Red Hat's Global Community of Channel Partners See Increase in Demand for Oracle on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

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United States, October 23, 2006

Red Hat's Advanced Business Partner program expanding with Oracle solution providers

Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ: RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, today announced that leading channel partners are expanding their open source business in response to customer demand. Partners are noting particular acceleration for Oracle solutions on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Since 2002, enterprise customers have experienced great performance gains at a lower cost by moving from proprietary UNIX to Linux. The most significant performance gains were realized in data intensive application workloads. The drive to increase performance while reducing costs continues with a recent record-setting achievement: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 running Oracle Database 10g R2 Enterprise Edition with Partitioning is the current performance world record holder for the Transaction Processing Performance Council's TPC-H 3000GB benchmark, achieved using an HP BladeSystem ProLiant BL25p cluster 64p DC system on June 8, 2006. This result demonstrated 5 percent better performance and 30 percent better price/performance than the number two result, a Sun Fire E25K server running Solaris 10.

Today Red Hat's Advanced Business Partners are helping their customers migrate critical business applications to Linux. Solution providers are ramping up to respond to the expansive demand for Oracle solutions on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Compel Group PLC is a leading provider of enterprise IT solutions and a Red Hat Advanced Business Partner in the United Kingdom. Compel is the largest Oracle solution provider in the UK with over 120 Oracle consultants who deliver tailored business solutions built on the broad portfolio of Oracle software. "We have seen significant interest in Oracle 10g on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform over the past twelve months and expect this trend to increase with the predicted market growth," said Enzo Brienza, Marketing Manager, Compel Group Plc.

SLTN is the leading Red Hat Advanced Business Partner in the Netherlands and a strategic Oracle solution provider. "SLTN is rapidly expanding Oracle on Red Hat projects with our customers. Open source makes up about 20 percent of our installations on data center servers. For enterprise databases, our customers and prospects are working mostly with Oracle technology, especially for grid computing and Oracle RAC solutions," said Rob de Lange, Manager, Systems Solutions for SLTN.

FusionStorm is a Red Hat Advanced Business Partner and leading Oracle solution provider in Northern California. FusionStorm is a leading national provider of IT solutions, professional services, support contract services and 24x7 managed services for enterprises of all sizes. "In the last twelve months Red Hat has really shown increased dedication and commitment to the channel. Support has been fantastic across sales, marketing and engineering, making Red Hat a much larger focus for FusionStorm in 2006 and 2007," said Stephen Soper, Director of Enterprise Software, FusionStorm. "Additionally, Red Hat continues to bolster their technical offerings with solutions delivering enterprise functionality at a low price point. They have found a nice balance between commitment to open source and proprietary technology offerings."

ASG was formed in Perth, Western Australia in 1996. ASG has grown to be an established, profitable, publicly-listed Australian-managed IT services company with over 400 staff, and offices throughout Australia. ASG is an Australian-owned IT services company, and is both a Red Hat Advanced Partner and an Oracle Certified Advantage Partner. Steve Tull, ASG's CTO, said, "ASG has effectively deployed Oracle on Red Hat solutions for a significant number of large clients in the government, health and commercial sectors. We've seen these solutions provide significant cost savings through the use of more cost-effective, commodity-based hardware. While in the past we would have deployed these Oracle systems on large costly proprietary Unix systems with expensive CPU and memory components, we are increasingly using the Red Hat distribution to provide significantly more cost-effective and reliable solutions for our clients. Just as we saw with the move from large, costly and proprietary disk arrays to Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks (RAID) in the mainframe era, we are now seeing another significant paradigm shift towards Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Servers (RAIS)."

Magnifix Sdn Bhd, established in 1997, is a system integrator based in KL, Malaysia and the leading solution provider of Oracle on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Oracle. Magnifix has been a Red Hat Advanced Business Partner and Oracle partner since 1998. Magnifix provides network and system integration, Internet/Intranet services, application development, consulting, training and implementation. "Our close partnership with Red Hat and Oracle has not only added value, but has also allowed us to upgrade our service level to all our customers," said Meor Safi Zainal, General Manager, Magnifix.

Cxrus Solutions is a business solution provider providing infrastructure implementation and robust business applications in the Asia Pacific region. The company was founded by a group of technology entrepreneurs who viewed open source solutions as viable, low-cost replacements of high-cost applications. "In today's market, enterprises need to maintain their business agility. Applications are complex and customers need the assurance that their critical business infrastructures will be reliable. Partner certification has provided such assurance as companies like Red Hat and Oracle have invested considerably in pre-testing and certification," said Alvin Teo, Director of Business Solutions, Cxrus Solutions Pte Ltd. "As a user and distributor of Red Hat and Oracle, we are able to provide the assurance to our customers that our solutions will meet their business needs, in addition to lowering their total cost of ownership."

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