Red Hat Establishes Beijing Business Practice

Beijing

United States, November 11, 2004

With support from key industry partners Red Hat establishes Red Hat Beijing to better serve the growing market for Linux and open source software in China.

Red Hat (RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source software to the enterprise, today announced the opening of Red Hat Software (Beijing) Co., Ltd. With this new corporate presence Red Hat will work to enable the open source market in China to learn more about open source and how to leverage the full benefits of open source within their organizations. Working with partners such as HP, IBM, Intel and Oracle Red Hat's goal is to provide a high value, low cost choice in computing for the people of China.

"We see a great future for Red Hat in China. Open Source software, and particularly Linux, has a critical role to play both in advancing the development of China's rapidly growing software industry and in creating the best information infrastructure for China's globally competitive enterprises," said Matthew Szulik, President and CEO of Red Hat. "We look forward to closely examining the market's needs to create and deliver the best solutions possible."

One of the first initiatives for Red Hat Beijing will be to support Linux and open source education by making the Red Hat Academy program freely available to students. Red Hat Academy is Red Hat's acclaimed training program designed to enable teachers to train students to be Linux proficient. Red Hat is working in partnership with Tsinghua University and Nanjing University to establish the program in China. With the training program Red Hat hopes to not only educate students on open source fundamentals, but also inspire new open source development and entrepreneurialism.

Red Hat will also work with key industry partners such as BEA, Dell, HP, IBM, Intel and Oracle as well as Chinese business partners to serve the needs of the Chinese market. Collaborating with these strategic partners Red Hat will deliver the choice to customers of which solution together will build the best possible open source architecture to suit their particular needs.

"HP welcomes the establishment of Red Hat's presence in China", said Sam Lo, China HP's Director of Enterprise Storage and Servers. "We have worked closely with Red Hat in many countries around the world. HP is committed to developing the Linux market in China and we look forward to our continued partnership with Red Hat to meet the Linux and Open Source requirements of our customers in China."

"IBM is very pleased to continue working in China with Red Hat, the world's leading vendor of open source," said David Sung, vice president of IBM Software Group, GCG. "IBM software has long-term investment and commitment on open standard and Linux, we will be able to take advantage of leading technologies of both companies for better on demand solutions for our Chinese customers."

"As customers increasingly seek to use their IT deployments as a competitive advantage, Intel will continue to work with the ecosystem to deliver software optimized on Intel architecture," said Ian Yang, Intel China general manager. "Working with companies like Red Hat is part of Intel's commitment to deliver high-performing Intel-based solutions to the Chinese market and to ensure Intel-based platforms are the platform of choice."

"Demand for Oracle solutions on Linux has steadily increased over the last several months," said Leigh Warren, vice president of the Linux Business Unit for Oracle Asia Pacific. "Oracle has enjoyed a long relationship with Red Hat to jointly service customers and we look forward to working together to service the Chinese market."

"This is an exciting development for Red Hat Asia Pacific. The market opportunity is rich, as evidenced by the support we have received from the Chinese government and enterprise customers," said Steve McWhirter, vice president of Red Hat Asia Pacific. Working with our partners we will bring high value, low cost solutions to China."

Red Hat announced the opening of Red Hat Beijing today at a press conference hosted by Red Hat executives and partners. For more information please call +8610 6539-1027 or visit http://www.redhat.com.cn.

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