Red Hat and IBM today launched a joint channel programme - the first IBM partnership on a joint channel strategy with a leading Linux company. This enables Value Added Resellers (VARs) to deliver Red Hat Linux-configured IBM eServer xSeries platforms directly to customers as plug and play e-business application servers. Reflecting demand from SMBs in particular for Intel-based infrastructure systems, the partnership combines the strengths of the two technology leaders to enable organisations investing in e-business to confidently choose a Linux solution.
The programme, 'red on blue', enables IBM business partners to take advantage of the expanding Linux server operating system market. According to IDC research, Linux was the fastest growing server operating system in 1999-2000, increasing its market share to 27 percent compared to 25 percent in the previous year, and this trend is forecast to continue. VARs involved in the programme will be able to offer certified eServer xSeries hardware with Red Hat Linux 6.2, 7.0 or 7.1. The reseller can then configure the system to provide the required Internet server platform, whether Internet gateway, firewall or web server. These configurations are fully certified and are backed by a 12 month support package from Red Hat. The programme also benefits the business partners through comprehensive training and services, including IBM/Red Hat certified configuration training, sales and marketing assistance and professional support.
"Many companies are reassessing their IT systems to take advantage of Internet and e-business opportunities," said Colin Tenwick, VP and General Manager for Red Hat in Europe. "Where total cost of ownership is a critical factor - particularly in small and medium-sized businesses - companies are turning to Linux for a stable and secure, yet low-cost, platform for their Internet applications. Red Hat's open source innovation with IBM's leading technology enables resellers to meet the increasing demand with an affordable, business-ready solution."
"When an organisation takes its first steps towards e-business, it needs to know that its IT will be able to accommodate future growth," said Erich Clementi, VP IBM Enterprise Server Group. "Extending our relationship with Red Hat will enable our business partners to deliver proven and secure entry-level technology solutions to customers. And because it is powered by Linux on IBM eServers, customers will be able to build a future-proof infrastructure that delivers seamless e-business computing throughout their organisation."
The programme is currently being rolled out across Europe, with plans to extend it on a worldwide scale. The IBM and Red Hat tested configurations include:
IBM eServer xSeries and Red Hat Internet Gateway:
A configuration which combines the security of Red Hat Firewall with the services of proxy and cache to provide a total Internet solution.
IBM eServer xSeries and Red Hat Linux Web Server:
A pre-configured platform for the deployment of web solutions/applications.
IBM eServer xSeries and Red Hat Linux Firewall Server:
A firewall server providing data and information security which can be integrated into the underlying e-business systems infrastructure.
IBM eServer xSeries and Red Hat Linux File and Print Server:
A platform for the delivery of file and print services across a multi-vendor hardware and software infrastructure.
For more information about the joint channel programme, please visit http://www.europe.redhat.com/RedOnBlue/
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