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Greatlinux and MySQL Launch Open Source Partnership in China

Partnership to Deliver Commercial MySQL-Based Solutions to the Burgeoning Chinese Market

MySQL and Greatlinux Inc, an open source solutions and services provider in China, have jointly announced a strategic partnership to deliver commercial MySQL-based solutions to the burgeoning Chinese market.

Greatlinux is MySQL's first Chinese partner, a significant milestone which shows strong confidence in China. The growing number of downloads of MySQL from the country indicates the maturity of the Chinese IT industry that companies are very interested in taking advantage of the power, performance and cost benefits of open source software.

Greatlinux Inc. (Greatlinux) is a China-based open source solution and service provider, committed to the promotion and application of the open source LAMP architecture (namely Linux operating system, Apache network server, MySQL database and Perl/Python/PHP programming languages) in the China market. With many MySQL certified professional engineers, Greatlinux has become a certified Golden Partner of MySQL in China, and is ready to provide Chinese users with MySQL products and localized support services.

To celebrate the launch of this partnership, a grand "MySQL Technology and Application Symposium" was held today. David Axmark, co-founder and vice president of MySQL, Ricky Li, Chairman and President of Hinge Software Co., Ltd. and Chairman of Greatlinux, Mr. Chen Jian, General Manager of Customer Solution Group of Intel China Ltd., as well as more than 100 user representatives and partners attended the event.

David Axmark delivered a wonderful keynote speech at the Symposium. He made an overall presentation of MySQL's development and technology applications throughout the world. At present, MySQL is used in more than 10 million installations worldwide, supporting high-load websites and other key commercial applications, including industry leaders such as Alcatel, Ericsson, Lucent, Amazon.com, Google, The Associated Press, Bank of America, Continental Airlines, DaimlerChrysler and NASA. In addition, technical professionals at Greatlinux introduced product classification and relative advantage of MySQL. Compared with other high-cost and complicated database technologies, MySQL is a more attractive option. It is ideal for enterprises' IT departments, website developers and software developers with its highly recognized speed, expandability and reliability.

"The open source movement is spreading all around the world," said David Axmark, co-founder and vice president of MySQL. "China, one of the world's fastest growing economies, has a massive user base and a host of institutions specializing in the open source industry. With the rapid adoption of open source software, there will be strong market demand and continued momentum in the future. MySQL wants to contribute to the further advancement of open source software in China by working with our partners to offer high-quality service and support to our users."

"MySQL has a large number of enthusiasts and users in China," said Larry Stefonic, MySQL's senior vice president of worldwide OEM and embedded sales. "Many Chinese customers tell us they want MySQL's products and services by visiting our website or calling. This cooperation with Greatlinux will significantly expand our efforts to promote open source applications in the China market, providing products and localized support services that better meet the customer satisfaction of Chinese users."

"This is a win-win partnership," said Ricky Li, Chairman and President of Hinge Software Co., Ltd. and Chairman of Greatlinux. "Greatlinux is committed to promoting open source solutons and creating Chinese brands. The cooperation with MySQL represents a major step toward our strategic objectives."

"The Chinese customers will definitely benefit from this cooperation and great Open Source technology," said Mr. Chen Jian, General Manager of Customer Solution Group of Intel China Ltd.. "Intel Open Source Technology Center has been working closely with open source community and players to contribute more excellent total solutions."

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