Red Hat Extends EMEA Partner Program with New Premier Level


United States, October 22, 2008

Open source leader refines structure of its EMEA Partner Program; Redefines Advanced and Premier-level accreditations to better match market demand

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that it has expanded its successful Partner Program in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) with the launch of a new membership level, the Premier Business Partner. With the addition of this partner level, the Red Hat Partner Program in EMEA is now a three-tiered program designed to offer partners the resources to grow their open source practices and business opportunities in the EMEA region.

The redesigned Red Hat Partner Progam has been organized to meet both the needs of the channel business in EMEA and the expectations of Red Hat's growing customer base in the region. For customers, the three membership levels will greatly simplify the identification of Red Hat partners offering certified expertise and a track record of success. The three membership levels are:

● Red Hat Ready Partner - Entry level into the partner program, or for partners with opportunity-driven Red Hat / JBoss business.

● Red Hat Advanced Business Partners - Qualified partners with Red Hat certified expertise and a track record with successful Red Hat / JBoss projects.

● Red Hat Premier Business Partners - Expert-level business partners with a significant focus on Red Hat/JBoss-related projects. Red Hat Premier Business Partners are well-trained and highly committed to working closely with Red Hat on business opportunites. They lead with top-level services and customer satisfaction.

In addition to the three levels of membership for the Red Hat Partner Program, there are two areas of partner specialization - “Infrastructure“ and “Middleware“ - designed to allow customers to easily identify Red Hat Partners that hold the desired subject matter expertise.

“With the new additions to the program, we are providing our partners across EMEA with a good partnering environment based on objective criteria and a motivational structure that justifies gradual and reasonable investments into their Red Hat related business,“ said Petra Heinrich, director, Channels EMEA at Red Hat. “Eventually, we expect that these program changes will result in an increasingly qualified partner base and therefore a strong Red Hat channel, meeting market demands.”

Red Hat's Partner Program is based on benefits and requirements for each level of membership. As partners demonstrate increased committment, contribution and competence, more benefits are made available and higher membership accreditation can be achieved. The three-tiered program structure means that partners can gradually increase their skill set, as their Red Hat / JBoss-related business grows.

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