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ISVs Show Early Support For Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

Strategic software partners work to start certification and integration with Red Hat's next subscription milestone

RALEIGH, N.C

Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that strategic members of Red Hat's broad ecosystem of independent software vendors (ISVs) are already supporting and testing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Beta 2 to prepare for Red Hat's next major subscription milestone (announced Friday, November 17). These software partners have begun testing to ensure early certification of their solutions at general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 this winter and to guarantee that customers can benefit from the new technologies and cost-savings as quickly as possible.

"The ISV community is key to Red Hat's success. Over the last 5 years we have worked with the broad ISV community to ensure that customers have as many quality choices as possible when building architectures based on open source," said Tim Yeaton, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Solutions, Red Hat. "Together with the ISV community, we'll continue to have the best depth and breadth of applications for the success of our customers."

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, to be released in early 2007, is the next major subscription milestone of Red Hat's flagship platform solution. With a continued focus on technologies designed to drive costs out of the infrastructure, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 will be the first solution to deliver complete, integrated, commercial-strength virtualization.

The Red Hat ISV Partner Program continues to attract industry-leading solution providers whose applications support the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system. The goal of the program has been to ensure that there are as many choices as possible for customers building architectures based on open source. Early partners in the program included IBM, Oracle, Computer Associates and BEA Systems. Many existing partners have worked over time to ensure that entire lines of enterprise applications support Red Hat Enterprise Linux. More than 2,000 ISV applications now support Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

For more information on Red Hat Enterprise Linux or for a list of compatible applications, please visit: www.redhat.com.

Partner Support

Acronis

"Our Acronis True Image disk-imaging solution is being tested with new features that are planned for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and it has proven to be an exceptionally robust, powerful, high-performance and flexible Linux platform," said Zorian Rotenberg director of Business Development at Acronis. "We are committed to developing our products for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and are proud to be a Red Hat partner."

BMC

"As the leader in Business Service Management, BMC Software helps customers align IT with business priorities and services providing customers with expansive solution offerings that meet their varying IT demands," said Sean Duclaux, director of Product Management, at BMC Software. "BMC Software is committed to providing solutions that help customers lower IT costs, improve business agility and mitigate risk. BMC is working with Red Hat to certify our solutions on the forthcoming Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. Together, we will deliver maximum value to customers combining a Business Service Management approach with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5."

Etnus

"Etnus is the world's leading provider of debugging and analysis solutions for the multi-core age. Our TotalView family of products enable software engineers to visualize, control and correct complex multi-core applications quickly and easily," said Dick Andersen, vice president of Marketing at Etnus. Dick continued, "With solutions certified on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, we can both concurrently deliver to the market the industry leading products our customers have asked for."

Mentor Graphics

"As a leader in electronic design solutions serving the world's most successful electronics and semiconductor companies, Mentor Graphics works constantly to provide customers with the latest technologies," said Rich Monahan, director of IT Engineering Services at Mentor Graphics. Participating in Red Hat's early access beta program allows us to validate our products on the next Red Hat release and allows our customers to rapidly realize the flexibility, cost-savings and value-adding technologies forthcoming in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5."

Opsware

"The increasing adoption of Red Hat Linux in data centers is creating more demand for data center automation and management solutions like Opsware's. We are working closely with Red Hat to help customers more rapidly adopt the new subscription release and realize the cost savings that will be offered by Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 in combination with Opsware's automated management," said Tim Howes, CTO of Opsware Inc.

Platform Computing

"Linux and Open Source is an important part of our grid and virtualization business today and we see it as a significant part of our business tomorrow and as such have begun early testing with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 beta," said Chris Purpura, vice president of Strategic Alliances and New Ventures at Platform Computing. "Our partnership with Red Hat is important to our customers because we're able to provide a broad range of closed and open-source solutions like Platform Enterprise Grid Orchestrator and Platform Open Cluster Stack that bring tremendous value to their distributed Linux environments."

Scalix

Scalix Corporation, a recognized leader in providing Linux-based messaging to enterprises, said the partnership between Red Hat and Scalix has been a winning combination for its customers. "Red Hat Enterprise Linux has been a standard platform for Scalix's customers for years," said Glenn Winokur, Scalix's Chief Executive Officer. "Scalix is actively working with Red Hat to ensure that our customers can quickly adopt this new subscription release with a fully compatible Scalix solution. Scalix and Red Hat are providing an integrated open source solution for customers today, making it possible for more customers to switch from Microsoft to our highly scalable, reliable and rich Linux messaging alternative."

Sybase

"Sybase and Red Hat have been working together to provide enterprise-class data management solutions on Linux," said Herman Li, vice president of engineering, Sybase. "Many Sybase products run on Linux, and with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, Sybase can extend its lower cost-of-ownership value proposition to its Linux customers."

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