MontaVista Expands by Acquiring Two Companies

MontaVista(R) Software, Inc, the global leader in embedded Linux, has bought two UK-based companies in a move that strengthens its ability to meet exploding demand in Europe for commercial Linux products and services. MontaVista Limited, originally established as a joint venture, has been fully acquired by MontaVista Software, Inc, and bolsters its direct sales and customer service operations in the important UK market. MontaVista Software, Inc has also bought Liberté, the European-focused Linux design services company, and a close affiliate of MontaVista Limited.

The increase in the European sales and services team will help to maintain MontaVista’s dominant share of the commercial Linux market as demand for the open-source OS explodes across nearly every sector of the embedded market.

The entire sales and services delivery staff of both MontaVista Limited and Liberté have become full-time MontaVista Software employees. This larger staff will be crucial in ensuring MontaVista satisfies sharply rising demand from large electronic and industrial customers for help in implementing Linux in the latest generations of consumer, telecom and mobile devices.

Russell Harris, Executive Vice-President of World Wide Field Operations at MontaVista Software, said: ‘Customers are clamouring for access to scarce kernel-level expertise in real-time Linux, and the acquisition of Liberté and MontaVista Limited expands our experience and capabilities to provide the services and support they need.

‘From the handset to telecoms infrastructure to connected consumer devices, Linux is becoming the platform of choice in place of outdated, limited-function RTOSs. The growth in the embedded Linux market in Europe is phenomenal, and MontaVista Software is now extremely well placed to serve that demand.’

The MontaVista Limited and Liberté units, which will now carry the MontaVista Software name, will provide sales support and professional/consulting services to electronic design customers and partners for the entire EMEA region, helping them to customise Linux and to implement new software platforms that use the open-source OS.

Ian Graham, former head of both organisations and now European Director of Professional Services for MontaVista Software, said: ‘The transition into MontaVista has been seamless for our customers, employees and partners. With the increase in EMEA capability and focus, we are now well positioned to address the growing demand for the embedded Linux OS and value-added services.’

About MontaVista Software
MontaVista Software is the leading provider of Linux for intelligent devices and telecommunications infrastructure. MontaVista delivers a commercial-quality Linux operating system, easy-to-use development tools, expert support, design and migration services and a complete ecosystem of more than 400 partners. Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., MontaVista has operations in 15 countries.

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