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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

Linux Solutions, Paris, January  30, 2007 -

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 SpikeTMNet 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.

"As Architect of an Open World, we are committed to help organizations leverage the best of open source software to build the innovative, powerful and secure information systems they need for tomorrow" said Jean-Pierre Barbéris, General Manager of Bull Services and Solutions. "Our goal: help enterprises benefit from open source in a fully industrialized, secure way. Our partnership with SpikeSource will add to our NovaScale platforms and Open Energy offers, providing to our customers further assurance to benefit from an extremely high level of service with certified, regularly tested and updated open source solutions. After our recent alliance with JBoss, this new partnership further demonstrates our European leadership in open source solutions and services".

"Companies are aware of the advantages which open source can bring to their information systems. Yet they have only just begun to intensively deploy these technologies. Bull has proven to be a front runner in Europe in this area. For SpikeSource, this agreement ties in with its strategic aim of bringing the global open source community together in a network of developers and ISVs in order to offer sophisticated applications to enterprises, but with much less complexity and at a competitive price. We are very proud to be working in co-operation with a technology and services leader of Bull's calibre," states Kim Polese, CEO of SpikeSource.

About SpikeSource


SpikeSource integrates, manages and distributes open source applications through a global network of trusted solution providers. The company certifies complete solutions with an automated test framework that performs over 300,000 daily tests. The SpikeSource portfolio of SpikeIgnited solutions includes a comprehensive software update and support service called SpikeTMNet. For a list of SpikeSource solution providers, visit http://www.spikesource.com.

Martial Pluque
AxiCom for SpikeSource
(33) )1 41 06 18 08 - martial@axicom-france.com

About Bull, an Atos company


Bull is the trusted partner for enterprise data. The Group, which is firmly established in the Cloud and in Big Data, integrates and manages high-performance systems and end-to-end security solutions. Bull's offerings enable its customers to process all the data at their disposal, creating new types of demand. Bull converts data into value for organisations in a completely secure manner.

Bull currently employs around 9,200 people across more than 50 countries, with over 700 staff totally focused on R&D. In 2013, Bull recorded revenues of €1.3 billion.

For more information:
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About Atos

Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a leader in digital services with 2013 pro forma annual revenue of €10 billion and 86,000 employees in 66 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Security solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, the Group works with clients across different business sectors: Defence, Health, Manufacturing, Media & Utilities, Public Sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation.

Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, and Worldline.

For more information, visit: atos.net

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