Sybase and SuSE Linux AG Forge Technology Alliance

November 20, 2002

Sybase, Inc. and SuSE Linux AG announce a new global partnership that will provide joint customers with an easy-to-use Linux platform for Sybase's enterprise-class, relational database management system, Adaptive Server(R) Enterprise.

Sybase, Inc., a leading enterprise infrastructure and integration company, and SuSE Linux AG, one of the top international providers of Open Source operating systems, have agreed to a global technology partnership. The aim is to synchronize product planning and development to provide their joint customers with a consistent support base. Sybase's enterprise-class, relational database management system, Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE), will support the upcoming SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 powered by UnitedLinux as an additional platform. Sybase(R) will certify some of its selected products accordingly.

"Sybase was one of the first software providers to support Linux. This new alliance will make it even easier for our customers to use this platform and help them to lower their total cost of ownership in the IT sector," said Dr. Raj Nathan, senior vice president and general manager, Sybase Enterprise Solution Division. "In SuSE, we have found a partner that has achieved a leading market position in Europe and the United States," continued Nathan.

The professional support of Linux's large-scale distributors has meant that the Open Source operating system has now become an efficient basis for operative applications in large businesses. In addition, SuSE plays a central role as Open Source technology leader and product integrator in UnitedLinux's initiative to establish a homogenous, global Linux distribution network for companies.

"We very much welcome the partnership with Sybase," says Boris Nalbach, CTO of SuSE Linux AG. "Sybase is the technological leader in key areas, including: integration solutions, data storage systems and enterprise portals. Sybase occupies a strong position in important industries, especially in the financial services and telecommunications sectors. Its proven solutions and services will help Linux to further penetrate into the enterprise business."

The complete press release is available at http://www.sybase.com/detail/1,6904,1022363,00.html.

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