Red Hat Gains Momentum in the Spanish Market


United States, December 6, 2006

In recent months, companies from multiple sectors have placed their trust in Red Hat for its commitment to interoperability and reliability of its technology.

Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ: RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that the company has experienced strong growth in Spain in recent months, with a substantial increase in the number of customers that rely on its open source technology.

Companies from multiple sectors, including energy, insurance, financial services, shipping, logistics and public sector are selecting Red Hat solutions to provide stability to their mission critical information systems. "Red Hat is experiencing strong momentum in Spain, where companies are opting for a broad rollout of open source software to benefit from a complete open source architecture, without any hidden costs. Customers are choosing Red Hat for its commitment to interoperability between platforms and reliability of its technology," said Werner Knoblich, VP of EMEA at Red Hat.

In the insurance sector, Union Alcoyana is one of the recent customers that deployed Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the main operating system in a number of IT projects. "We just recently finished our web server project," explained JosŽ Agull—, Programmer Analyst of the insurance company. "We had previously been experiencing hardware compatibility problems and also some issues regarding server security, so a new system was essential. The implementation was a success and working with Red Hat has undoubtedly had very real benefits for our company. This project was the most recent in a long-standing relationship with Red Hat and we continue to rely on their strong support, technical service and product updates."

Arsys, a leading Internet service provider in Spain with regional presence in France and Portugal, announced its migration to Red Hat Enterprise Linux as its main platform to develop and offer secure Internet services to its 120,000 customers across Europe in September this year. By migrating to Red Hat, Arsys benefits from reduced costs and extended support for seven years through the Red Hat Network for updates and patches, as well as the automation of key administrative tasks that will drastically reduce the working hours for the staff maintaining the platforms. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform will enable Arsys to provide services such as Apache, PHP, MySQL, Postfix and Cyrus technologies to its customers.

"We chose Red Hat because of its combination of leading market position, industry support and certification from the major hardware and software manufacturers, the security and reliability of the platform and the training, support and tools. Taken together, migrating across to Red Hat will help us to ease part of our IT management cycle and allow us to save a considerable amount of time," commented Manuel Amutio, General Technical Director at Arsys Internet.

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About Union Alcoyana

Union Alcoyana, Joint Stock Insurance and Reinsurance company, incorporated in 1877 in Alicante. Today, the company operates in the Non-life lines, focusing mainly in three areas: industrial risks, patrimonial protection and patrimonial risks.

About Arsys

With more than 300000 registrar domains and more that 120000 customers, Arsys Internet is the leading web registrar and hosting provider in Spain and holds one of the first places in Europe. The company, with more than 200 employees, provides Internet services to more than 100 countries through, and In 2005, got a Û27,6 million turnover, up 18% from prior fiscal year.

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. The most trusted name in open source, CIOs and other senior-level IT executives have ranked Red Hat as the industry's most valued vendor for two consecutive years in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value study. 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:

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