Red Hat Delivers Realtime Capabilities & High Performance Messaging

Boston

United States, June 19, 2008

Red Hat Enterprise MRG V1, a key component of Linux Automation, provides industry-leading performance and garners enthusiastic partner support

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the availability of Red Hat Enterprise MRG V1, which offers significant Red Hat Enterprise Linux realtime enhancements as well as a high performance, multi-platform messaging system.

The Red Hat Enterprise MRG Beta was announced in late 2007. Since that time Red Hat has worked closely with partners and customers in an effort to ensure that the final product provides the desired features, quality, performance and adherence to open protocol standards. With Red Hat as a leading contributor to Linux realtime kernel development and the Advanced Messaging Queuing Protocol (AMQP) project, Red Hat Enterprise MRG is being delivered on schedule while also exceeding its original performance goals.

The Realtime component of Red Hat Enterprise MRG comprises numerous kernel enhancements that provide deterministic performance for time-critical and latency-sensitive applications. Of particular value to ISVs and customers, applications that are certified for use with Red Hat Enterprise Linux can take advantage of Red Hat Enterprise MRG's realtime capabilities without modification or recertification.

IBM has worked closely with Red Hat throughout the development of the Linux kernel's realtime capabilities. IBM WebSphere Real Time on MRG Realtime extends the business benefits of Java to time-critical applications. Additionally, IBM WebSphere MQ Low Latency Message (LLM) delivers high-volume, time-critical performance today on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and IBM plans to further optimize WebSphere MQ LLM for the realtime Linux extensions in Red Hat Enterprise MRG. The availability of multiple messaging solutions for Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems offers customers flexibility and choice. In recognition of its work around the Linux kernel real time enhancements, IBM and Raytheon have been voted a Red Hat Innovation Award winner at the Red Hat Summit that is currently running in Boston, Mass.

The predictable performance of realtime software is increasingly important for time-critical systems in every industry - from defense to financial markets, manufacturing, energy & utilities and telecommunications, said Jeff Smith, vice president, Open Source and Linux Middleware at IBM. IBM has worked together closely with Red Hat on the development of the real time Linux kernel and has optimized both WebSphere Real Time and BladeCenter servers on Red Hat Enterprise MRG. We are delighted that IBM and Raytheon have been recognized by Red Hat for this innovation which has led to the largest deployment of real time technology in the next generation of US Navy Destroyers.

Red Hat Enterprise MRG's Messaging component demonstrates the power of the collaborative open source innovation, with a number of IT industry leaders, government departments and financial services companies being actively involved in development and product certification.

The Cisco Application-Oriented Networking Message Bus Interconnect solution provides a network-based protocol bridge that interconnects heterogeneous, message-oriented middleware. Our in-network solutions are also a strong complement to server-based Enterprise Application Integration and Enterprise Service Bus offerings, said David R. Bernstein, vice president and general manager of Cisco's Network Applications Infrastructure business unit. By working closely with Red Hat and its MRG initiative, Cisco AON MBI customers gain a tremendous advantage via our joint expansion of multiprotocol support for mission-critical interapplication messaging requirements.

Performance testing of Red Hat Enterprise MRG messaging on both Intel- and AMD-based systems is ongoing, and has already demonstrated exceptional results. Most recently, an Intel 8-way (2 x Quad-Core) Xeon X5482 system configured with four Gigabit Ethernet network adapters running Red Hat Enterprise MRG was able to achieve over six million OPRA (Options Price Reporting Authority) messages/second.

JPMorgan welcomes Red Hat's use of the AMQP protocol throughout its MRG product. The AMQP protocol is an open standard for electronic messaging commonly used by enterprises to link together automated business processes. Today's news is another step towards AMQP becoming the preferred connectivity for automated business on the Internet, said Adrian Kunzle, managing director, Head of Architecture, JPMorganChase.

Additionally, the JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform will be adding support for Red Hat Enterprise MRG as a messaging transport in an upcoming release.

Included as a component of Red Hat Enterprise MRG is the Condor open source grid management capability. This is provided as a technology preview, with final availability expected later this year.

For more information please visit www.redhat.com/mrg. For expanded details on Red Hat Enterprise MRG, visit www.press.redhat.com.

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