Abtech joins Red Hat Advanced Partner Programme

Munich

United States, January 24, 2005

Leading UK distributor chooses Red Hat for key software and hardware vendor support

Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, today announced that computer reseller, Abtech has joined the Red Hat Advanced Partner Programme. As part of the agreement, Abtech will resell Red Hat's portfolio of Open Source solutions to its customers throughout the UK. In return, Red Hat will provide support both in pre-sales and in distribution, as well as exclusive access to product information, evaluation versions and other materials.


Abtech Computer Services are a leading provider of IT Infrastructure Solutions servicing mid-sized corporate clients and public sector organisations throughout the UK. The company also targets a wide range of markets from Life Sciences to Healthcare, specialising in Unix to Linux migrations, Linux compute farms, high performance clusters and high availability database servers for Oracle and SAP.


"We are seeing a growing demand for enterprise ready open source solutions in the UK - especially within the life science, academic, oil & gas exploration and healthcare industries," said Nigel Wright, Managing Director, Abtech Computer Services UK. "Red Hat is fully supported by our principle vendor partners: HP, Oracle and IBM. This, coupled with Red Hat's comprehensive enterprise support package, makes it the obvious platform on which to build our Linux solutions portfolio."


The Red Hat Advanced Partner Programme - launched in July 2004 - allows European resellers, VARs and system integrators to offer their customers a complete Open Source solution. To qualify as a Red Hat Advanced Partner, partners must show that they have the necessary Linux expertise, by employing at least two Red Hat Certified Engineers (RHCEs). Benefits of the Partner Programme include a direct relationship with Red Hat and ensuing support to sell a complete open source solution, encompassing the entire portfolio of open source products such as the management tool, Red Hat Network (proxy and satellite server architecture and management/provisioning modules) Red Hat Training, Consulting and Services.


"Abtech has a wealth of experience in providing solutions encompassing distributed server and complementary Storage Area Network (SAN) Technology. With a proven commitment to Linux through the Advanced Partner program, Abtech is a perfect fit for Red Hat," said Hitesh Patel, Business Partner Manager UK And Ireland Red Hat. "Through our partnership we will be able to provide the highest quality of open source solutions and extend the reach of Red Hat Enterprise Linux technology to new and exciting markets."


To learn more about Red Hat Partner Programmes please visit http://www.europe.redhat.com/partners/


About Abtech


Abtech Computer Services are a leading provider of IT Infrastructure Solutions.
As one of the UK's premier Linux solution providers, the company offers a number of Linux Consultancy services including a range of packages from single day projects to Personalised System Support. Abtech's skilled consultants hold key industry-recognised certifications including Red Hat Certified Engineer enabling them to advise customers on migration of applications from Unix environments.


For more information please visit http://www.abtech-uk.com/index.html or call +44 (0) 845 456 2393.


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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