Red Hat global preferences

Press release

Rackspace First European Red Hat Advanced Hosting Partner

Red Hat and Rackspace extend relationship to over 6000 servers

MUNICH

Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, today announced that Rackspace has become the first Red Hat Advanced Hosting Partner in Europe. An existing Red Hat customer, the extended relationship has seen Rackspace deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux on more than 6,000 servers, making it one of Red Hat's largest customers worldwide.



"Since the outset, Rackspace has seen significant demand for Linux as an operating system platform," explains Dominic Monkhouse, Managing Director at Rackspace Managed Hosting. "Red Hat delivers the support we need in order to provide our customers with the service they expect from us. The extension of our relationship with Red Hat allows us to guarantee failure free availability of our Linux servers. This, coupled with the fact that no other provider can offer such a wide range of certified applications, means we have decided to standardise our Linux platforms on Red Hat ."



For Rackspace, the need to efficiently manage an infrastructure of 6,000 servers is critical to providing secure 24x7 availability of services to its customers. For this reason, Rackspace especially benefits from the Red Hat Network functionality of the operating system platform. In order to keep its Red Hat infrastructure updated, managed, and provisioned, Rackspace uses all Red Hat Network modules. By using the kick-start function of the Red Hat Network provisioning module, the hosting provider is able to install specially configured servers for its customers at short notice.



Rackspace is the first European Advanced Partner within the recently announced Red Hat Hosting Partner Program. This program supports hosting providers with a customised pricing model and additional services, which help them to guarantee their clients 24x7 operations. With complete confidence in Red Hat, Rackspace has committed itself to building extensive internal Linux expertise. No other company outside of the USA, aside from Red Hat itself, employs more Red Hat Certified Engineers than Rackspace. Globally, only the US government employs more Red Hat Certified Engineers than Rackspace.



"Our partnership with Rackspace has evolved over the years - both companies have grown rapidly together," comments Werner Knoblich, Director EMEA at Red Hat. "Rackspace's early adoption and support of Linux has been conducive in making open source software an attractive platform for enterprises. Together we have successfully shaped the past. For the future we expect similarly great achievements."



About Rackspace Managed Hosting Europe



Founded in 1998 with locations in Europe and the USA, Rackspace Managed Hosting provides its award winning managed hosting services and unique brand of customer service, Fanatical Support(TM), to a broad range of enterprises. Focusing exclusively on managed hosting, Rackspace supplies the necessary infrastructure - servers, software, bandwidth and management - needed to run almost any hosted solution.

The company's philosophy of Fanatical Support(TM) has made Rackspace one of the fastest growing companies in the world. The last twelve months was Rackspace Managed Hosting Europe's best yet, with a turnover growth of 140% and the average revenue per customer going up by 33%, it now has more than 1,200 customers.

Rackspace has received numerous industry awards for its Fanatical Support(TM) including most recently the prestigious Small Business Award from the Unisys Customer Service Excellence Awards. For more information, visit www.rackspace.co.uk.



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. 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: http://www.redhat.com



Forward-Looking Statements



Forward-looking statements in this press release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Investors are cautioned that statements in this press release that are not strictly historical statements, including, without limitation, management's plans and objectives for future operations, and management's assessment of market factors, constitute forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, reliance upon strategic relationships, management of growth, the possibility of undetected software errors, the risks of economic downturns generally, and in Red Hat's industry specifically, the risks associated with competition and competitive pricing pressures, the viability of the Internet, and other risks detailed in Red Hat's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which may be accessed through the SEC's Web site at http://www.sec.gov/



*LINUX is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. RED HAT is a registered trademark of Red Hat, Inc.

JAVA, JDK, JVM and J2EE are trademarks of Sun Microsystems.

All other names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Red Hat

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at 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 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.