Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq: RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, today announced that it has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement with America Online, Inc. to acquire certain assets of Netscape Security Solutions.
The products to be acquired are derived from the Netscape Enterprise Suite and include Netscape Directory Server and Netscape Certificate Management System. Red Hat plans to start marketing these products as part of its Open Source Architecture over the next 6 to 12 months. Customers will then benefit from enhanced security, manageability and office productivity as these technologies are optimized for devices and applications across the Open Source Architecture.
"Red Hat is committed to building a secure computing environment in the enterprise," said Paul Cormier, Executive Vice President of Engineering at Red Hat. "Directory Server and Certificate Management System will enable the integration of the desktop with a network-wide set of computing services that up until now had only been available from a small set of proprietary vendors."
Netscape Directory Server is an LDAP server that provides greater manageability by centralizing application settings, user profiles, group data, policies and access control information into a network-based registry. Directory Server simplifies user management by significantly reducing data redundancy. Security is also improved by enabling administrators to store policies and access control information in the directory for a single authentication source. AOL currently has Directory Server deployed to manage information throughout its organization.
Netscape Certificate Management System provides a security framework designed to authenticate the identity of users and ensure privacy of communications. Unlike passwords, certificates cannot be easily stolen thus they provide a more reliable method of verifying user identity and preventing identity theft. Customers utilizing the Certificate Management System include federal government agencies and AOL.
"We believe the acquisition of these Netscape assets has tremendous long-term strategic value for the open source industry and Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscribers," said Matthew Szulik, Chairman and CEO at Red Hat. "Directory Server and Certificate Management System have already been widely deployed in the enterprise and are mature pieces of infrastructure software. The technologies will provide a secure switchboard with certificates for all traffic in the open source architecture."
Red Hat's acquisition of the Netscape Security Solutions assets is expected to be completed in Red Hat's third fiscal quarter of 2004. The acquisition is subject to customary conditions to closing but is not subject to any further Board or stockholder approvals of any of the parties. For more information on the Directory Server and Certificate Management System visit http://enterprise.netscape.com or call 866-2-REDHAT.
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