Oracle and Red Hat Take Quantum 'LEAP' to Further Linux in Asia Pacific


Oracle and Red Hat today announced a significant development in their longstanding partnership with the launch of an Oracle - Red Hat Linux Enterprise Applications Porting (LEAP) Center in Singapore.

Established to grow the ecosystem of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and System Integrators (SIs) in Asia Pacific that deliver solutions on Linux, the LEAP Center is the first significant Linux initiative in Singapore and the first joint Oracle - Red Hat Linux solution center in the world. Oracle and Red Hat have jointly committed an estimated USD $13 million / SGD $20 million in software, training and resources to date.

Designed as a regional hub for the software industry to harness the potential of enterprise Linux, the Oracle - Red Hat LEAP Center will assist ISVs and SIs in porting, optimizing and certifying their solutions on Linux. By improving partnersÃâeuro¢ skills on Linux and providing access to the low-cost, secure, and reliable Oracle infrastructure running on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform, the LEAP Center will increase the availability of third-party Linux applications for the enterprise, while accelerating adoption of enterprise Linux solutions in Asia Pacific.

"Third-party application availability will be the next driving force for Linux adoption," said Keith Budge, regional managing director, South Asia Region, Oracle Corporation. "This is a ground-breaking achievement for Singapore. By fast-tracking the development of a vibrant, extensive and robust, local community of ISVs and SIs developing enterprise solutions on Linux, Singapore is enabling companies around the region to make the LEAP to Unbreakable Linux."

"Red Hat and Oracle's partnership remains strong as we have launched Linux into the datacenter," said Alex Pinchev, president of worldwide sales for Red Hat, at the press launch. "We are now responding to the burgeoning customer demand in Asia Pacific by establishing an Oracle-Red Hat LEAP Center. Our joint goal is to provide customers as many options as possible when constructing their open source architectures."

Specifically, the LEAP Center provides ISVs and SIs with access to resources, including:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux and software development test beds
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux migration services
  • Mission-critical support for pilots and flagship users
  • Intel architecture validation and tuning lab.

These facilities will be coupled with the full-range of Oracle infrastructure software products running on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform at the Center. Both Oracle and Red Hat will provide consultants and engineering resources that will help partners gain hands-on experience with the latest Oracle technology on Red Hat.

Tan Chek Ming, assistant managing director, Singapore Economic Development Board, who presided over the CenterÃâeuro¢s launch said, "We are pleased to see key technology partners like Oracle and Red Hat working to develop their capabilities on Linux with our local and regional IT companies. Their collaboration will help to increase the adoption rate and confidence among major end users. It is also a timely partnership as the Infocomm market size in Asia Pacific is set to increase substantially this year. By leveraging SingaporeÃâeuro¢s strong IT infrastructure and skilled talent, this Center will complement the partners' existing capabilities and allow them to better access and serve the regional market from Singapore."

The LEAP Center is ready to provide ISVs and SIs with the resources and assistance that will enable them to go to market faster with applications that are pre-tested and certified on Oracle and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. On June 24, 2004, partner applications from Singapore and the surrouding region will begin to be accepted. More information on the LEAP Center is available at and


About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat, the world's leading open source and Linux provider, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with satellite offices spanning the globe. Red Hat is leading Linux and open source solutions into the mainstream by making high quality, low cost technology accessible. Red Hat provides operating system software along with middleware, applications and management solutions. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide and through top-tier partnerships. Red Hat's open source strategy offers customers a long term plan for building infrastructures that are based on and leverage open source technologies with focus on security and ease of management. Learn more:

About Oracle

Oracle is the world's largest enterprise software company. For more information about Oracle, visit our Web site at {C}


Forward-Looking Statements

Forward-looking statements in this press release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Investors are cautioned that statements in this press release that are not strictly historical statements, including, without limitation, management's plans and objectives for future operations, and management's assessment of market factors, constitute forward-looking statements which involve risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, reliance upon strategic relationships, management of growth, the possibility of undetected software errors, the risks of economic downturns generally, and in Red Hat's industry specifically, the risks associated with competition and competitive pricing pressures, the viability of the Internet, and other risks detailed in Red Hat's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which may be accessed through the SEC's Web site at

LINUX is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. RED HAT is a registered trademark of Red Hat, Inc. All other names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

  • 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

  • Forward-Looking Statements
  • Certain statements contained in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including: risks related to delays or reductions in information technology spending; the effects of industry consolidation; the ability of the Company to compete effectively; the integration of acquisitions and the ability to market successfully acquired technologies and products; uncertainty and adverse results in litigation and related settlements; the inability to adequately protect Company intellectual property and the potential for infringement or breach of license claims of or relating to third party intellectual property; the ability to deliver and stimulate demand for new products and technological innovations on a timely basis; risks related to data and information security vulnerabilities; ineffective management of, and control over, the Company’s growth and international operations; fluctuations in exchange rates; and changes in and a dependence on key personnel, as well as other factors contained in our most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (copies of which may be accessed through the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at, including those found therein under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations". In addition to these factors, actual future performance, outcomes, and results may differ materially because of more general factors including (without limitation) general industry and market conditions and growth rates, economic and political conditions, governmental and public policy changes and the impact of natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release and these views could change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.