VA links with IBM for enterprise customers

In a move to attract more enterprise customers, VA Software Corp. will release a version of its SourceForge Enterprise Edition software development platform optimized for IBM Corp.'s DB2 database, the company said Tuesday.

Additionally, SourceForge Enterprise Edition, a product that enables developers in different locations to collaborate on projects over the Internet, will be optimized to work with IBM's WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Studio Application Developer and Tivoli management software, VA said in a statement released at the LinuxWorld show in San Francisco.

VA, based in Fremont, California, also struck a joint marketing and sales agreement with IBM. The Armonk, New York, company will sell VA's enterprise product, which will also be optimized to run on IBM xSeries servers running Linux, VA said.

SourceForge software is used by organizations including Hewlett-Packard Co. and Cornell University, but is possibly best known because of the popular SourceForge.net open-source software development Web site run by a VA subsidiary. This Web site will move to a DB2 database by mid-January, VA said.

SourceForge Enterprise Edition for DB2 is due out by the end of the year. Pricing information was not immediately available. A demonstration of SourceForge working with DB2 and IBM WebSphere Studio Application Developer will be given at the IBM LinuxWorld Developer Habitat on Thursday, VA said.

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