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COMPUTER ASSOCIATES AND RED HAT TO DELIVER INNOVATIVE LINUX ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS

Seamless Red Hat Linux Enterprise Edition Product Allows Linux Users to Capitalise on Business Opportunities And Maximise IT Resources

Red Hat and Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA) have announced a far-reaching distribution, marketing and support agreement in which Red Hat will distribute CA's comprehensive enterprise management solutions with its Red Hat Linux Enterprise Edition series. This will deliver a seamless out-of-the-box management solution tightly packaged for the midmarket customer. In turn, CA's direct sales organisation will sell Red Hat's comprehensive enterprise support agreements to Unicenter TNG clients.

As a result of the agreement, the companies' clients will achieve full functionality and integrated support of CA's extensive mission-critical IT applications running on Red Hat Linux Enterprise Edition series, one of the industry's fastest-growing operating systems. The agreement reflects CA's and Red Hat's commitment to maximise the manageability and reliability of the Linux operating system, which is emerging as a leading technology platform for mission-critical applications and Web-based commerce.

Colin Tenwick, VP and General Manager, Red Hat Europe, comments: "Red Hat maintains a definitive commitment to deliver superior technology that maximises the functionality and reliability of open source, while helping maintain the low total cost of ownership associated with this dynamic platform. Red Hat Linux has become a strategic solution for systems management, and we are excited to team up with CA to deliver another powerful solution for Red Hat users. We believe that the collaboration of Red Hat and CA will deliver a seamless, integrated and supported IT solution to our enterprise customers." "As the world's premier supplier of IT management solutions for eBusiness, CA recognises the crucial role that the Linux operating platform has assumed within today's highly competitive business landscape and technology infrastructures," said CA President and COO Sanjay Kumar.

 

A recent MERIT survey revealed that 48 per cent of enterprise customers view Linux as an important component to their enterprise IT strategy for 2000. The agreement between CA and Red Hat reflects the strong desire by both companies to deliver a solution that combines open source with a sound management infrastructure integrated across diverse operating system platforms with 24x7 premier enterprise support.

said Pascal Wattiaux, vice president of technology at Quokka Sports. "CA and Red Hat are working together to clearly demonstrate that the Linux platform can provide the basis of an industrial-strength eBusiness solution."

According to the agreement, Red Hat will fulfill orders through its channel partners and through telesales campaigns and in the US through its Web site. CA and Red Hat will collaboratively market the solution and conduct training through joint product seminars, channel programmes and education courses. CA's direct sales force will promote and offer Red Hat enterprise support agreements to Unicenter TNG on Linux customers.

CA has also extended its Express Delivery Service for Linux through its Global Professional Services organisation. This offering automates the installation and deployment of Linux throughout the enterprise, reducing the cost and time to reap the benefits Red Hat Linux has to offer.

said Bill Claybrook, Aberdeen Group research director, Linux. "Linux needs the same level of system management capabilities as Unix if it is to emerge as a leading platform for mission-critical applications. With CA's industry-leading expertise in enterprise management solutions and Red Hat's leverage as the leading Linux distributor, Linux users will now be able to expand their portfolio of enterprise applications."

The new distribution arrangement with Red Hat is the latest in a series of CA initiatives designed to support its clients' migrations to Linux-based eBusiness platforms. The CA solutions that are a part of Red Hat's new solution for the enterprise include:

ARCserveIT for Red Hat Linux, a complete storage solution that delivers the ultimate data protection, management and automation required by critical eBusiness applications in both pure Linux and mixed environments.

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