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Daiwabo Information Systems Co., Ltd.
ClassCat Co., Ltd.
IBM Japan, Ltd.

Alliance with IBM Japan for Sales of Internet Server Appliance Incorporating Open-Source Sun Cobalt Series Management Tools

Provision of Markets solution for replacing Sun Cobalt Series based on IBM Japan's ® xSeries®

Daiwabo Information Systems Co., Ltd. (DIS, President: Hirokazu Matsumoto, Head office: Honmachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka) will start distributing Internet server appliances in alliance with IBM Japan, Ltd. (President: Takuma Ohtoshi, Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo) and ClassCat Co., Ltd. (President: Noriyuki Sasaki, Head Office: Minato-ku, Tokyo).

The IBM ® xSeries®, based on their advanced technology that incorporates the ClassCat Cute® Manager Series, provided by ClassCat, is built into the Internet server appliance launched today. The new Internet server appliance is an ideal replacement for Sun Microsystems' Cobalt server that was introduced in large numbers three to four years ago. The platform can be changed while maintaining the same usage environment.

We will distribute the new product to the SOHO and educational markets as well as hosting operators, and plan to offer it as a platform for mission-critical operations.

At the same time, DIS provides customers and sales partners with not only server appliances but also one-stop services that include introduction, installation, a help desk, and hardware and software maintenance in alliance with DIS's subsidiary DIS Technical Service Co., Ltd.

In our lineup of Internet server appliances, we offer a SOHO Edition and a Datacenter Edition, each of which features maintenance-free operation thanks to Linux-based security hole patching measures and automatic updates and patches.

SOHO Edition
This is best suited as an intranet and Internet server for use by business offices or divisions. It features scheduled backups, a DHCP server, and IP masquerading, not to mention the functions of e-mail, Web server, and file server for both Windows and Apple applications.

Datacenter Edition
This has, as a standard feature, a virtual website management function ideal for hosting operations. A wide variety of applications, such as e-mail, Web server, FTP, and SSH are also available.

In the future, we will provide server appliance platforms for high-end IBM ® xSeries® hardware.

What is the ClassCat Cute® Server Manager Series?:
This is a software program for commercial use that ClassCat developed by modifying the open-source management tool of the Sun Cobalt Qube 3 Plus and that of the Sun Cobalt RaQ 550 to support Red Hat. It features continuous operation and management of Linux-based Internet servers with the help of the same user interface that customers use with their existing Cobalt server.

Distribution brief
Product names:
Internet Server Appliance SOHO Edition
Internet Server Appliance Datacenter Edition

Date of shipment:
Early May 2004

Open price

Supply method:
Sold by sales partners of DIS and DIS System Sales

Press and customer inquiries about this new release should be directed to the following addresses.
Daiwabo Information Systems Co., Ltd.
ND Bldg. 4F, 2-5-10 Shiba
Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8502
Procurement & Sales Promotion Div.
Procurement & Sales Promotion Administration Dept.
Procurement & Sales Promotion Section
Tel: +81-3-5446-5170
Fax: +81-3-5446-9680

ClassCat Co., Ltd.
7-5-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052
Sales Marketing Division
Sales Information

IBM Japan, Ltd.
3-2-12 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8711
Media enquiries
Public Relations: Susumu Kurihara
Tel: +81-3-5563-4305
Fax: +81-3-3589-4645

Customer inquiries
Dial IBM
TEL: +81-120-20-5550

*IBM, e-business logo, and the xSeries are trademarks of IBM.
*ClassCat and ClassCat Cute are registered trademarks of ClassCat.
*Qloc is a registered trademark of Qwanty Corporation.
*Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the US and other countries.
*Other company names and product names mentioned in the news release are registered trademarks or trademarks of each company.

May 13, 2004