Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), the market leader in open source solutions, today announced that eToys Inc. (Nasdaq:ETYS), which was recently ranked the top overall Web site of the 1999 holiday season by a report published in Fortune magazine, uses more than 500 machines running Red Hat Linux for a variety of enterprise applications.
eToys markets more than 100,000 nationally advertised and specialty children's products, including toys, books, games, music, software, video games and baby items. The company uses Red Hat Linux as its primary platform for development, Web hosting and serving, warehouse management, fulfillment, network operations, mail serving and file serving. These functions are split between five locations around the world, and account for a large percentage of the company's computing activities.
"As one of the leading online brands, we require systems that are resilient enough to service our growing customer base while providing the flexibility to meet our changing needs," says Jeff Speigel, Lead Web site Administrator, eToys Inc. "By choosing Red Hat, we benefit from the high availability of Linux while leveraging the strong relationships and support structure that the Red Hat name brings."
Based in Santa Monica, CA, eToys Inc. (www.eToys.com; www.eToys.co.uk; AOL Keyword eToys) is the premier Internet retailer for children's products with an extensive selection of both nationally advertised and specialty toys, software, books, videos, music, video games, and baby-oriented products. By combining this extensive selection, with helpful and fun ideas and award-winning customer service, eToys offers consumers a unique one-stop source for children's products. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, BabyCenter, Inc. (www.babycenter.com; www.babycentre.co.uk), eToys offers Webby-award winning content and community, as well as an extensive selection of merchandise for new and expectant parents.
Open Source Momentum
International Data Corp. (IDC) research states that paid Linux shipments grew faster than any other server operating system over the past two years. IDC preliminary figures for 1999 show Linux shipments hold 24.6 percent of the server operating system market, up from 15.8 in 1998.
According to research firm NetCraft, Inc. (www.netcraft.com), 29 percent of all public Web servers run on Linux, making Linux the most popular operating system for public Web sites. Finally, IDC predicts that by 2002, there will be more than 55 million handheld and notebook-style information appliance devices and that by 2005, shipments of these appliances will exceed shipments of PCs.
Red Hat's numerous alliances with industry leaders and the demand for Linux-based applications has created open source support from many of the industry's leading software and hardware manufacturers, including Compaq, Computer Associates, Corel, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Netscape, Novell, Oracle and SAP.
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 http://www.redhat.com.
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