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Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), the world's premier open source software provider, today announced a major milestone in the company's long-term strategy of delivering an Open Source Architecture to the enterprise. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 is now available supporting a greatly increased range of IT deployments and spanning seven hardware architectures. Emphasising scalability, performance and extended system coverage, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 provides a stable operating system platform that enables customers to realise the benefits of open source solutions across their complete computing infrastructure - from the desktop to the largest server.
"Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 marks a significant achievement in the maturation of open source," said Paul Cormier, Executive Vice president of Engineering at Red Hat. "This release will act as the unifying platform, and will support seven hardware architectures for both client and server deployments. Red Hat Enterprise Linux has gained the reputation as the de facto enterprise Linux standard. This second generation solution from Red Hat will strengthen Red Hat's global foothold in the enterprise and eliminate the need for proprietary Unix."
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 was developed in close collaboration with customers, hardware manufacturers and software partners with a focus on performance, scalability, and the support of a secure, consistent enterprise-wide platform. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 includes numerous features providing a potent combination of the latest technical features and enterprise stability:
Native Posix Threading Library provides significant performance improvement for multi-threading applications .
Scalability improvements include support for larger SMP, memory and I/O configurations.
Single code base improves code stability, maintainability and security.
Supported hardware architectures include Intel x86 and Itanium, AMD AMD64, IBM zSeries, iSeries , pSeries, and S/390.
"Adecco's back office manages more than one-half million employees annually, so we are continuously seeking improvements in performance, reliability and scalability," said Joseph Pagliaccio, Director of Enterprise Systems for Adecco USA . "With Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3's support of additional addressable memory, we will potentially derive savings and improve performance in our enterprise database server infrastructure." Adecco, based in Zurich, is the world's largest HR solutions company with 5,800 offices across 67 territories and serves 100,000 Clients and 650,000 Associates each day.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 is available now as part of an annual subscription that includes Red Hat Network and services. Current Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscribers can upgrade now via Red Hat Network. Red Hat OEM partners will deliver Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 AS, ES and WS in pre-configured hardware solutions in the next 30-60 days. Several leading ISV applications are already available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and others have committed to be available in the near term. For more information please visit http://www.redhat.com for more information or call 866-2-REDHAT, extension 45009.
"Systems based on AMD Opteron(tm) and AMD Athlon(tm) processors running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 deliver high performance computing to run mission-critical applications in the data center and on the desktop," said Marty Seyer, vice president and general manager of AMD's Microprocessor Business Unit. "Today and tomorrow, AMD and Red Hat deliver performance, scalability and value to our customers. With AMD64 technology, AMD and Red Hat deliver a dynamic 64-bit computing environment that delivers native, high-performance 32-bit and powerful 64-bit applications."
"Linux has emerged as BEA's fastest growing deployment operating system platform," said Bob Griswold, vice president and general manager, Java Runtime Products Group, at BEA Systems. "BEA and Red Hat are working closely together- through engineering collaboration, joint solutions and joint support offerings- to optimise, bring to market and support the industry's leading J2EE on enterprise Linux. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 is an important part of our partnership and offers continued advancement in performance, reliability and quality."
"Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 on Dell PowerEdge servers and Dell Precision workstations extends the performance, reliability and cost benefits of standardised, open architectures over proprietary platforms in the Datacenter," said Pete Morowski, vice president of software, Dell Product Group. "The Dell-Red Hat One Source Alliance makes it easy for customers to purchase or upgrade their Red Hat environment, taking full advantage of new capabilities, such as enhanced performance and expanded memory. "
"The launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 is great news for our customers," said Akira Yamanaka, Group President of Server Systems Group at Fujitsu. "Red Hat and Fujitsu are cooperating together to reinforce Linux functionality, focusing on enterprise areas. In the course of such efforts, we are pleased to make this release part of our reliable offering to deliver to enterprise customers."
"Hitachi, Ltd. welcomes the announcement from Red Hat, Inc. of the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 based on the latest technology,"Katsuya Takanashi, Executive General Manager of Software Division, Hitachi, Ltd. "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 has been enhanced for enterprise usage, and Hitachi, Ltd. expects that the announcement of this product will enlarge the Linux enterprise market."
"HP is bringing the powerful and flexible Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 platform to enterprise customers on leading HP industry-standard solutions," said Martin Fink, vice president of Linux, HP Enterprise Storage and Servers. "HP is delivering on its commitment to put customers first, offering them solutions with the best price and performance available on the market today."
"Customers are demanding a solution broad enough to cover the entire computing space. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 is getting us closer to that goal," said Jim Stallings, general manager of Linux at IBM. "Customers recognise that a standards-based platform will save them time, money and improve productivity from workstations and file and print, to clusters and the datacenter. Customers are anticipating this release, and IBM welcomes Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 to the marketplace."
'Intel offers the industry's most pervasive, flexible and cost effective platforms for enterprise based on a choice of operating systems, including Linux. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 takes advantage of the increased cache available on Intel Itanium-based servers to improve the performance of enterprise computing solutions," said Richard Wirt, senior fellow and General Manager, Software and Solutions Group, Intel Corporation. " IT departments need performance but they also want scalable, manageable and reliable enterprise solutions. Intel Xeon processor and Itanium2 processor-based servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 provide these capabilities."
"NEC and Red Hat have been working together closely to provide global enterprise customers with Red Hat Enterprise Linux on NEC Express 5800 and TX7 servers," said Yasuo Iwaok, Executive General Manager, 2nd Computers Software Division, NEC Corporation. "The enhanced functionality of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 will provide an even more powerful solution to the enterprise. We are excited to expand the global enterprise market with Red Hat."
"Oracle and Red Hat continue to deliver on our deep commitment to enable low cost, standards-based computing infrastructure for customers," said Dave Dargo, vice president, Linux Program Office at Oracle. "With Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 we offer our joint customers a fully tested, optimised and certified platform to run their mission critical systems along with integrated support, that helps ensure the highest level of service from day one."
"The release of Redhat Enterprise Server 3 is a critical milestone in the overall strategy of providing Fanatical Support? to Rackspace customers." said Dirk Elmendorf, Chief Technology Evangelist, Rackspace Managed Hosting. "The introduction of a standard 64-bit distribution will enable us to offer solutions that scale even further for those enterprise customers that require a higher level of computing power for their business applications. The integration of Red Hat Network provides us with a flexible, scalable and cost-effective opportunity to enhance our level of service for our Linux customers."
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