Independent Study Highlights Significant Opportunities for Cost Savings and Benefits with JBoss Enterprise Middleware

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United States, December 7, 2009

Telecommunications provider realizes 63% ROI, and more than $2 million in benefits and increased revenues by migrating from proprietary middleware to JBoss Enterprise Middleware

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the release of a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Red Hat detailing significant cost savings and benefits achieved by one Red Hat customer, a major telecommunications provider, after migrating from proprietary middleware to JBoss Enterprise Middeware. In the commissioned study, The Total Economic Impact Of Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Forrester Consulting concluded that, based on the experience of a major telecommunications customer, significant potential benefits are available to customers migrating to JBoss Enterprise Application Platform from proprietary licensed Java application platforms. In the study Forrester Consulting found that by migrating to JBoss Enterprise Middleware the customer realized a 63% return on investment, reduced operational costs by over $2 million and improved IT productivity and time to market.

"Forrester Consulting's study reflects what JBoss Enterprise Middleware customers have been telling us for years; the value in our open source subscription model and the technical benefits of our product offer customers the opportunity to realize real savings of time and money," said Craig Muzilla, vice president, middleware business unit, Red Hat. "Because of these factors we are seeing greater adoption of JBoss Enterprise Middleware at a strategic level across the enterprise. It is our belief that this study recognizes our value proposition and will encourage other organizations to take a serious look at migrating from proprietary middleware to JBoss Enterprise Middleware."

Forrester Consulting engaged in an in-depth analysis of a Red Hat customer that is a major provider of data, voice and wireless telecommunications solutions for small and medium-sized businesses with a nation-wide DSL footprint. The company was previously using a proprietary application server.

The customer's goals were to simplify the architecture of its core applications, improve system uptime, ensure seamless porting of applications across platforms to minimize downtime and disruption for the end users, and embrace new technologies and architectural standards. By deploying JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and JBoss Operations Network, the customer was able to achieve all of their goals while significantly reducing operating costs and cutting spending on annual maintenance fees by more than $2 million. By migrating to JBoss, IT productivity improved, resulting in shorter product delivery times and increased time to revenue.

Based on Forrester Consulting findings, implementing JBoss Enterprise Application Platform offers companies opportunities for operational cost savings, possible IT productivity benefits, and potential increases in revenue when product time-to-market has improved. Using the Total Economic Impact (TEI) framework, many companies may find the potential for a compelling business case to migrate to JBoss Enterprise Application Platform.

To read the commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Red Hat, The Total Economic Impact Of Red Hat Enterprise Application Platform, visit inquiries.redhat.com/go/redhat/forrester. Visit covad-carves-out-costs-with-jboss to learn how companies are saving money with JBoss Enterprise Middleware. For more information about JBoss Enterprise Middleware, visit www.jboss.com.

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