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Telecommunications ISVs Choose Red Hat

In the past six months, 29 telecommunications software providers partner with Red Hat to deliver cost-effective, reliable solutions to customers

RALEIGH, N.C

Red Hat (NASDAQ: RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, today announced that, in the past six months alone, 29 strategic telecommunications independent software vendors (ISV) have partnered with Red Hat as part of the company's Telecommunications Partner Program.

Hundreds of telecommunications software providers already support Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and this new telecommunications ISV milestone is further evidence of Red Hat's success in targeting application providers in industry verticals where open source adoption is happening rapidly. In collaboration with the ISV, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and network equipment provider (NEP) communities, Red Hat and its partners continue to equip the telecommunications ecosystem with open platforms and solutions that are more cost effective and flexible than proprietary alternatives, as well as meet the stringent availability, reliability and predictability requirements of the industry.

"ISVs in the telecommunications industry are choosing Red Hat because of our long heritage of delivering highly reliable and valuable solutions, and hundreds of telecommunications software providers now support Red Hat Enterprise Linux as their deployment platform of choice," said Tim Yeaton, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Solutions, Red Hat. "Through Red Hat's Telecommunications Partner Program, telecommunications software providers are able to formally certify their products on Red Hat software and can collaborate with us to promote and validate open platforms for telecommunications. We are thrilled to work with all of our partners to move the telecommunications industry forward."

Telecommunications companies are under increasing pressure to deliver new and better services that are faster and more cost efficient. Reliability and stability in infrastructure is paramount. Expensive and closed proprietary systems, long the norm in the industry, are being eclipsed by open platforms that are able to quickly respond to customer needs. Red Hat offers a complete service-oriented architecture solution, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite (JEMS), to customers, enabling telecommunications companies to accelerate time-to-market with flexible, cost-effective solutions. Red Hat solutions can be deployed faster and more cost effectively than proprietary alternatives, while also providing greater levels of performance.

The MATERNA group, a new Red Hat telecommunications partner, is among the leading independent software companies in Germany's information and communication technology sector. MATERNA provides innovative solutions, products and services that are employed in business and public administration as comprehensive solutions or as solution modules.

"MATERNA uses Red Hat Enterprise Linux for many products because we see a rising demand for Linux-based systems with our customers," said Stefan Brandes, Product Marketing Manager, MATERNA. "We see the benefits of our partnership with Red Hat in the support they deliver, the regular updates per release and the security patches."

MobileAware is a Red Hat partner and the world's leading provider of Mobile Service Infrastructure, a strategic approach for creating and managing mobile data solutions across all lines of business. MobileAware provides a unified framework that fully integrates with existing enterprise service infrastructure to make customers' mobile strategies a seamless extension of overall business strategies. Mobile Service Infrastructure simplifies the complexity surrounding disparate data, device diversity and network convergence, enabling companies to rapidly launch secure and reliable mobile solutions that leverage existing business assets and resources.

"MobileAware views Red Hat Enterprise Linux as a significant benefit in an ever-increasing number of telecommunications engagements," said Dr. Rotan Hanrahan, Chief Innovations Architect, MobileAware. "Partnering with Red Hat affords us early access to forthcoming product releases, technical support and the confidence that we fully meet customer demands."

Red Hat partner RADVISION® Technology Business Unit (TBU) is the leading source of telecommunications software developer tools, such as SIP and SIP IMS toolkits. RADVISION has hundreds of OEM developer customers all over the world, including most major telecommunications equipment vendors.

"We have constant demand from our equipment and application development partners to provide our high performance telecommunication toolkits for the Linux operating system. We applaud Red Hat's partner program and are happy to cooperate with them strategically in this important market segment," said Tsahi Levent-Levi, Product Marketing Manager, RADVISION, TBU. "As operators begin to roll out IMS deployments, we expect the demand for Linux to grow because of its rock-solid stability and high performance."

The Red Hat Telecommunications Partner Program drives awareness and adoption of carrier-grade server platforms and solutions based on industry-standard hardware and Red Hat software. The Telecommunications Partner Program deepens Red Hat's relationships with leading NEPs, OEMs, telecommunications ISVs and operators, and packages Red Hat's new and existing capabilities into an integrated platform that can be easily leveraged across the telecommunications ecosystem.

Red Hat works with leading NEPs, ISVs and operators to define requirements and ensure that Red Hat Enterprise Linux can be deployed in carrier-grade settings. Red Hat Enterprise Linux has been tested and hardened across thousands of enterprise and telecommunications environments, and it provides the stability, predictability and track record required by the industry. Operators and equipment providers actively participate in the planning and definition of future versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and verify that it meets the performance, reliability and security requirements of the industry. Operators also rely on Red Hat's hardware and software certification program to provide the level of structure, process and infrastructure needed to support the telecommunications ecosystem.

Red Hat is also instrumental in driving further innovation within the telecommunications industry. Along with other leading telecommunications companies, Red Hat is participating in OPUCE, a European Community Framework Program's Sixth Framework Program (FP6) project designed to deliver the next-generation telecommunication service delivery platform (SDP) for use across the EU. Red Hat and JEMS experts will be responsible for building an open source ecosystem around OPUCE and bringing direct expertise on how to build open source communities and support mission-critical environments based on open source software.

To learn more about Red Hat telecommunications solutions, please visit /solutions/industry/telecom/. For ISVs interested in partnering, please visit /solutions/partners/. For equipment providers or operators interested in the Telecommunications Partner Program, please email telco@redhat.com.

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