Red Hat Unveils IA-64 Jumpstart Program at Intel Developer Forum Booth #1312, Readies IA-64 Netfarms for Testing and Development

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United States, August 22, 2000

Delivers Software, Training and Development Support to Help Leading Software Vendors like Steeleye and Tibco Quickly Migrate Popular Applications to the New Intel® Processor

Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ:RHAT), the leader in open source Internet infrastructure solutions, announced today the IA-64 Jumpstart Program, which provides all the software, tools, support and training needed for independent software and hardware vendors (ISVs and IHVs) to quickly develop solutions for Red Hat Linux on Intel®'s new ItaniumTM IA-64 architecture.

Program members receive a wide range of free services and can purchase additional levels of support and training from Red Hat---often at a significant discount. Avanti, Rational, Sendmail, Steeleye, Tibco and Unify are among the leading software vendors who have already joined the program to leverage Red Hat's unmatched open source development and support expertise.

"The JumpStart program continues Red Hat's commitment to delivering everything needed to quickly and easily embrace Red Hat Linux and other open source solutions in the next-generation of computing," said Michael Tiemann, chief technical officer (CTO) at Red Hat, Inc.

In May, Red Hat released an early beta version of the Red Hat source code for the Itanium processor platform. The early code release included the Red Hat/Cygnus compiler and tool kit and is based on the tools and kernel developed by the IA-64 Linux Project, formerly known as the Trillian project.

"The JumpStart program reflects Red Hat's commitment to its customers to deliver high-end performance and stability of the IA-64 platform for their Internet infrastructure solutions," said Victor Krutul, Manager OS Programs, Intel Corp . "Red Hat's release of pre-production tools and software and the new JumpStart program exemplifies the industry-wide support to help accelerate the development of ItaniumTM processor-based server and workstation applications."

Everything needed to accelerate development of IA-64 Linux solutions
The JumpStart program delivers a wide range of solutions designed for ISVs and IHVs working with Intel's Pre-silicon Software Development Environment (SoftSDV) or independently. It has different levels and costs depending on the level of support desired, and it can provide:

  • NetFarm, an innovative hosting service that lets developers access pre-production Intel IA_64 hardware over the Internet.


  • Free Web based support, with additional support packs at a significant discount


  • One day of introductory training for installing, configuring and porting


  • Red Hat hardware and software certification


  • Priority notification of software patches and updates and access to e-knowledge bases, FAQs and 90-day priority ftp for bug fixes and downloads.


  • Advanced developer support and additional engineering services to help port applications


  • Partner marketing benefits, including inclusion in Red Hat white papers, case studies, direct mail campaigns and listings in solution guides and the IA-64 section of redhat.com's marketplace.

The IA64 Netfarm is part of the Red Hat IA64 JumpStart Program. It is designed to enable Linux-based application development for high-performance 64-bit IA64 systems. Whether you're porting existing applications from other operating systems, migrating applications from the Intel 32-bit architecture to create new applications or develop hardware that is optimized on Linux for IA-64, the Red Hat IA-64 Netfarm offers an opportunity to develop on a future platform today.

For more information on the IA64 Netfarm, please see http://hardware.redhat.com/ia64. For more information on Red Hat's JumpStart Program, please see http://www.redhat.com/services/IA64/Jumpstart/.

About the IA-64 Linux project
The IA-64 Linux Project, formerly known at the Trillian Project, was formed in early 1999 to port the Linux operating system to the IA-64 architecture. The project currently includes Caldera Systems, CERN, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, LinuxCare, NEC, Red Hat, SGI, SuSE, Turbolinux and VA Linux Systems and represents the first major effort by the server and workstation industry to support an open-source project of this depth and scale. For more information on the IA-64 Linux Project, visit http://www.ia64linux.org.

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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