GraphOn Forms China JV for Server-Based Computing

HONG KONG (03/07/2000) - GraphOn Corp., a Silicon Valley maker of software for server-based computing, has formed a joint venture with Chinese conglomerate Tianjin Development Holdings Ltd. to bring the software to China's companies, schools, and government agencies, the companies announced this week.

GraphOn Bridges software allows enterprises to Web-enable Windows, Unix, and Linux applications so users can access their functions through any browser. It can help Chinese companies and institutions make new applications available on existing clients and a variety of platforms, according to the companies.

The flexibility of Bridges could also help China develop and deploy locally-developed software, including Linux-based applications, according to a Tianjin statement.

Tianjin and GraphOn each will initially invest US$3.5 million in the venture, to be called GraphOn China Ltd., and each will own 50 percent of the company.

Tianjin is majority-owned by the municipal government of Tianjin, a port city near Beijing, and the company is based in Hong Kong.

GraphOn Bridges fits in well to Chinese enterprises' plans to expand their computing capabilities with security and efficient use of resources, a GraphOn executive said in an interview earlier this year.

"What they want to do is put the application on the server, so they can control the application and access to the application," said Eric Lefebvre, vice president of business development.

GraphOn last year announced partnerships with two other Chinese companies:

MinMetals Townlord Information Technology Inc., a Chinese educational high-tech startup, and Sundiro, a security software company. The companies are working together to introduce GraphOn's technology to the Chinese education sector, according to GraphOn.

GraphOn, in Morgan Hill, California, can be reached online at Tianjin, based in Hong Kong, can be reached at +852-2162-8888.

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