LinuxIT announces exclusive commitment to Red Hat partnership continuing to deliver key open source solutions to the SMB market

London

United States, November 7, 2005
Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), the worlds leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, today announced that LinuxIT, one of the first Red Hat Advanced Partner has taken a further step in formalising its partnership by focusing upon Red Hat exclusively.


By selling Red Hat open source solutions exclusively, their focus will allow LinuxIT and Red Hat to widen joint engagement opportunities with their respective customers. These opportunities can be fulfilled by the emphasis LinuxIT is placing upon Red Hat solutions and associated training services.


"We are now a year into the Business Partner program and have successfully managed greater penetration of the market at large as a result of the joint engagement", said Hitesh Patel, UK and Ireland Business Partner Manager for Red Hat. "We see LinuxIT as a key partner to Red Hat as it has an import role as a strategic partner for the skills and influence the company delivers to its customers within the SMB environment. With this even closer partnership with LinuxIT, Red Hat will be able to benefit from LinuxITs knowledge of the SMB marketplace and will be developing key solutions that address the needs of this niche market."


As part of the evolution of the business partner program, Red Hat is empowering its partners to sell the full range of Red Hat Training courses including on-site training delivered at the customers premises.


As well as the skills and experience LinuxIT has built over the years, the organisation has a strong training practice which it has also agreed to give an exclusively Red Hat specific focus.


Peter Dawes-Huish, Sales Director at LinuxIT commented, "Our business is expanding in rapid succession with the growth associated with the commercial SMB market place.
By focusing on the Linux distributor that has notoriety for enterprise wide technologies we are in a strong position to capitalise further from the relationship with Red Hat.
Red Hat has a clear strategy that empowers the customer with freedom of choice of applications.
Giving freedom and flexibility back to the customers enables them to select best of breed technologies, providing the perfect fit for their business requirements."


Further information about the Red Hat Advanced Programme can be found at http://www.europe.redhat.com/partners/


About LinuxIT Europe


LinuxIT Europe is a leading independent provider of IT Infrastructure integrating Linux and Open Source solutions with Microsoft and other vendors’ technologies. LinuxIT is the UK Powerhouse of Linux expertise with consultants forming the backbone to the services of most of the best known names in IT.


Our aim is to work in partnership with our customers to identify the best IT solution to the business problems, and assist in implementing the solution most appropriate to the customer’s business and technical needs.


As IT infrastructure experts, our knowledge includes all of the commonly used operating systems and applications from most of the hardware and software vendors, ranging from Microsoft to RedHat. As independent consultants our recommendations may include any or all of these vendors’ solutions irrespective of personal prejudice. LinuxIT’s customers are predominantly SMEs across the entire spectrum of vertical market sectors.
For more information, please visit www.linuxit.com


About Red Hat, Inc.


Red Hat, the worlds 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 Hats 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


Forward-Looking Statements


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For more information:


Andi Lustak
AxiCom for Red Hat
+44 20 8392 4058
andi.lustak@axicom.com


Ev Milker
LinuxIT
+44 (0)117 905 8718
evm@linuxit.com