SOURCE: Covalent Technologies

June 20, 2005 09:00 ET

Covalent Technologies™ Expands Presence in Asia-Pacific Marketplace; Announces Strategic Partnership With Sumisho Computer Systems Corporation (SCS)

Agreement Enables SCS to Provide Enterprise Customers in the Pacific Rim With Enhanced Service and Support for Open Source Deployments

WALNUT CREEK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 20, 2005 -- Covalent Technologies™, the most trusted source for complete enterprise open source solutions, today announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Sumisho Computer Systems Corporation (SCS), a leading systems integrator based in Tokyo, Japan.

Under the terms of the agreement, SCS will market and distribute Covalent's open source solutions to its enterprise customers in the Pacific Rim. Covalent, in turn, will provide SCS with comprehensive Level 3 service and support for the Apache HTTP Web Server and the Apache Tomcat Application Server, among the most popular Open Source components in the world.

Open source is one of the most critical issues facing IT departments today. SCS provides best-in-class solutions to its enterprise customers and has constructed many information systems utilizing open source technologies. In March 2005, SCS acquired majority ownership of VA Linux Systems Japan K.K., which provides consulting services on high-end open source technologies and software solutions. SCS is in the process of integrating leading open source technologies with its own original technologies and expertise in developing a variety of application systems.

"The Asia-Pacific market needs greater technical information and support in the field of open source software," says Izumi Yutani, Executive Officer for Sumisho Computer Systems Corporation. "By partnering with Covalent Technologies, we can now provide our customers with more reliable support because Covalent has excellent engineers who helped develop Apache and Tomcat as core members of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and accumulated in-depth expertise in the field which is second to none."

"We're seeing widespread adoption for open source solutions on a global basis," says Mark Brewer, CEO of Covalent Technologies. "We are honored to partner with such a distinguished company as SCS to deliver leading open source solutions to their enterprise customers who are continually looking for more comprehensive and professional support and service in the Asia-Pacific region."

About Sumisho Computer Systems Corporation (SCS)

Tokyo, Japan-based Sumisho Computer Systems Corporation (SCS) is in the business of providing comprehensive solutions on information/network systems and high-end IT services to a wide range of customers. SCS' expertise focuses on consulting, enterprise software development, systems integration, outsourcing services and related businesses. SCS is merging with Sumisho Electronics Co., Ltd. (http://www.sse.co.jp/e/index.html) (SSE), scheduled in August 2005, which provides a unique sets of technology solutions consisting of state-of-the-art software, hardware and information/networking technologies to a broad array of customers ranging from industrial circles to academic research institutions.

About Covalent Technologies

Covalent Technologies is the most trusted source for complete enterprise open source solutions. The leading provider of products and services for Tomcat and Apache, the world's leading Web server, Covalent Technologies is the only source for full commercial support for Apache and Tomcat on a global basis. Covalent has been the trusted source that Fortune 500 enterprises turn to when migrating to Open Source and when deploying new Open Source initiatives. Covalent currently supports more than 50% of Fortune 500 and 70% of Fortune 100 companies. Customers include: SBC, Pfizer, Morgan Stanley, National Semiconductor, Texas Instruments, Johnson & Johnson, British Telecom, Fidelity Investments, NASA, Hewlett-Packard, Siemens, General Electric, and Bear Stearns. Covalent has assembled the deepest talent pool of Apache experts in the industry and is proud to be one of the most distinguished supporters of the Apache Software Foundation (http://www.apache.org) (ASF), the dominant community for useable Open Source, and the Open Source community in general. For more information, visit www.covalent.com.

Covalent Technologies is a trademark of OS Group, LLC dba Covalent Technologies. All other company and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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