Red Hat Expands Opportunities for Most Demanding Mission-Critical Platforms

Thu Nov 5, 2009 8:00am EST

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Company Announces Expansion of Advanced Mission-Critical Program for Critical
Workloads on Linux with Hitachi Partnership
RALEIGH, N.C.--(Business Wire)--
Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world`s leading provider of open source solutions,
today announced momentum in support for high-end workloads on Linux with the
expansion of its Advanced Mission-Critical Program offering for customers.
Long-time Red Hat partner Hitachi Ltd., a leading global electronics company
with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, has joined the Advanced Mission-Critical
Program and will offer expanded services for mission-critical customers in Japan
in collaboration with Red Hat. 

Red Hat announced the Advanced Mission-Critical Program in November 2008,
combining substantially enhanced service levels with the proven advantages of
Linux for workloads previously only thought to be supported on more expensive
legacy platforms. The worldwide program was designed to deliver unprecedented
services levels, support and decade-long product lifecycles for participating
Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers. Benefits offered by the program include
reduced operating costs, reduced acquisition costs and exceptional availability
for mission-critical customers. 

"Red Hat's Advanced Mission-Critical Program is designed to enable customers to
reduce costs while providing the reliability, availability and scalability
needed for the most demanding mission-critical applications. We are pleased to
announce Hitachi's participation in this program, extending the benefits of
Linux to an even greater number of customers," said Scott Crenshaw, vice
president, Platform Business Unit at Red Hat. "Hitachi joins the Advanced
Mission-Critical Program in providing Red Hat Enterprise Linux to critical
workloads throughout Japan." 

As a Red Hat Advanced Mission-Critical partner, Hitachi is now able to provide
new support options to high-end customers with mission-critical needs leveraging
Red Hat Enterprise Linux in Japan. These expanded Red Hat Enterprise Linux
support options include a 10-year life cycle, the ability to standardize on a
single update release for up to 18 months and proactive notification to reduce
system disruption. 

"To support the needs of the most demanding, mission-critical workloads, such as
for maintaining our social infrastructure platforms, wide experience with and
specialized knowledge for mainframe-class systems are the key," said Daisuke
Sasaki, general manager, Hitachi, Ltd. "In joining Red Hat's Advanced
Mission-Critical Program, we combine Hitachi`s mainframe expertise and Red Hat's
Enterprise Linux expertise to provide enhanced services to customers. We believe
that these new support options will bring greater benefit to mission-critical
customers in Japan." 

Advanced Mission-Critical offerings are available from Hitachi and Red Hat
today. 

To learn more about Red Hat's Advanced Mission-Critical Program, visit
www.redhat.com/promo/mc_program. 

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often, visit www.press.redhat.com. 

About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat, the world's leading open source solutions provider, is headquartered in
Raleigh, NC with over 65 offices spanning the globe. CIOs ranked Red Hat as one
of the top vendors delivering value in Enterprise Software for five consecutive
years in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value survey. Red Hat provides
high-quality, affordable technology with its operating system platform, Red Hat
Enterprise Linux, together with applications, management and Services Oriented
Architecture (SOA) solutions, including JBoss Enterprise Middleware. Red Hat
also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers
worldwide. Learn more: http://www.redhat.com. 

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