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Server management software makers merge in $2 billion deal

Apex and Cybex agree to merge and start a new company that will design, manufacture and market software for network management.

Server management software makers Apex and Cybex today said they have agreed to merge and start a new company in a stock exchange worth $2 billion.

The new organization will develop technology for managing large data centers. Like Apex and Cybex today, the new firm will design, manufacture and market software for network management, including Keyboard/av/ne/Mouse (KVM) switching console systems, KVM extension products, digital video solutions and remote access management tools, the companies said in a joint statement.

KVM switching technology enables network administrators to manage multiple servers from a single keyboard, video monitor and mouse, and to remotely access and control servers from any location.

Upon completion of the transaction, which is subject to the usual regulatory and shareholder approvals and is expected to be completed not later than the third calendar quarter of this year, Apex and Cybex shareholders will own approximately 55 percent and 45 percent of the combined company, respectively.

Customers of Apex and Cybex currently include Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway, HP, IBM, NEC and Siemens.