Red Hat Linux Powers New Dell PowerApp.Web Appliance Servers

Research Triangle Park

United States, April 5, 2000

Industry Leaders, Internet Service Providers and Next-Generation E-commerce Companies Continue to Rapidly Embrace Red Hat Linux 6.2 for Internet Infrastructure Solutions

Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), a leader in open source Internet infrastructure solutions, today announced that the award-winning Red Hat Linux 6.2 operating system (OS) will power Dell Computer Corporation's (Nasdaq: DELL) new PowerApp.web appliance servers.

Red Hat and Dell, the No. 2 PC server provider in the world, closely collaborated on development of the Dell PowerApp.web appliance server, creating a powerful Linux-based Web server that can be installed and operational in minutes. The PowerApp.web for Linux appliance server delivers Internet businesses the reliability and scalability needed to ensure the performance and uptime critical in today's Internet infrastructure at a fraction of the cost of traditional Web servers. The unique flexibility of the open source software enables organizations to quickly customize and receive the updates needed to maximize performance. In addition, Red Hat will provide support for the PowerApp.web appliance server, delivering Dell customers unmatched technical expertise in open source Internet solutions.

"Red Hat's partnership with Dell has helped pioneer the rapid adoption of Linux and open source solutions for enterprise computing," said Matthew Szulik, President and CEO of Red Hat, Inc. "This expanded partnership with Dell demonstrates how both companies are again trailblazing the industry to deliver powerful, low-cost and easy-to-manage open source Internet infrastructure solutions for the new Internet economy."

International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts the worldwide appliance server market will grow dramatically, from virtually no market presence in 1998 to an estimated volume of over two million units by 2002. In addition, NetCraft, Inc. (, reports that 29 percent of all public Web servers run on Linux, making Linux the most popular operating system for public Web sites.

"The PowerApp.web for Linux appliance server removes the complexities of installing, configuring and supporting powerful Linux-based Web infrastructures," said Michael Lambert, senior vice president, Dell Enterprise Systems Group. "Through our strategic partnership with Red Hat, our development teams were able to fine-tune and optimize the performance and reliability of the Red Hat Linux-based PowerApp.web appliance server to create a truly plug-and-play Internet infrastructure solution."

The Dell PowerApp.web 100 for Linux is pre-configured with Red Hat Linux 6.2 and Apache Web Server 1.3.12. This extremely rack-dense 1U (1.75-inches) product features simple set-up and administration and outstanding price/performance to deliver Web hosting or IP services.

To simplify the installation and operation of a Linux Internet infrastructure solution, Dell offers the PowerApp Kick-Start Utility, a simple network configuration tool that allows the user to input basic network information, such as loading of the IP address, naming of the host and gateway and subnet address assignment. Also included is Dell's PowerApp Admin Tool, a unified management interface from which a user can conveniently configure, deploy, and manage the appliance servers. These features mean that the PowerApp appliance servers can be deployed quickly and easily into a customer's Internet infrastructure with minimum set-up and administration time-even by someone with little to no Linux or Web server expertise.

Detailed product information on Dell's PowerApp appliance servers can be found at

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