VA Linux Business Forum Succeeds in Tokyo

7/6/2005 - The VA Linux Business Forum was held last week at the Akasaka Prince Hotel, Tokyo. Organized by VA Linux Systems Japan, the forum was composed of a Business session on June 22, and an OSS Technical session on June 23. The Forum is recognized as the leading symposium in Japan centering on the technical capabilities of open source software based on the Linux kernel from VA Linux.

This year the forum sought to explore the continuing growth of VA Linux as a technology source, present current business conditions and the directions of VA Linux partner companies as the core businesses driving the Linux and Open Source movement, as well as introduce new technologies and solutions essential to the enterprise market built from the Linux kernel level upward.

The forum also sponsored a Linux Kernel Discussion for Young Kernel Technologists (U33). In light of the few opportunities recently for Linux Kernel technologists to get together, the forum was particularly pleased to gather some of the younger technologists together at one conference for a free discussion and exchange of opinions, and offer an opportunity for announcements related to Linux Kernel implementations and future directions.

Key presentations included:

I. 'The Strategy of VA Linux and its Role in the Open Source Movement'
Tetsuya Ueda,
VA Linux Systems Japan
In recent years in Japan, the flow of Open Source has become sufficiently steady and, due to the development methods and penetration of the approach, business models have moved from being mainly license-fee based, to consultancy-format business models providing highly technically skilled, high-value-added solutions. The key-note presentation of the event gave commentary and a look at the future of business models and how they are changing due to the open source movement. Also discussed were the human resource development activities and the licensing and other strategies at VA Linux in its role as a promoter of the Open Source Movement in Japan.

II. 'The Approach of the NTT Group to Open Source'
Hitoshi Shibagaki,
Executive Director and Chief Producer, Open Source Software
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT Corporation)
The NTT Group is using and supporting open source software in various areas including the enterprise and communications fields. This presentation introduced some of the aims of open source software use in the NTT Group, and gave some examples of where it has been used.

III. 'The MySQL Solution of Sumisho Computer Systems'
Katsuyuki Murata
Manager, Open Source Software Solution Team
Sumisho Computer Systems Corporation (SCS Corporation)
This presentation introduced the use of OSS at Sumisho Computer Systems Corporation. Sumisho pays particular attention to DBMS, which are invariably required in business systems, and developments promoting penetration of MySQL, the most popular open source DBMS. Also discussed were the status of activities toward an open stack, which includes MySQL, and some of Sumisho's MySQL-based solutions. Finally, some of the technical features of MySQL not yet well-known in Japan and the new "MySQL Cluster" functionality were introduced.

IV. 'Mission-critical System Applications and the New Linux "PRIMEQUEST" Server'
Toshihiro Kishimoto
Manager, Linux Software Development Div., Server Systems Group
Fujitsu Limited.
Use of Linux for mission critical systems is rapidly expanding. Last April, Fujitsu announced the mainframe class "PRIMEQUEST" backbone IA server as one of PRIMEQUEST's backbone Linux System solutions. This presentation introduced the PRIMEQUEST concept, and the adoption of backbone system architectures using Linux.

V. 'Special Session for OSS Roundup'
Members participating in roundup were:

This was an open and frank discussion with five observers of various activities within the open source community, and based on questions and problems submitted beforehand on various topics related to Open Source business, culture and technology. This symposium took on the name of a "roundup"; a session of meeting, gathering, synthesizing and summarizing, as well as considering the ideas of mobilizing and scraping-together, and also less-positive nuances such as those of capturing and "resolving of differences forcefully". An interesting and spirited discussion!

VI. 'Improvement of MTA, POP, and IMAP for Large-scale Use and SPAM Measures'
Alexander Reeder,
Engineering Division,
VA Linux Systems Japan K.K.
When building a large-scale mail system based on open-source software, it is necessary to sift through all of the functions in a multitude of packages to select the right one. For example, when choosing an MTA, each of Postfix, Exim, Sendmail and Qmail have choices to be made for every different situation. In addition, if the software does not implement all of the required functionality, or is not up-to-date, it must be modified. This session, as a practical example, explained the improvements made to MTA, POP, and IMAP in creating the VA Flex Messaging Solution. Also discussed were SPAM countermeasures and protocols oriented towards ISPs.

VII. 'Composition of Extensions for VA Directory of OpenLDAP'
Masato Taruishi,
Engineering Division,
VA Linux Systems Japan K.K.
This presentation introduced some of the extensions and problem resolutions that are required when implementing a large scale LDAP server using OpenLDAP. The "VA Directory", an LDAP directory server product based on OpenLDAP that provides high reliability, usability, extendibility and maintainability, was also introduced. The resulting benefits in reduced management costs and increased system operating efficiency were also discussed.

VIII. 'Debian GNU/Linux and VA Core Evolutions for Enterprise'
Tach Yasui,
Engineering Division
VA Linux Systems Japan K.K.
Debian GNU/Linux is a Linux distribution developed on a volunteer basis. Debian's high usability has been shown recently with the attention received by distributions such as Knoppix and Ubuntu, which are derived from Debian GNU/Linux. This presentation explained some characteristics of Debian GNU/Linux, and enterprise-oriented customizations made to it to create VA Core.

IX. '2.6 Linux Kernel Bottlenecks'
Isaku Yamahata,
Engineering Division
VA Linux Systems Japan K.K.
The Linux 2.6 kernel has been tuned for enterprise applications, but there remain several areas where further development can still be undertaken. This presentation discussed these bottlenecks and methods for kernel tuning in light of them.

X. Linux Kernel Symposium with Younger Kernel Engineers (U33)
With rare opportunity for newer Linux Kernel technologists to get together, this session will gather younger technologists together for a free discussion, exchange of opinion and platform for announcements regarding Linux Kernel implementations and future directions. As a group of experienced Kernel developers from VA Linux hosted, providing topics to prompt the discussion, the result was an informative session for the less experienced kernel developers.

About Fujitsu Limited
Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702)(ADR: FJTSY) is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited reported consolidated revenues of 4.7 trillion yen (US$44.5 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005. For more information, please see:

About Sumisho Computer Systems Corporation
Founded in 1969, Sumisho Computer Systems Corporation (SCS; TSE: 9719) is one of the leading, all-around system solution provider in Japan. SCS has rich experience in the IT realm overall, including software development in general, IT services in general, telecommunications / network services, hardware support, system integration services, system management services and so forth. Sales in FY 2004 exceeded JPY 76 billion. For more information, please visit

About NTT
NTT is a holding company of the Global Information Sharing Enterprise Group and NTT group, which consists more than 430 companies. One of the important missions of NTT group is to contribute the achievement of a Ubiquitous Broadband society. NTT group concentrates on integrating the group on expanding Broadband Service on Photonic Access, Third Generation Cellular Phone, Wireless LAN, are provided for Access means, promoting the structure of distributing the contents of Movies and music, and enhance the providing contents. In November 2002, the Vision for a new optical generation is announced. For further information, please visit the NTT home page at:

About VA Linux Systems Japan K.K.
Founded in September 2000, VA Linux Systems Japan K.K. (VA Linux), which has based its operations on the development of Linux and Open Source, has become one of the premier providers of Linux kernel, technological, and software solutions in the Japanese domestic market. From March 2004 onward, VA Linux has been the recipient of funding from NTT Comware and NTT Data. VA Linux is currently at the forefront of implementing Linux solutions for telecommunication and enterprise system markets. For more information, please visit

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