Red Hat Announces Support For The Latest Intel Itanium 2 Processor

Enterprise customers will benefit from increased processor performance supported on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform.

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Available since May, 2002, Red Hat Enterprise Linux has established the standard for commercial Linux deployments. It has introduced new levels of availability and performance on Intel-based servers and has gained broad support from hardware vendors, software vendors and customers. Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS is the optimum solution for mission-critical departmental and datacenter server deployments and Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS is the choice for technical workstations.

"Red Hat is committed to delivering the highest levels of performance for mission-critical datacenter applications. With the Intel® Itanium 2 processor, we've seen performance scaling of 33% on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform," said Brian Stevens, vice president of Operating System Development at Red Hat. "Red Hat Enterprise Linux continues to lead in performance and value on Intel-based platforms."

"Intel and Red Hat have worked closely to optimize Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS and WS for the powerful new platforms based on Itanium 2 processors," said Deborah Conrad, vice president, Intel Solutions Market Development Group. "The performance optimization, rigorous testing and validation of the Red Hat operating system on new Intel-based platforms brings Red Hat customers the performance and investment protection they demand in enterprise server environments."

"As the market share leader in Itanium 2-based systems, HP was the first company to offer Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Itanium 2-based servers and workstations," said Martin Fink, vice president of Linux, HP. "The increased performance of Red Hat Enterprise Linux on HP's latest Itanium 2-based systems will demonstrate to customers further validation of HP and Red Hat's enterprise technologies."

"The new Itanium 2-based Dell PowerEdge 3250 server running Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides our customers with an ideal platform for high performance computing," said Linda Hargrove-York, vice president of worldwide enterprise marketing for Dell. "The performance and increased memory capabilities of Itanium 2-based servers combined with Red Hat Enterprise Linux are yet another compelling reason to migrate from expensive, proprietary systems."

Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS and WS for the Itanium 2 processor will be available for order from Red Hat on July 1, 2003. Availability from Red Hat Premier Partners will follow. For more information visit or call 866-2-REDHAT.

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