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Intel invests in Collax

Intel helps fund European Linux company

Intel has joined an $8.4 million first-round investment in Collax, a Munich-based company. Collax sells Linux-based server software called the Collax Business Server and integrates it with the systems it runs on. It didn't disclose the size of the investment, but the two earlier investors, Atlas Venture Partners and Wellington Partners, contributed about $6 million.

The funds will go toward Collax's European expansion and a planned entry into the United States in the third quarter, the company said Tuesday. The Collax Business Server includes security features such as firewalls and virus scanning; network infrastructure features such as proxy and Web server software; and communication features such as e-mail and fax software.