Red Hat signs UK partnership with CCD-Metrologie


United States, July 1, 2004

Distribution agreement extends the reach of Linux and open source solutions in the UK market

Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), the world's premier open source and Linux provider today announced that it has signed a UK Master Distribution agreement with a leading European enterprise distributor CCD-Metrologie. Under the terms of agreement, CCD Metrologie will re-sell Red Hat's entire product range and services for the Linux platform directly to its customers.

CCD-Metrologie - the distribution arm of European IT Infrastructure provider Computacenter - specialises in midrange to high end enterprise product distribution services including Unix, OpenVMS, Linux and Microsoft Windows based servers environments, high end storage area networks and ISV solution delivery. CCD-Metrologie has specific skills and experience in the UNIX market which readily ports to Linux. The distribution agreement with Red Hat includes providing access to product support for both the hardware platform and operating system through CCD-Metrologie's Red Hat Certified Engineers.

"As a leading enterprise distributor we are excited to be working closely with such a fast growing enterprise technology. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a natural fit with the infrastructure solutions that we deliver today around HP, IBM and Fujitsu. There is great synergy with the Open Source strategies that our vendors and customers are developing and I look forward to helping them deliver solutions to the market." Mike Jones, Director of Direct Services, CCD-Metrologie.

"CCD Metrologie is a valuable partner in the UK market," said Mark Baker, Northern European Partner Manager for Red Hat. "With their depth of experience in selling enterprise solutions and their market reach throughout a sophisticated network of Value Added Resellers we felt they were the right partner for us."

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About CCD-Metrologie
CCD-Metrologie is the distribution arm of European IT Infrastructure provider Computacenter. CCD is the volume distribution brand; Metrologie is the enterprise distribution brand. With over 15 years of experience providing products and services to the UK channel, CCD-Metrologie holds a reputation for consistent levels of service coupled with a flexible business approach and a solid financial base. This has helped CCD-Metrologie build a business with a profitable revenue line approaching $500M in the UK.

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