 with YaST setup utility for easy installation and configuration of the file and print components

--Centeris Likewise 1.0, which provides tools that make it easy to manage and configure Linux servers in a Windows environment

The web-application and database solution also includes the following components:

--IBM DB2 Universal Database Express-C Edition - a no-license fee database server for development and deployment and,

--IBM WebSphere Application Server Community Edition -- an open source application server for easy deployment of Eclipse and Java applications.

"Centeris is excited to be part of the Open File and Print Server and web and database server offerings," said Barry Crist, Centeris CEO. "Centeris Likewise will ease integration of xSeries Linux servers and blades in Windows environments, allowing companies to leverage their investment in the OS without having to hire Linux experts."

The Centeris Likewise Management Suite includes two components -- the Likewise Console and Likewise Advanced Agent. The Likewise Console is a Linux server management user interface that makes it easy to configure and manage server roles, join Linux servers to Microsoft Active Directory and manage Apache Web services. The Likewise Advanced Agent runs on Linux servers, supporting management from either the Likewise Console or from the Microsoft Management Console (MMC), which is part of Windows.

Steve Berg, director of IT for Centeris customer Omneon, said the primary benefit for his company "is the ability to leverage our existing investment in personnel rather than having to go out and hire someone. It also gives me the confidence to push out more Linux machines, knowing we'll be able to manage them."

IBM PartnerWorld Membership

According to IBM, Leaders for Linux are companies with the right combination of vision, skill and success in transforming their businesses and the businesses of their customers through Linux. IBM supports and rewards Leaders for Linux with opportunities and incentives to accelerate their success and enterprise adoption of Linux.

About Centeris

Centeris solutions give customers the freedom to choose the server platform best suited to their business needs. Our flagship product, Centeris Likewise, makes it easy for midsized and enterprise companies running Microsoft Windows networks to configure and manage Linux servers. Likewise provides familiar Windows-based management tools and improved integration of Windows and Linux servers, helping companies achieve the full benefits of running mixed networks. Centeris Corporation is a Bellevue, WA-based software company funded by leading venture capital firms Ignition Partners, Intel Capital and Trinity Ventures. Centeris is led by senior executives from technology companies such as Microsoft, F5 Networks, EMC and Mercury. For more information, visit www.centeris.com.
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