Linux Foundation Welcomes New Members from Enterprise Software, Hardware and Services

brightOne, CA Technologies, HGST Storage, Mellanox Technologies and Produbaninvest in Linux, collaborative development

NEW ORLEANS (LinuxCon and CloudOpen), September 18, 2013 -- The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that brightONE, CA Technologies, HGST Storage, Mellanox Technologies and Produban are joining the organization.

Enterprise companies today seek high-value solutions that deliver on integration and innovation--solutions that are built on a solid foundation of knowledge and Linux and open source technologies. The newest Linux Foundation members are maximizing investment in Linux and collaborative development in order to increase the value of products and services in the areas of IT solutions including management software, storage, mobile and infrastructure services.

More information about today’s newest Linux Foundation members:

brightONE, formerly a part of the global IT services company Tieto, offers advanced technology and product development as well as pioneering services in the field of information and communication technology. With 900 professionals in Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and India, brightONE identifies the innovative potential of products, technologies and concepts; develops suitable, customer-specific solutions as well as applications; and transforms them into measurable results. With more than 20 years of experience, brightONE constitutes a reliable full-service-provider and one-stop-partner for Smart Products Engineering.

“brightONE already participates in the Linux Foundation’s Automotive Grade Linux Workgroup to bring kernel innovation and collaboration to the carmakers,” said Peter Seidenschwang, head of business & portfolio management. “Becoming a Linux Foundation member is a natural step for brightONE as we believe in smart and embedded technologies for markets like hi-tech electronics, medical and automotive. End-users are demanding more and more seamless technology experiences, and we act as their partners by connecting people, business and technology.”

CA Technologies provides IT solutions that help customers manage and secure complex IT environments to support agile business services. Organizations leverage CA Technologies to accelerate innovation, transform infrastructure and secure data and identities, from the data center to the cloud.

“The projects that The Linux Foundation hosts play a central role in the continued evolution of open source in the enterprise,” said Jay Williams, vice president of research and development at CA Technologies. “As a founding member of the Xen Project, we have already seen our membership in the Foundation greatly enhance our ability to deliver value to customers as they relentlessly seek to do more with less.”

HGST develops advanced hard disk drives, enterprise-class solid state drives, and innovative external storage solutions and services. HGST provides high-value, reliable storage for a broad range of market segments, including enterprise, cloud, datacenter, mobile computing, consumer electronics and personal storage.

“Joining the Linux Foundation is an important step in our strategy to provide our customers with tightly integrated product offerings,” said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing at HGST. “Working with the Linux community and engaging in collaborative development efforts extends our commitment to provide our customers with quality, reliability and innovation.”

Mellanox Technologies supplies InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage, delivering data faster to applications by providing high throughput, low latency and offloading technologies such as RDMA. Mellanox’s fast interconnect portfolio of adapters, switches, software, cables and silicon are well-suited to challenging computing environments such as High-Performance Computing, Web 2.0, cloud, financial services, databases and storage.

“Mellanox’s solutions for Linux servers offer world-leading performance for data center applications,” said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “The Linux Foundation’s long-term support for Linux, and its role in fast-tracking innovation and collaboration with members is extremely valuable to Mellanox and our customers.”

Produban provides consolidated IT Infrastructure technology and operations services for retail banking, global business units and corporate units. The company is headquartered in Madrid and offers services including support, auditing, consulting and information technology to more than 90 group companies distributed internationally.

“Being a member of The Linux Foundation offers a variety of advantages including collaboration opportunities that enable us to give back to the community that has contributed to our company expansion and enhanced our ability to service our customers,” said Carlos Rojo, general manager at Produban.

“Member participation in community-driven projects and collaborative development fuels industry growth while enabling companies to enhance the value of their own product and service offerings,” said Mike Woster, chief operating officer at The Linux Foundation. “Today’s new members understand the importance of strategic community investment and how it translates to business value for their customers and partners.”

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux and collaborative software development. Founded in 2000, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system and collaborative software development by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education by hosting Collaborative Projects, Linux conferences, including LinuxCon, and generating original research and content that advances the understanding of Linux and collaborative software development. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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