RALEIGH, N.C - —
Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ:RHAT), the leader in open source Internet infrastructure solutions, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase privately-held Bluecurve, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Red Hat will issue up to 1,257,862 shares of Red Hat common stock in exchange for all of the outstanding securities of Oakland, Calif.-based Bluecurve. The transaction will be valued based on an average price of Red Hat's common shares for a five-day period ended April 24.
The acquisition will be accounted for as a purchase and is expected to be completed by July 2000, subject to approval by Bluecurve shareholders and customary closing conditions.
Bluecurve's performance management solutions allow customers to simulate and measure the transactions and user activity that place demands on Internet infrastructure and applications. The resulting performance data provides customers with the information they need to plan and scale their infrastructure proactively to assure the highest levels of customer service. Red Hat will leverage the software to create a powerful, open source, performance management service to help companies build and manage scalable Internet infrastructures. The new Web-based service will be offered as a subscription to customers through redhat.com. In the meantime, Red Hat will support existing customers and offer Bluecurve's solutions in their current form, ensuring that the acquisition does not disrupt customer access to this functionality.
"Global 2000 and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) around the globe leverage Red Hat's open source solutions as the backbone of their Internet and e-commerce infrastructure. With the addition of Bluecurve's expertise and software, Red Hat will be able to deliver a very powerful performance management solution to help today's e-businesses automatically and proactively monitor their Internet infrastructure," said Matthew Szulik, president and CEO of Red Hat. "The addition of Bluecurve continues Red Hat's initiative to provide a complete range of services to manage Linux servers"
The new Red Hat performance management service will allow enterprises to evaluate existing server, network and application performance. In addition, the service will allow customers to create simulated user activity to evaluate how the existing infrastructure and applications would handle hypothetical traffic loads.
"Today's e-businesses turn to open source software like Red Hat Linux for its unmatched reliability and flexibility for critical systems. These customers, who can't afford even a single minute of Internet downtime, will now be able to leverage redhat.com and powerful remote management services to take a proactive approach to managing Web performance," said Tom Grubb, co-founder of Bluecurve. "Red Hat and Bluecurve are redefining what it means to buy and use an Internet server OS."
Red Hat is the market leader in open source Internet infrastructure solutions, offering a wide array of consulting, training, support and certification solutions for both its award-winning open source Red Hat Linux OS and popular open source applications used by enterprises worldwide. Bluecurve is the software technology leader for solutions that measure distributed systems performance, availability and reliability from the user's perspective.
redhat.com and open source momentum
Redhat.com, the premier portal for a wide variety of open source software and information solutions, attracts the largest global audience of open source developers and users. Red Hat's subscription service, introduced with version 6.0, offers continual updates to Red Hat Linux users through an innovative, automated Internet delivery service. In February, Red Hat unveiled Wide Open News (www.wideopen.com), an editorially independent Web site for Linux and open source news and analysis. In March, redhat.com added several new services, including: "What Can Red Hat Do for Me," which delivers users a made-to-order report featuring the information, products and services right for that customer's needs, and "Success Stories," which details the business need, deployment and cost savings of Red Hat Linux for Internet Infrastructure solutions. [And yesterday, the company unveiled the redhat.com Marketplace, a perfect starting point for accurate, up-to-date information and purchasing options for Internet infrastructure solutions that are based on or support Red Hat Linux and other open source technologies.
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.
IDC research also show 40 percent of all spending on Linux servers is for Internet-related applications, making Linux servers firmly embedded in the Internet infrastructure. Research firm NetCraft, Inc. (www.netcraft.com), states that 29 percent of all public Web servers also run on Linux, making Linux the most popular operating system for public Web sites.
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