IBM and Red Hat Announce Alliance for Linux

Research Triangle Park

United States, February 18, 1999

IBM and Red Hat Announce Alliance for Enterprise Solutions on Linux

Red Hat® Software, Inc. announced today that it has entered an alliance with IBM to deliver, via IBM Business Partners, high-performance IBM systems running Official Red Hat Linux.

IBM and Red Hat will work collaboratively to optimize IBM personal system hardware for running Red Hat Linux, providing customers with powerful and reliable enterprise and e-business solutions on the Red Hat Linux platform. Both companies will work together to provide enterprise-level technical support and will conduct joint marketing to enterprise customers. As a first demonstration of high performing e-business solutions based on Red Hat Linux and IBM hardware, several high traffic Red Hat web sites will be powered by the award winning Netfinity line of servers.

Under the agreement, a development lab will be established to maximize performance, reliability, and security for Red Hat Linux on IBM server and client systems, including Netfinity servers, PC 300 Commercial Desktops, IntelliStations, and ThinkPads. In addition to contributing developer expertise, Red Hat will also perform hardware certification testing and provide dedicated customer training.

"IBM has long been the leader in powerful, reliable computing solutions," said Bob Young, CEO, Red Hat Software. "This is an important milestone in the rapidly growing acceptance of Linux."

More than 10 million users currently run the Linux operating system. According to IDC Research, Linux was the fastest-growing server operating environment in 1998, capturing more than 17 percent of all server operating system shipments. A new survey in Linuxworld showed that 74 percent of those polled cite Red Hat as the most recognized Linux vendor.

"Our customers are asking for Linux solutions," said Bill McCracken, general manager of marketing and strategy, IBM Personal Systems Group. "The Red Hat alliance demonstrates IBM's commitment to the open-source movement and to provide our customers with an unmatched range of platforms, operating systems, solutions and services."

"The Linux community has faced a number of real and imagined barriers to its acceptance within the enterprise; IBM is helping Red Hat to break some of those barriers down," said Bill Peterson, Research Manager at IDC. "One of the barriers to Linux in the enterprise is the availability of technical support. IBM's support organization is legendary within the industry and IDC believes that with this announcement the technical support argument against Linux in the enterprise becomes moot. Red Hat is already the leader in commercial Linux shipments and through its numerous recently announced partnerships further solidifies itself as one the top choices for enterprise Linux computing."

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