Turbolinux to Launch Platform Across China's National Railway System

Posted by dave on Jun 10, 2004 5:40 PM EDT
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Turbolinux Operating Systems Will Be Deployed in 14 Railway Bureaus, 230 Railway Stations and Over 440 Passenger Package Delivery Service Facilities Throughout China

BEIJING--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 10, 2004--Turbolinux, a global leader of Linux-based solutions, today announced the signing of an agreement with the China Ministry of Railways (MOR) under which Turbolinux will provide operating systems and applications designed to centralize package delivery operation and management. A key highlight of the contract includes the adoption of TurboHA, a high-availability server support application, developed by Turbolinux in China. This proposed implementation of Linux -- the first on a massive scale by the MOR -- signifies a heightened acceptance of Linux operating systems by government entities in Asia.

"Turbolinux continues to penetrate market share and expand capabilities in China, particularly in the area of large-scale Linux deployment," said Koichi Yano, president and COO of Turbolinux. "We look forward to helping the China MOR streamline its parcel delivery process, which will also encourage IT standardization in governments and municipalities throughout Asia."

The package delivery system in China utilizes the postal service and rail transportation. To modernize the package delivery process, the Ministry of Railways selected Turbolinux to develop a consolidated digital infrastructure. The widely deployed Linux-based system will link package delivery facilities and the Ministry of Railway Systems computer network, and will process 95% of the total freight volume -- nearly 200 million parcels annually.

Contract terms include the deployment of 300 copies of Turbolinux's Server product and TurboHA, which will be installed on 160 servers. TurboHA requires two or more servers for fail-over capability; it has dual-server monitoring capabilities and provides an immediate command-line interface in the event of a server malfunction, thereby reducing server downtime to a minimum.

The Turbolinux-designed platform enables full range tracking and package delivery management, expedites internal communication, offers upgraded security measures via password-based authentication, and provides information services to the public in an accurate and timely manner.

Key features of the three-level hierarchy developed by Turbolinux, comprised of IT management systems at delivery service stations, bureau tracking centers and the MOR main database, include:

-- Seamless integration of computer-based management systems for all three tiers;

-- Effective interface of external system and data exchange;

-- Networked package information tracking and inquiry;

-- Networked statistics and measurement;

-- Unified basic data management and data communication management;

-- Increased software maintenance management and security management;

-- Exceptional system stability and fault tolerance; and

-- Reliability for mission-critical workloads.

In 2002, Turbolinux partnered with China Sinopec, the largest producer of refined oil products in Asia, to successfully deploy the first large-scale Linux system in China. As the only company that has implemented large national Linux-based projects in China, Turbolinux and its partners are uniquely positioned to revolutionize the package delivery system in China through its newly formed alliance with the China Ministry of Railways.

Turbolinux continues to build on its reputation as an industry leader in the global marketplace offering high-end Linux software products, technology solutions, comprehensive technical support and experienced system engineering to multiple industries.

About Turbolinux, Inc.

Turbolinux develops and sells the leading Linux distribution in Asia-Pacific. The operating system is optimized to run on a wide range of hardware platforms, including Intel and AMD-based servers. Turbolinux, with headquarters in Japan and offices in China and the U.S., plays a major role in developing Linux systems for the Asian market, including Japanese and Chinese language "double-byte" text support. More than half of Turbolinux's staff is dedicated to Linux engineering development and support, providing expert support and custom application development services that go beyond Japanese localization issues. Turbolinux works extensively with standards bodies and partners to ensure certification and software compatibility in all business environments. For more information, visit [HYPERLINK@www.turbolinux.com.]

Turbolinux is a trademark of Turbolinux, Inc. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. Contacts Turbolinux, Inc. - USA Michael Jennings, +1-760-318-0495 [e-mail:pr@turbolinux.com] or Turbolinux, Inc. - Japan Linda Arai, +81-3-5766-0143 [e-mail:pr@turbolinux.com]

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