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February 2007
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Bull and SpikeSource form strategic partnership

Companies aim at dramatically accelerating adoption of open source applications in the European enterprise market

Bull, architect of an open world, and SpikeSource, a leading provider of business-ready open source solutions, today announced a worldwide technology and business partnership to dramatically accelerate adoption of open source applications in the enterprise market. The agreement, which is SpikeSource's first strategic pan-European partnership, demonstrates both companies' leadership and commitment to open source services and support.

The partnership combines the strengths and strategies of both companies to help organizations easily leverage open source to innovate and reduce costs; by benefiting from business-ready, fully industrialized open source applications and services. It will notably combine Bull's platforms and services capabilities, with SpikeSource pre-integrated stacks and applications, which reduces the costs and deployment challenges associated with open source middleware and application integration.

Bull and SpikeSource will work together in three areas:
  • Open source platform readiness : Bull will integrate current and future SpikeSource open source software (OSS) applications - such as enterprise content management, e-mail, CRM and Web 2.0 suite - with its NovaScale servers, therefore extending the range of the ready-to-deploy OSS infrastructures it provides to its customers. As part of this initiative, Bull and SpikeSource will collaborate on optimizing SpikeSource solutions on NovaScale servers.

  • Open source integration services: Bull will integrate SpikeSource solutions as a component of its Open Energy offering. Open Energy is a comprehensive set of services aimed at helping enterprise and government IT organizations maximize the benefit of OSS in their IT projects. Open Energy is constituted of 4 main strands: Open Access (providing support of OSS applications and components), Open Exchange (providing capability to migrate from legacy software infrastructures to OSS-based infrastructures), Open Service (providing skills and competence to undertake projects and providing turn-key project delivery for OSS-based business solutions) and Open Enterprise (providing consulting and integration services).

  • Open source support. Within Bull's Open Access offer, Bull customers may access Bull Support Centres to receive global support for all SpikeSource software solutions, as well as to subscribe to the Spike™Net service developed by SpikeSource. Bull will provide first and second level support capability, backed up by SpikeSource for third-level engineering support, and will provide a single point of contact to customers for both software delivery and support.

As part of the agreement, Bull and SpikeSource will collaborate and exchange information for the development of future, new OSS-based solutions, by sharing roadmaps and market feedback.

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