Red Hat Joins Interop Vendor Alliance

Raleigh

United States, February 13, 2007

Company builds on current technology interoperability efforts that enhance customer value and experience.

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced it has joined the Interop Vendor Alliance, an industry-wide organization working to connect people, data and diverse systems through better interoperability.

Red Hat's membership in the alliance builds on the interoperability work started by the JBoss Division 18 months ago to optimize JBoss Enterprise Middleware on the Windows platform. To date, those efforts have been primarily in the Web Services arena, including the critically important World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) WS-Addressing specification and several plugfests around WS-Security, WS-Transactions, and WS-Addressing. In addition, Microsoft completed Hibernate certification for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) driver. Now, Red Hat can extend and deepen interoperability beyond standards to the native level on Windows for its JBoss Enterprise Middleware.

"Enterprise customers count on Red Hat to run their businesses, and they expect nothing less than the ability to leverage Red Hat solutions with their existing technology investments," said Shaun Connolly, vice president of product management, JBoss, a division of Red Hat. "Through the alliance, we will work with industry vendors to ensure that the Red Hat customer experience is transparent and seamless in spite of heterogeneous environments."

Participation in the Interop Vendor Alliance is the latest in Red Hat's long history of working with industry leaders and standards associations, including OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards), WS-I (Web Services Interoperability), and the Java Community Process (JCP). Through its certification programs, Red Hat also assures its customers of a large ecosystem of partner solutions that are optimized for Red Hat software.

The Interop Vendor Alliance was formed in 2006 to identify and share opportunities to improve and market interoperability solutions of its members. Additional information about the Interop Vendor Alliance can be found on its website at http://www.interopvendoralliance.org.

About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat, the world's leading open source solutions provider, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with satellite offices spanning the globe. CIOs rank Red Hat the most valuable software vendor 3 years running in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value study. Red Hat is leading Linux and open source solutions into the mainstream by making high-quality, low-cost technology accessible. Red Hat provides an operating system platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, along with applications, management, and middleware solutions, including JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite. Red Hat is accelerating the shift to service-oriented architectures and enabling the next generation of web-enabled applications running on a low-cost, secure open source platform. 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 a focus on security and ease of management. Learn more: http://www.redhat.com

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