MontaVista Expands Partner Program to Meet Increasing Demand

2/12/2004 - MontaVista Software, Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, unveiled plans to enable a broad base of professional services partners who have hands-on experience and expertise working with MontaVista® Linux®. The MontaVista partner program is being enhanced in response to very high customer demand for specialized professional services around design and development in the embedded Linux market, and specifically for the popular MontaVista Linux operating system and development platform.

The MontaVista Partnering Program has been expanded to include Premier Professional Services Partners (PPSP) and Integration and Consulting Partners . “Premier Professional Services” Partners are a select group of well-established professional services companies worldwide. These companies supplement the MontaVista Professional Services organization and are authorized and supported by MontaVista to deliver a variety of quality engineering and consulting services to customers who are developing and deploying MontaVista Linux-based applications. MontaVista Software and each individual PPSP will work together to provide broad regional quality services to best serve customers.

“Integration and Consulting” Partners include a broad base of engineering services companies who have hands-on development experience with MontaVista Linux. As members of the MontaVista Partnering Program they are joining the ever-growing MontaVista ecosystem and are provided with access to the latest information on the MontaVista Linux family of products. They are able to assist customers in their development process and help accelerate their products to market.

“With a practice focused on MontaVista Linux systems software, our Professional Services ecosystem, comprising of our own talented organization and key partners worldwide, offers the quickest path to MontaVista Linux based product deployments,” said Sheila Baker, vice president, Marketing, MontaVista Software. “We are meeting market demand by providing multiple avenues to quality certified services on MontaVista Linux. Our goal is to enable complete vertical solutions for our customers, from hardware design through complete application suites, that will allow them to differentiate their products and get them to market quicker.”

Premier Professional Services Partners
Two qualified companies – Vytek and MPC Data — are the inaugural Premier Professional Services Partners.

Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Vytek is a global provider of innovative technology solutions designed to enable access to data and information anytime, anywhere. Vytek draws from more than 20 years of technology and management expertise to deliver a comprehensive range of embedded services including design and integrated hardware and software development for its Fortune 1000 customers.

“By partnering with MontaVista Software, Vytek is expanding its capabilities to offer customers more choices for proven, reliable technology development,” said Tracy R. Trent, COO of Vytek Corporation. “MontaVista Software is a preeminent provider of open source computing solutions. Our partnership enables Vytek to continue its mission to work with the best companies to deliver a wide range of fast, high quality solutions and services.”

MPC Data Limited is one of Europe's leading creative software solutions companies. Their business and technical specialists have been providing Linux solutions for more than five years and are able to combine analysis, design, development, consultancy and support. MPC Data's clients include such household names as SONY, Renesas, Texas Instruments, Motorola, Hitachi and Orange, spanning a wide range of sectors including Digital TV, Consumer Electronics, Mobile Telecommunications, Industrial Control, Retail Systems, Defense and Automotive.

“We are delighted to be appointed by MontaVista Software as one of only two Premier Professional Services Partners worldwide,” said Steve Harper, managing director, MPC Data Limited. “I am hugely impressed by the MontaVista organization and their outstanding Linux products. For them to choose to partner with MPC Data Limited is a glowing endorsement of the quality of our professional services. Together we can offer our clients high caliber solutions with reduced time to market.”

MontaVista Software will continue to provide its renowned support worldwide during all software development efforts and will work together with authorized partners to deliver projects in a timely manner to customers. Customers will be able to work with their own preferred hardware platforms and choose from a full range of embedded systems software tailored to their specific application needs. This includes specific features from the various MontaVista Linux Editions, third-party software supporting MontaVista Linux, or new custom technical features desired by end-user customers.

The MontaVista Partner Program
The MontaVista Partnering Program gives customers and prospects access to a world-class group of hardware companies (including chip and board manufacturers), software vendors and consulting service providers who have embraced MontaVista Linux. With more than 270 partners to choose from, the program is dedicated to offering high quality tailored solutions to enable new and innovative opportunities for customers.

About MontaVista Software, Inc.
MontaVista Software is a leading global supplier of systems software and development tools for intelligent connected devices and associated infrastructure. MontaVista powers the embedded revolution by providing Open Source GNU/Linux-based software solutions. Founded in 1999 by real-time operating system pioneer James Ready, MontaVista offers a family of products that address software developer needs encompassing applications ranging from communications infrastructure to consumer electronics. MontaVista products include MontaVista Linux Professional, Consumer Electronics and Carrier Grade Editions. MontaVista DevRocket, a powerful integrated development environment, delivers state-of-the-art development tools across all the product Editions. MontaVista Graphics offers a rich GUI development tools platform.

Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, in Sunnyvale, Calif., MontaVista Software is a privately held company funded by leading investors such as Alloy Ventures, US Venture Partners, RRE Ventures, WR Hambrecht + Co., IBM, Intel Capital, Sony, Panasonic (Matsushita), Toshiba America and Yamaha Corporation. For more information about MontaVista Software, please visit

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MontaVista is registered trademark of MontaVista Software Inc.

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