Originally Published: Tuesday, 10 August 1999 Author: Jeff Alami
Published to: Internal News/General Announcements Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

VA Linux Systems Partners With AboveNet

Linux.com -- The Leading Open Source Portal -- Hosted by VA Linux at AboveNet.

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SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 10, 1999--To meet the fast growing demand for Linux-based Web servers, VA Linux Systems and AboveNet Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:ABOV) announced today that they are teaming to provide the first complete Linux hardware and Internet connectivity solution.

Designed for ISPs, content providers, search engines, and e-commerce sites, this comprehensive solution combines VA Linux Systems's leading Linux computer systems, support and Internet services with AboveNet's co-location services and superior network for Internet connectivity.

VA Linux also announced today that it will host the leading open source portal site on the Internet, http://www.Linux.com, at AboveNet to enable millions of Linux users to connect dynamically to the work of others in the Linux community.

Massive growth in the Internet is driving the recognition that the Linux operating system is a compelling alternative for Web servers due to its reliable performance and attractive price. VA Linux has taken the leadership position in this fast paced market, and is responsible for the Linux portal site, Linux.com, which receives upwards of one million hits per day.

This high traffic site is at the forefront of the Linux revolution, providing valuable news and information to new and experienced users. According to International Data Corporation, Linux's share of the server operating environment market surged from 6.8 percent in 1997 to 15.8 percent in 1998 It was the fastest growing server operating environment worldwide in 1998.

"High reliability, performance, scalability, and ease of customization are driving the exponential demand for Linux in mission-critical Web and e-commerce implementations," said Brian Biles,VP of Marketing at VA Linux Systems. "With AboveNet we are able to serve this expanding market and add to Linux's strong reputation among Internet-centric companies as the most dependable operating system and the best choice for handling surges in Internet traffic."

"Linux's open source code model is very much in keeping with AboveNet's open business model," said Van Jepson, Vice President of Marketing at AboveNet. "With this shared vision, we see tremendous synergies between AboveNet and VA Linux for furthering the growth of the Internet."

Under the terms of the agreement, a section of AboveNet's San Jose ISX will be designated as the "VA Linux Pavilion" for the co-location of Linux's worldwide customers. VA will provide round-the-clock service and support for their servers.

AboveNet, the architect of a global one-hop network that brings together high-bandwidth content sites, ISPs, and Application Service Providers in centralized co-location facilities, will provide VA Linux Pavilion customers -- and the Linux.com Website -- with fault-tolerant co-location services, superior Internet connectivity, and access to AboveNet's 273 private and public peering relationships with leading ISPs in the U.S. and around the world.

AboveNet's network is powered with significant bandwidth, which currently totals 18.2 Gbps -- the most bandwidth available at any co-location facility -- to ensure users a fast, reliable Internet experience.

About VA Linux Systems

VA Linux Systems is the leading provider of Linux computer systems, support and Internet services. The first and fastest growing Linux systems company in the world, VA is a pioneer in providing high performance workstations and servers to enterprises, service providers and technical computing markets and is at the forefront of the open source revolution.

Linux.com, a VA production, is the leading open source portal on the Internet, enabling millions of new users to connect dynamically to the work of the Linux community. Based in Sunnyvale, Calif., the privately held company has gained a reputation for innovation and responsiveness that is making it a leader in full service Linux solutions.

For more information contact VA at http://www.valinux.com, 888/LINUX-4U or by sending email to sales@valinux.com.

About AboveNet Communications Inc.

AboveNet Communications, Inc. is a leading provider of Internet connectivity and co-location solutions for high bandwidth and business-critical applications.

AboveNet, headquartered in San Jose, is the architect of the Internet Service Exchange (ISX) -- a world class network that provides co-location services and Internet connectivity for Content Providers, ISPs, and Application Service Providers (ASPs).

The AboveNet Global One-Hop Network is designed to deliver fast, scalable and reliable connections to the Internet and improves the Internet experience for end-users. With its Tier 1 status and ISO 9002 certification, AboveNet is seeking to serve the global community of the Internet. For more information on AboveNet and its service offering call 800/475-2733 or visit the company's Web site at www.above.net.

Note to Editors: AboveNet, Internet Service Exchange, ISX and AboveNet Global One-Hop Network are trademarks of AboveNet Communications, Inc. All other company or brand names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

The statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical are forward looking statements within the meaning of section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements regarding the company's expectations, beliefs, hopes, intention or strategies regarding the future. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include risks related to the company's services, including network scalability and Internet connectivity, the ability to maintain and increase peering relationships, intense competition, and other factors and risks discussed from in AboveNet 's reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including AboveNet 's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 1999.

CONTACT: AboveNet Communications Rose Marr, 408/367-6681 rose@above.net or The Weber Group (for AboveNet) Tiffany Francis, 650/463-8642 tfrancis@ca.webergroup.com or Spark Public Relations (for VA Linux Systems) Donna Sokolsky, 650/330-0330 donna@sparkpr.com

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