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Red Hat Partner Community Offers Customers More Choice for Building Open Source Architectures

Expanded OEM Enablement, and New Hosting and Runtime programs bring more options and flexibility to a broader range of customers.

RALEIGH, N.C.

Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, today added new programs to Red Hat's already broad portfolio of partner programs. The Red Hat Partner Community is designed to encourage the combination of open source and traditional technologies into the fabric of enterprise computing to provide technology solutions that give customers more choice.

The Red Hat Partner Community is bound together by a common commitment to industry standards and open source. This, combined with a rich online experience that starts with Red Hat Network, enables partners to collaborate to build the next generation of technology solutions for customers.

Since 1993, Red Hat has been teaming with key developers of open source technologies to create the foundation that would enable Linux to be driven into the commercial environment. In 1999, Red Hat established the Red Hat Partner Program with computing leaders such as Dell, IBM, Intel Corporation, HP, and Oracle, which has been instrumental to the massive adoption of Linux in the enterprise.

Now, more than 400 types of hardware and over 1000 enterprise applications are certified on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The Red Hat Partner Community is a network of hundreds of technology companies, including hardware OEMs, software vendors, training organizations, distributors, developers and now, resellers, hosting providers and a broader range of technology solution vendors. Key partners, now including BEA, Fujitsu, Fujitsu-Siemens, Hitachi, NEC, NetApp, Rackspace , VERITAS and Wind River, and a host of other hardware, software and services companies, have aligned with Red Hat to create certified, industry standard solutions that work in concert with a flexible open source architecture.

Industrias Penoles is the world's leading producer of refined silver and a customer who has had success with several members of the Red Hat Partner Community. "Through Red Hat's robust partner program our organization has had the choice of several certified options for building our ideal infrastructure based on open source," said Pedro Luis Sanchez Armas, IT Research Manager at Industrias Penoles, S.A. "Both HP and IBM provide our hardware, and we are running Sybase, a Red Hat Certified Application, in the datacenter. Open Trade, a Red Hat Business Partner in Mexico, supports additional Enteprise Linux pilot programs and migrations. For companies new to open source or looking to expand, Red Hat is a great guide in determining which solutions and providers will be the best fit with your organization."

"The community of Linux developers, software and hardware suppliers, and solution providers has experienced strong growth over the last few years," said Richard Wirt, Intel Senior Fellow and General manager of Intel's Software and Solutions Group. "Intel and Red Hat have a long relationship jointly enabling the Linux community for enterprise technologies and solution deployments."

To support customer choice, Red Hat currently offers an array of partner programs including:

  • Global Distributor Partners: Red Hat's strong network of global distributors allows Red Hat Enterprise technology to be procured in all regions of the world.
  • Hardware OEM Partners: Red Hat has close relationships with industry leading system vendors, including Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM and NEC. And now, Red Hat has introduced new programs for all sizes of hardware vendors that want to bundle Red Hat Enterprise Linux with hardware.
  • Hardware Certification: Red Hat's hardware certification program is ideal for hardware vendors (servers, workstations, desktops, laptops or peripherals) who want the assurance of having their hardware 'Red Hat Certified.'
  • Software Partners: Over 300 independent software vendors, including BEA, IBM, Oracle, PeopleSoft and VERITAS, have certified more than 1000 applications for Red Hat Enterprise Linux through Red Hat's comprehensive software partner programs.
  • Developers: The Red Hat Developer Connection provides technology and information to community and commercial developers that are building software applications to run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
  • Training Partners: Red Hat's award-winning training curriculum is available through Red Hat Global Learning Services partners, such as Dell, Global Knowledge, IBM Global Services, Productivity Point, Sun and Sybase.
  • NEW Hosting Partners: Enabling another flexible option for customers to access Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat has developed a Hosting Partner Program with key partners such as EV1, Planet Internet, and Rackspace.
  • NEW Runtime Partners: For partners that want Red Hat Enterprise Linux to be the foundation for a complete technology solution, such as a hardware appliance, the new Red Hat Runtime Program enables partners to be backed by Red Hat's technology, support and services.
  • NEW Business Partners: Working with leading OEM partners, Red Hat is rolling out innovative business partner programs to support key resellers that have demonstrated Linux expertise.

The collaborative and transparent nature of open source development allows all market participants to collaborate and innovate to help advance open source. The result is a comprehensive set of high-performing, interoperable solutions for customers.

Resources and information on Red Hat's Partner Community can be found at http://www.redhat.com/partners or by calling 866-2-REDHAT.

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