Open Country, a next-generation systems management software company, announced it has begun licensing the source code to its flagship system management platform, OCMTM, the winner of LinuxJournal's coveted 2006 Product Excellence Award for Best Linux Systems Management Solution.
By licensing the source code to OCM Manager and OCM Provision, system and device manufacturers, system integrators, VARs, service providers and independent software vendors can significantly increase the value, differentiation and manageability of their offerings while reducing development costs and time to market.
Open Country empowers its OCM source code licensees' end customers to effectively provision, image, manage, monitor, inventory, update and recover physical and virtual servers, desktops, blades, appliances and devices based on a variety of Linux platforms and distributions.
Open Country becomes the first commercial systems management software vendor to license source code that supports over 20 Linux distributions, including products from Red Hat, Novell, Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, CentOS, Asianux, Red Flag, Haansoft, Co-Create, CS2C, TurboLinux, Miracle Linux, OpenLX and Mandriva. Selected OCM products also support Microsoft® Windows platforms.
"We evolved our business model in response to requests from customers who needed frequent ports to new hardware and to new operating systems in addition to new functionality," said Laurent Gharda, CEO of Open Country. "Source code licensees can now take advantage of our modular, enterprise-grade systems management software by extending OCM to meet their unique market, customer and system needs, while further differentiating their products and services."
"Open Country's products have helped accelerate the adoption of Linux in the enterprise, especially in emerging markets," said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation consortium. "Now, by offering OCM's source code to its licensees, Open Country is helping foster the growth of Linux into new classes of systems and devices that can be deployed and managed more easily than ever before."