VA Software and IBM Announce Significant Commercial Agreement
SourceForge to Support DB2, WebSphere and Tivoli
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. August 13, 2002 VA Software Corporation (Nasdaq: LNUX) today announced a significant commercial agreement with IBM (NYSE: IBM) focused on the joint marketing and sales of the next generation of SourceForge[tm] Enterprise Edition, which will offer full support for IBM’s DB2 database. SourceForge is the leading collaborative software development environment used by more than 460,000 users worldwide.
As part of the agreement, IBM’s direct and indirect sales channels will engage with VA Software in joint sales activities. Together, VA Software and IBM will work to solve the complex application development challenges faced by enterprise customers in distributed environments.
“Our relationship with IBM is a major win for VA Software, opening new sales opportunities for SourceForge Enterprise Edition,” said Ali Jenab, president and CEO, VA Software Corporation. “The integration of SourceForge with DB2 and other IBM software products will give us greater access to enterprise customers standardized on IBM eBusiness solutions. Application development organizations can have confidence in SourceForge as a solution that will help them reduce the costs and risks inherent in enterprise software development while increasing quality and efficiency.”
The terms of the agreement include VA Software’s and IBM’s ongoing integration of SourceForge with a suite of IBM infrastructure, application development and system management tools, including DB2 database software; WebSphere Application Server; WebSphere Studio Application Developer; and Tivoli management software. In addition, SourceForge will also be optimized to run on IBM eServer xSeries Linux servers. SourceForge Enterprise Edition for DB2 is expected to become available before the end of the year.
“IBM is pleased to be working closely with VA Software to provide Linuxbased solutions for enterprise customers," said Steve Solazzo, general manager, Linux at IBM. "By supporting a variety of Internet infrastructure software and servers from IBM, including DB2 database software, WebSphere Application Server and Tivoli management software, the SourceForge Enterprise Edition collaborative development application will allow teams of developers to create solutions quickly and easily for a wide range of business and industry needs.”
In a separate press release today, OSDN, a subsidiary of VA Software, announced that SourceForge.net, the world’s largest Open Source development web site, will be running exclusively on IBM’s DB2 database software by midJanuary. The SourceForge.net site the first and largest reference implementation of VA Software’s commercial SourceForge product currently supports more than 460,000 registered users and 45,000 projects.
A demonstration of SourceForge integration with DB2 and WebSphere Studio Application Developer will be given on Thursday, August 15 in the IBM Developer Habitat at LinuxWorld San Francisco.
Further information on today’s announcements, as well as information on presentations by VA Software and OSDN at LinuxWorld, is available at http://www.vasoftware.com/
About VA Software
VA Software is the provider of SourceForge, the leading collaborative development environment with more than 460,000 users worldwide. SourceForge Enterprise Edition helps IT and engineering organizations accelerate application development by integrating tools for developers to collaborate and for managers to gain insight into development activities across different locations, teams and participants. Information on VA Software’s SourceForge enterprise software product, services and support is available at www.vasoftware.com.
Note to editors: VA Software, SourceForge and OSDN are trademarks or registered trademarks of VA Software Corporation in the United States and in other countries. The IBM ebusiness logo, DB2, WebSphere and Tivoli are all trademarks of IBM Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.