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IBM To Preload Red Hat Linux On Netfinity Servers; Continues Widespread Adoption of Award-Winning Red Hat Linux 6.2 Internet Server Operating System


Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ:RHAT), the leading provider of open source solutions for Internet infrastructure, announced today that IBM will pre-load Red Hat Linux 6.2 on its Netfinity Servers.

IBM's Intel-based Netfinity servers are tested, certified and supported to run Red Hat Linux 6.2. This OEM partnership echoes the growing momentum and widespread industry adoption of Red Hat Linux, allowing IBM the added flexibility to meet customer needs and specifications by offering Red Hat Linux either bundled with, or pre-installed on Netfinity.

"Red Hat is at the forefront of delivering Linux to the heart of the Internet infrastructure. The combination of Red Hat Linux, Red Hat's unmatched support services and IBM's powerful servers deliver a robust solution for companies' Internet initiatives," said Paul McNamara, director, business development, Red Hat, Inc.

The partnership leverage established technology and support agreements between both companies. In January, Red Hat began licensing and distributing IBM's Java Runtime engine, Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and the IBM Developer Kit for Linux, Java Technology Edition with the Red Hat Linux Operating Systems (OS) Enterprise Edition. Red Hat also provides worldwide support contact for users of the IBM Java Technology and level three support for the hardware partnership announced today.

"IBM continues to see increasing demand from customers for solutions based on the Linux operating system," said Sandy Carter, director, Partnerworld for Developers, IBM Netfinity. "By giving customers the choice to buy Linux pre-loaded on Netfinity servers directly from IBM or from IBM channel partners, IBM is making it easier for them to make their purchase. IBM Direct offers an alternative that some customers are requesting, while at the same time offering significant service and support opportunities for our channel partners."

About Red Hat

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at

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