Red Hat To Deliver Comprehensive End-to-End E-Commerce Solution For Retail and B2B Customers In Conjunction With Compaq And Pioneer-Standard


United States, August 31, 2001

Combination of Integrated, Optimised and Tested Hardware and Software and End-to-End Services Designed for Rapid, Cost Effective Development and Deployment

Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHAT), the leader in developing, deploying and managing open source solutions, announced today through partnerships with Compaq Computer Corp. (NYSE: CPQ) and Pioneer-Standard Corporation (NASDAQ: PIOS) the immediate availability of a complete, integrated and fully scalable e-Commerce solution. Based on the recently announced Red Hat E-Commerce Suite, the single server and clustered configurations are designed to help businesses get online quickly without compromising scalability, functionality or customisability.

"With the backing of major partners such as Compaq and Pioneer-Standard, we are able to provide a unique e-Commerce offering to customers," said Colin Tenwick, VP and General Manager Red Hat EMEA. "The combination of proven open source software and industry leading Compaq ProLiant(TM) servers delivers the scalability, functionality and customisability that many businesses demand, without the complexity or cost of high-end enterprise applications."

Pioneer-Standard provides system integration engineering by installing and configuring the Red Hat E-Commerce Suite on industry standard Compaq ProLiant(TM) servers. Professional consulting for Web application development, site design, and legacy system integration are all available as optional services. In addition, technical support and training for both developers and business users is available as well.

"Partnering with Red Hat and Compaq enables us to offer customers a non-proprietary solution that helps them reach their business goals quickly and cost-effectively," said Bob Bailey, senior vice president, Pioneer-Standard, Computer Systems Division. "Our commitment to this partnership goes well beyond simply delivering parts to customers - we have a team of experts who will provide continuous, customised support for this dynamic suite of products."

The Red Hat E-Commerce Suite may be clustered and/or load-balanced to provide maximum availability and scalability. Clustered configurations for the Red Hat E-Commerce Suite have been developed to provide the added option of an economical pre-configured clustered solution for customers who require load balancing and failover for business critical e-commerce applications. All systems are configured for optimum performance and thoroughly tested to ensure a smooth e-commerce deployment.

"By working with Red Hat and Pioneer to integrate Red Hat's E-Commerce Suite with market leading Compaq ProLiant servers, we are providing a unique value proposition for our customers requiring enterprise application-like features in a simple and easy to implement solution that also meets their budget requirements" said Dan Vertrees, Vice President, Compaq North America Partner Sales and Marketing.

Integrated Red Hat E-commerce Cluster Solution Features:

Businesses can choose from three custom E-Commerce solutions designed to meet a wide range of customer requirements:

Single Server

  • Compaq ProLiant DL360 Server
  • Red Hat E-Commerce Suite

Enterprise 3 Server Cluster

  • 3 - Compaq ProLiant DL360 Servers
  • Red Hat E-Commerce Suite (3 server cluster)
  • (Includes 1 year Red Hat E-Commerce System Response Services, Standard hours)

Mission Critical 5 Server Cluster

  • 5 - Compaq ProLiant DL360 Servers
  • Red Hat E-Commerce Suite (5 server cluster)
  • (Includes 1 year Red Hat E-Commerce System Response Services, 24x7 hours)

Pricing and Availability

The E-Commerce Cluster Solutions are available from Pioneer-Standard (Pioneer-Standard part numbers).

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