IBM and Red Hat Expand Relationship to Deliver Red Hat Enterprise Linux v.3 Across all IBM eServer Systems

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Now Packaged With IBM eServer xSeries and BladeCenter Systems

RALEIGH, NC, and ARMONK, NY—December 11, 2003—IBM and Red Hat today announced that Red Hat Enterprise Linux v.3, Red Hat's newest offering, is now available across the entire IBM eServer product line.

The two companies are also announcing that Red Hat Enterprise Linux is now packaged with sales of IBM's xSeries and BladeCenter servers in Japan, North America, and eventually around the world. The packaging will include Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS, ES and WS, and in the future the recently released Red Hat Enterprise Linux v.3.

Today's announcement represents an expansion of the existing multiyear agreement that commenced last year. The agreement calls for the two companies to work together to provide broad Linux support, including servers, software and implementation services, to customers worldwide.

Server, Workstation and Storage Support
Support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux v.3 will span all IBM eServer platforms with a single Linux architecture -- iSeries, pSeries, xSeries, zSeries, BladeCenter (including the BladeCenter JS20 based on POWER technology), Clusters 1350 and 1650, e325, IntelliStation and TotalStorage. IBM will work closely with Red Hat to ensure optimum performance across all IBM eServer products. Unique advantages of Linux on IBM eServer platforms include:

"IBM and Red Hat are deepening their alliance to provide the advantages of Linux to customers everywhere," said Scott Handy, vice president of Linux strategy and market development at IBM. "The two companies create a compelling value proposition, combining forces to enable a business to deploy a resilient infrastructure throughout the enterprise built on Linux."

"Red Hat Linux v.3 will enable IBM's customers to leverage the power and value of open source across several hardware architectures within a compute infrastructure," said Mike Evans, vice president of Channel Sales and Development at Red Hat. "The common code base will promote security, stability and ease of manageability. The availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux v.3 on all of IBM eServer Systems signals the deep commitment our companies have to jointly deliver enterprise Linux solutions to the enterprise."

About IBM
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