Red Hat and HP Optimize Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for HP BladeSystem Matrix

Chicago

United States, September 3, 2009

Companies build enterprise solutions to drive virtualization and cloud adoption

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, and HP today expanded their collaboration to drive the next generation of converged server, storage and networking infrastructure solutions with the launch of open source software designed to improve administrator productivity, lower costs and maximize resource utilization.

Collaboration Brings Cost-Effective Virtualization Solutions to Customers

Yesterday, Red Hat announced the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4, the foundation of the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization portfolio of solutions. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 is now available on HP BladeSystem and HP ProLiant servers. With this combination, customers can take advantage of an open source, standards-based virtual infrastructure that provides scalability and security capabilities. Additionally, enterprises will be able to leverage management capabilities offered by both companies. In the future, customers can expect increasing levels of management integration between the system and operating environment to further drive administrator productivity.

"We are excited about the future opportunities with HP to build new platforms that will bring customers to virtualization and cloud computing," said Scott Crenshaw, vice president of platform technologies at Red Hat. "The BladeSystem Matrix solutions will ultimately enable companies to accelerate complex IT projects, simplify daily tasks and lower costs across the data center."

Open Source Cloud Solutions on HP BladeSystem Matrix

Customers seeking the economic benefits of cloud computing with the ease of use, reduced costs, and increased flexibility of a converged infrastructure need to look no further than HP and Red Hat for a cost-effective, industry-standard solution.

The HP BladeSystem Matrix is a "cloud infrastructure in a box" that brings the economics, scalability and response times of the cloud to diverse applications across customers' data centers.

"Organizations are looking to deploy open source strategies to take their infrastructures and their businesses into the future," said Scott Farrand, vice president of Infrastructure Software and Blades at HP. "Together with Red Hat, HP BladeSystem Matrix provides companies with a cost-effective infrastructure solution that simplifies management, increases resource utilization and speeds deployment of technology services to drive business growth."

Customers can obtain increased performance improvement and cost savings by deploying Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and JBoss Enterprise Middleware on HP ProLiant G6 platforms. They also can get a single point of accountability for the purchase and support of Red Hat Enterprise Linux on HP systems. With its comprehensive range of world-class support services, HP offers customers complete confidence to grow their businesses while controlling costs.

For more information, please visit www.redhat.com/hp or www.hp.com/go/redhat.

About HP

HP, the world's largest technology company, simplifies the technology experience for consumers and businesses with a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com/.

About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat, the world's leading open source solutions provider, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with over 65 offices spanning the globe. CIOs ranked Red Hat as one of the top vendors delivering value in Enterprise Software for five consecutive years in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value survey. Red Hat provides high-quality, affordable technology with its operating system platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, together with applications, management and Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions, including JBoss Enterprise Middleware. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide. Learn more: http://www.redhat.com.

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