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NEC + SpikeSource = Global Open Source Solution Provider

NEC + SpikeSource = Global Open Source Solution Provider

SpikeSource, a provider of open source solutions, and NEC will come together to deliver SpikeSource certified open source infrastructure and solutions software on the NEC server hardware.

This marks the first time NEC is bundling open source infrastructure and solutions software on their hardware. The agreement is significant because it designates SpikeSource as NEC's strategic global open source solution provider.

SpikeSource delivers open source applications and infrastructure software via a global market of solution providers. By becoming NEC's strategic global open source solution provider, SpikeSource will extend its application portfolio in Japan and other regions to support NEC customer requirements.

NEC will refer Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to SpikeSource for inclusion on the Spike(TM) Ignite infrastructure platform. NEC will deliver SpikeSource infrastructure software on the NEC Express5800 Server product along with additional open source software solutions that will be included on the platform.

By collaborating with SpikeSource, NEC will now be able to offer its network of channel partners a hardware platform complete with open source infrastructure and application software that has been tested and updated by SpikeSource.

NEC contributed to SpikeSource's Series B round of funding that closed in September 2006 and resulted in a total US $24 million. Other investors included Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Fidelity Investments, Intel Capital, Omidyar Network, CMEA Ventures and Duff Ackerman Goodrich. The funding will support continued investment in solutions and expansion of channels across the globe.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.