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Red Hat and Symantec to Deliver Bundled Secure Server Solutions

Partnership now offers certified Red Hat platforms that include Symantec Critical System Protection to small and medium-sized enterprises

RALEIGH, N.C

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the worlds leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the availability of secure server bundles, in partnership with Symantec, targeted at helping small and medium-sized businesses secure server hosts. The solutions deliver a certified and tested package that offers customers the choice of Red Hat Enterprise Linux or the Red Hat Application Stack bundled with Symantec Critical System Protection. These solutions enable customers to implement a secure server complete with the reliable Linux and middleware platform from Red Hat for both pre-configured and custom configured behavior-based host protection and against application threats running on the server.



The bundled solutions are designed to lower overall implementation time, avoid costly hardware upgrades and be standards-based. Designed for simple integration with existing infrastructure, each solution is certified for reliability. Customers will be able to deploy a proactive security solution that addresses the security needs of small and medium-sized enterprises by protecting against both traditional threats and zero-day attacks and by providing security administrators with the reporting and auditing capabilities to ensure compliance with internal security policies.

“The inherent security advantages of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the Application Stack, combined with Symantecs Critical System Protection, gives small and medium enterprises a great standards-based, secure foundation for a variety of application workloads”, said Todd Barr, Director of Enterprise Marketing.



Two Bundled Offerings



Red Hat and Symantec will offer two secure server solutions to customers: Secure Server Host and Secure Server Host for Applications.



The Secure Server Host solution brings together Symantec’s leading proactive, behavior-based host intrusion protection and detection technologies with the leading open source Linux platform for enterprise computing for servers with up to two processor sockets. This solution is designed to ensure host integrity and system compliance, as well as reduce the cost and complexity of data center environments.



The Secure Server Host for Applications solution brings together the same security technologies mentioned above with the Red Hat Application Stack, an open source suite needed by enterprises to run standard web and enterprise applications based on Java, LAMP or Linux. Designed for enterprise computing needs for servers with up to two processor sockets ensuring host integrity and system compliance, the solution also reduces the cost and complexity of data center environments.



“The combination of Symantec Critical System Protection with Red Hat on the servers ensures that enterprises can deploy mission-critical applications for their business infrastructure and know that it’s protected from misconfiguration, insider abuse and external attacks – even from zero-day vulnerability attacks”, said Brian Foster, senior director of product management, Symantec.



Red Hat and Symantec will leverage the “Red Hat on Intel” channel distribution model for delivery of the solutions starting in June 2007. The distribution for these bundled solutions will include existing Red Hat and Symantec channel partners which may not be part of the Red Hat-on-Intel channel. Both Red Hat and Symantec will independently offer associated updates, support and services.



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About Red Hat, Inc.



Red Hat, the worlds leading open source solutions provider, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with over 50 satellite offices spanning the globe. CIOs have ranked Red Hat first for value in Enterprise Software for three consecutive years in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value study. Red Hat provides high-quality, low-cost technology with its operating system platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, together with applications, management and Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions, including the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide. Learn more: http://www.redhat.com



Forward-Looking Statements



Certain statements contained in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including: risks related to the integration of acquisitions; the ability of the Company to effectively compete; the inability to adequately protect Company intellectual property and the potential for infringement or breach of license claims of or relating to third party intellectual property; risks related to data and information security vulnerabilities; ineffective management of, and control over, the Companys growth and international operations; adverse results in litigation; the dependence on key personnel as well as other factors contained in our most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (copies of which may be accessed through the Securities and Exchange Commissions website at http://www.sec.gov), including those found therein under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations". In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Companys views as of the date of this press release and these views could change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Companys views as of any date subsequent to the date of the press release.



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Forward-looking statements

Certain statements contained in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including: risks related to delays or reductions in information technology spending; the effects of industry consolidation; the ability of the Company to compete effectively; the integration of acquisitions and the ability to market successfully acquired technologies and products; uncertainty and adverse results in litigation and related settlements; the inability to adequately protect Company intellectual property and the potential for infringement or breach of license claims of or relating to third party intellectual property; the ability to deliver and stimulate demand for new products and technological innovations on a timely basis; risks related to data and information security vulnerabilities; ineffective management of, and control over, the Company’s growth and international operations; fluctuations in exchange rates; and changes in and a dependence on key personnel, as well as other factors contained in our most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (copies of which may be accessed through the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at http://www.sec.gov), including those found therein under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations". In addition to these factors, actual future performance, outcomes, and results may differ materially because of more general factors including (without limitation) general industry and market conditions and growth rates, economic and political conditions, governmental and public policy changes and the impact of natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release and these views could change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.