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Red Hat Extends the Capabilities of its Management Platform to Aid in Migration from Solaris to Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Red Hat Network will support Solaris to help customers efficiently transition Unix systems to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform.

Linuxworld

Red Hat, the leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, announced plans to extend the functionality of Red Hat Network to manage software distribution and configuration for systems running the Solaris operating system. The cross-platform support in Red Hat Network will ease the transition from Solaris to Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Red Hat Network is the service which makes the management of thousands of systems as easy as managing a single system. Featuring one-click Provisioning, quick set-up and flexible implementation with a simple Interface, Red Hat Network makes Linux deployable, scalable, and manageable. The Red Hat Network Management Platform , which is being extended to support Solaris, allows for increased management capabilities and scalability of Linux deployments in the enterprise. The Management Module features functionality needed to help IT organizations lower costs and increase productivity immediately, including systems grouping, systems permissions, scheduled actions, systems search and package profile comparison tools.

Customers with both Solaris and Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployed will be able to leverage the benefits of a single, unified systems management system with Red Hat Network. Customers will save time, money and administrative resources. The complete transition to Red Hat Enterprise Linux is made simple and pain-free with an established management system already in place.

"After realizing significant performance gains while being able to cut costs, customers are asking how they can complete their company-wide transitions from proprietary Unix to Red Hat Enterprise Linux," said Paul Cormier, Executive Vice President of Engineering at Red Hat. "Red Hat Network for Solaris makes the management of this transition efficient and cost effective."

Red Hat expects the Red Hat Network Management Module for Solaris to be available as a subscription by the end of the second quarter of 2005. Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers receive Red Hat Network as part of their subscription. For more information please visit redhat.com or call 866-2-RED-HAT.

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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

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