Red Hat Supports the Complete IBM eServer Line for the Next Phase of eBusiness

Research Triangle Park

United States, October 9, 2000

Red Hat is the First Linux Developer to Offer Complete Package of IBM Software, and eServer Line, Along with Services, for Linux

Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHAT), the leader in developing, deploying and managing open source Internet infrastructure, today announced its support of IBM's new eServer*, the next generation of servers created to handle the unparalleled demands of e-business.

IBM's newly introduced eServer line is built around open standards and features mainframe-class reliability and scalability while providing capacity on demand to meet the intense requirements of today's high-speed networks.

With this announcement, Red Hat Linux will run on the entire IBM eServer line and all of IBM's Linux-enabled software, providing customers application flexibility across a variety of platforms from large enterprises to small businesses.

Red Hat and IBM entered an agreement in August 2000 ("IBM and Red Hat Collaborate to Deliver e-business Software Solutions for Linux") to jointly market, distribute and support bundled IBM, Lotus, Tivoli and Red Hat software offerings. For more information and availability of these offerings, please see www.redhat.com/products/software.

"With the eServer launch just last week, it's exciting to see the entire line embraced by Red Hat - the industry-leading Linux developer," said Dick Sullivan, vice president, Solutions and Integration Marketing, IBM Software. "Red Hat clearly understands the demands placed on companies implementing e-business on Linux and can now offer customers support across highly scaleable server and middleware lines delivering an integrated solution for the smallest business to the largest enterprise."

The IBM eServer family is designed for serious e-business -- where customers need 24x7 reliability and security. The new line combines IBM's best server assets, including years of expertise in developing servers and the software that works best on them, with an industry-leading commitment to deliver what customers need to make their e-infrastructure work for the next phase of e-business.

"IBM and Red Hat have a strong relationship that dates back to the early days of our company and has expanded several times, and we see this announcement as reinforcing IBM's commitment to Linux and to Red Hat," said Matthew Szulik, president and CEO, Red Hat, Inc. "The fact that Red Hat Linux supports the entire eServer line demonstrates the scalability, reliability and power of our offering. With Red Hat Linux and the IBM eServer line, IBM customers will have the best possible foundation on which to build their Internet infrastructure."

Red Hat Linux will be supported on the complete IBM eServer Line, which includes:

  • IBM eServer zSeries: most reliable, mission-critical data and transaction server on earth.

  • IBM eServer pSeries: most powerful, technologically advanced UNIX server.

  • IBM eServer iSeries: high performance, integrated business server for mid-market companies.

  • IBM eServer xSeries: affordable, Linux-ready, Intel-based servers with mainframe-inspired reliability technologies.

In addition, Red Hat is making available today, via their Web site (www.redhat.com/software/bundles/), the following IBM middleware:

  • Red Hat Linux and IBM DB2® Universal Database

  • Red Hat Linux and IBM WebSphere® Application Server

  • Red Hat Linux and Lotus Domino®

  • Red Hat Linux and IBM Small Business Pack for Linux


About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat, the world's leading open source and Linux provider, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with satellite offices spanning the globe. Red Hat is leading Linux and open source solutions into the mainstream by making high quality, low cost technology accessible. Red Hat provides operating system software along with middleware, applications and management solutions. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide and through top-tier partnerships. Red Hat's open source strategy offers customers a long term plan for building infrastructures that are based on and leverage open source technologies with focus on security and ease of management. Learn more: http://www.redhat.com

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IBM Servers and Red Hat Footnote

*The IBM eServer brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo with the following descriptive term "server" following it. The IBM e-business logo, xSeries, iSeries and zSeries are all trademarks of IBM Corporation.

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