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Storever and MandrakeSoft Announce World Densest 1U Rack Server

Tuesday September 17 2002

2002/09/17 - Storever and MandrakeSoft announce a new world record of density for 1U rack servers. The Storever OpenChassis allows to host 7 (seven) x86 compatible OpenBrick micro-servers in 1U. Thanks to OpenChassis, the raw cost of dedicated hosting of a professional dynamic site on a broadband 100 Mbps connection is now less than 7 EUR per month and even less in USD.
OpenBrick micro-servers pre-installed with the Mandrake GNU/Linux distribution and provided with 1 year hosting service will be distributed on the Storever and MandrakeStore online shops in the next few weeks.

According to Jean-Paul Smets, CEO of Nexedi and senior manager of Storever, "what makes OpenChassis so unique is its vision based on Freedom. Our vision is to provide users the freedom to setup their server at home and get it hosted afterwards by their favourite ISP. Therefore, instead of putting many motherboards inside a single 3U chassis, we designed OpenChassis in order to put many OpenBrick servers inside a single 1U chassis.
Users can receive their own OpenBrick at home, install it with their own gigabytes of data and ship it by postal mail to their ISP to get a permanent 100 Mbps connection for their site. In the whole process, the OpenBrick micro-server remains the property of the user which is guarantees his or her freedom."

For Jacques Le Marois, President of MandrakeSoft, "OpenBrick and Mandrake Linux Advanced Extranet Server make a perfect combination to run so-called LAMP sites based on Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP. With OpenChassis, small companies, webmasters and developers can now get a dedicated hosting service with the same performance as a multinational company at a fraction of the cost.
Because Mandrake Linux is so easy to setup, we think that OpenBrick and OpenChassis will allow to extend the market of GNU/Linux and Free Software towards people who never thought it was so easy and so affordable."

OpenBrick micro-servers pre-installed with Mandrake Linux Advanced Extranet Server and provided with 1 year of broadband Internet hosting will be sold online by MandrakeStore and Storever in the next few weeks. Hosting will be provided by Storever through its ISP partners. ISPs interested in hosting OpenBrick are welcome to join the OpenBrick community.

About Storever Online

Storever markets attractive GNU/Linux laptops and 1U rack servers with numerous options for professional users of Free Software.

Storever is a service of Nexedi SARL, a leader in Free Software for business administration, production management and consumer relation management. Nexexi is the official distributor of OpenBrick in the European Union. Please visit the website: http://www.storever.com for more information.

About MandrakeSoft

MandrakeSoft provides a trusted interface between users of information technology and Open Source developers. The company offers its enterprise, government and educational customers a complete range of GNU/Linux and OpenSource software and related services, plus user-friendly and highly competitive information technologies. Additionally, MandrakeSoft offers technologists committed to Open Source software and courseware a trusted channel to offer their services.

MandrakeSoft has technologists in over 20 countries, and is traded on Paris Euronext Marche Libre (Euroclear code: 4477.PA; Reuters code: MAKE.PA) and the US OTC market (stock symbol MDKFF). "Born on the Internet" in late 1998, MandrakeSoft has established headquarters in the U.S.A., Montreal and France. Please visit the website: https://mandriva.com for more information.

Storever is a registered trademark of Nexedi SARL. OpenBrick is a registered trademark of Nexedi SARL. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.