Red Hat Launches Advanced Partner Programme In Europe

Munich

United States, July 27, 2004
Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, today announced the launch of its Advanced Partner Programme. In concert with the Red Hat Global Partner Programme which was also launched today, the Red Hat Advanced Partner Programme allows European resellers, VARs and system integrators to offer their customers a complete open-source solution. Red Hat Advanced Partners receive comprehensive support from Red Hat staff, both in pre-sales and in distribution, as well as exclusive access to information and evaluation versions.


To become a Red Hat Advanced Partner, partners must show that they have the necessary Linux expertise, by employing at least two Red Hat Certified Engineers (RHCEs). A jointly prepared business plan including a minimum sales target provides the basis for the co-operation. Advanced Partners are given access to exclusive information and materials via a separate area of the company website. Benefits of the Advanced Partner Programme include the opportunity to sell a complete open source solution, comprising the entire infrastructure of the Red Hat Network (proxy and satellite servers and provisioning) Red Hat Training, Consulting and Support. Business contacts and the joint realisation of projects are also included in the programme. UK partners include ISC Computers Plc
and LinuxIT.


"Advanced Partners play an extremely important role in Red Hat's long term business strategy," said Dirk Haaga, Channel Manager Central Europe at Red Hat. "The aim of this programme is to work more closely with our Advanced Partners. As such, we will be looking to develop a group of about 20 partners per region, to ensure that co-operation is as productive as possible for both sides."
Further information about the Red Hat Advanced Programme can be found at http://www.europe.redhat.com/partners/


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