Opennet raises Linux profile in KSA

Opennet goes one to one to promote the benefits of Red Hat to its key partners and customers in the region.

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By  Andrew White Published  April 26, 2007

Opennet MEA, the master distributor and a certified training centre of Red Hat Linux products, has held a series of one on one meetings in Saudi Arabia and UAE to promote the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 to its key partners and enterprise customers in the region.

"Red Hat sees a huge market potential in service-oriented architecture (SOA) and the middleware market in these countries," said David Allinson, general manager for Opennet MEA. "The new Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.0 provides CIOs and IT managers with the means to reduce costs while improving operational flexibility throughout their computing infrastructure."

Some of the key benefits of RHEL 5 include virtualisation, storage and extended server virtualisation; support for virtualised guest operating systems and and management tools.

"Upgrading the existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS, ES and WS installation to the new version couldn't be easier," pointed out Ons Mrabet, Sales Manager, Opennet MEA. "Existing subscription already entitles the user to version 5, and they will be able to access the appropriate distribution channels when they login to Red Hat Network. All they need is to simply download the new version and install it."

The new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 also provides transition of previous Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS, ES, WS and Red Hat Desktop offerings with simplified server and client products. Added SELinux security enhancements in the new version include Multi-Level Security and targeted policies for all services; SEtroubleshooter GUI that simplifies SELinux management; integrated directory and security capabilities; IPSEC enhancements for improved security and performance and ExecShield enhancements, such as strengthened hacker defenses. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5's new audit features provide powerful new search/reporting and real-time monitoring.

In the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Desktop, enhancements include updated configuration tools, applications and laptop support. It also comes with Foundational Stateless Linux features (autoconfigure, NetworkManager, etc.), improved ACPI support, smart card login with PKI/Kerberos authentication, integrated multimedia support, and enhanced plug and play hardware support. Network Manager also provides automatic wired and wireless network configuration .

Red Hat's meetings this month with Opennet's key partners and customers in Saudi Arabia and UAE are aimed at helping them accelerate their businesses by sharing with them information on how to shift to SOA and the next generation of web-enabled applications running on a low-cost, secure open source platform.

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