Red Hat Enables Expanded Deployment Flexibility and Application Portability with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

San Francisco

United States, November 10, 2010

Compatibility commitment allows extensive partner ecosystem to certify once with the ability to deploy across a broad range of hardware architectures, in virtualized environments or cloud deployments

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced ecosystem support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 from leading Independent Software Vendor (ISV) partners. With its simple certification model that allows partners to deploy applications in any environment - physical, virtual and cloud - with a single certification, Red Hat enables its ISV partners to deliver flexible and portable solutions to their customers.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 offers software developers and vendors a consistent and attractive platform on which to develop, test and qualify their products, reducing costs and time to market. Additionally, Red Hat's long-established commitment to providing stable and standardized Application Programming and Binary Interfaces (API/ABI) ensures that, once certified, applications will be able to run for the full life of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. This commitment, covering designated user-mode and kernel-mode interfaces, is the most extensive available in the fast-moving open source ecosystem . Consequently, updates and enhancements can be smoothly incorporated into a deployed system without impacting applications. This enables customers to deploy the latest fixes and new features quickly and easily, and to enjoy the highest levels of performance and security.

"Red Hat's extensive ecosystem of certified software and hardware is a key benefit that we offer to customers, enabling flexibility and, most importantly, choice for their mission-critical IT architectures," said Jim Totton, vice president, Platform Business Unit at Red Hat. "Our API/ABI commitment sets us apart from other operating environments in that it makes Red Hat Enterprise Linux and its certified ecosystem suitable for long-term, stable deployment - and does it for physical, virtual and cloud computing environments."

"Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 furthers the progress of scalable, stable enterprise computing," said Johnny Ola, vice president of corporate business development at BMC Software. "Through expanded deployment flexibility and application portability, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 supports BMC's mission to progress Business Service Management in IT with innovative management solutions that enable the portability of workloads across physical, private and public cloud environments."

"Security is a number-one priority for any organization whether they are operating in a physical, virtual or cloud environment," said Tim Brown, senior vice president and chief security architect at CA Technologies. "With Red Hat's compatibility efforts for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, CA Technologies is able to leverage its investment in earlier versions of the platform and certify and deliver our Identity and Access Management solutions for the updated platform to give organizations the control needed as they move to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6."

"As businesses look to virtualize more of their IT infrastructure, they require technology that is open, robust, and flexible," said Dr. Bob Sutor, vice president, Open Systems and Linux at IBM. "The combination of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 platform and IBM technologies means customers can look to KVM as a viable and cost-effective way to meet their cloud and datacenter virtualization needs."

"The combination of SAP® software solutions used together with Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides customers with a highly optimized application platform for large-scale, centrally managed enterprise deployments," said Helge Deller, head of SAP LinuxLabs at SAP AG. "We believe the dramatic improvements delivered in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, including support for large numbers of CPUs, large memory, virtualization scalability using KVM and advanced RAS features, will help enterprises further unleash the power of their existing technology landscapes."

"The combination of SAS Analytics and Red Hat Enterprise Linux have a track record of performance and reliability in the market for many years," said Paul Kent, vice president, Platform Research and Development at SAS. "As SAS continues to invest in cloud technologies, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 provides a premier technology platform on which our customers can build their new deployments."

"Symantec has worked closely with Red Hat for several years to provide best of breed storage management and information security solutions to enterprise customers," said Don Angspatt, vice president of product management, Storage and Availability Management Group at Symantec. "By combining the many new scalability and virtualization enhancements in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 with Symantec solutions, organizations can achieve even higher levels of storage management efficiencies, performance and high availability."

To learn more about Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, join Red Hat for a press conference that will be broadcast live via video webcast at 11am PT on November 10, 2010. The webcast will also be available for replay. To join, visit http://www-waa-akam.thomson-webcast.net/us/dispatching/?event_id=09a0527bde2a763b87bdbe202ea8a5ab&portal_id=af9b227bf07c733390c2738ee0330646.

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For more information about Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, visit www.redhat.com/rhel.

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