Hats off as HP Linux deal goes global

HP signs global contract to become the preferred vendor of Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux solutions. Supplying support to Linux users globally.

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By  Paul Barthram Published  March 31, 2003

HP has signed a global contract to become the preferred vendor of Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux solutions, which will include supplying support to Linux users in the Middle East region.

HP the worldwide leader in sales of Intel-based servers, and Red Hat the Linux market leader hope the new agreement will boost revenues from servers running the Linux system and offer “a global single point of accountability,” said Mike Evans, Red Hat's vice president of channel sales and development.

Hugh Jenkins, vice president for HP's industry-standard server group said the previous arrangement between the two companies was “somewhat piecemeal”.

Despite HP making $2 billion in Linux revenue last year the company only currently has it installed on 15% of its Intel servers. It intends to now support the Red Hat Enterprise Linux family on both 32-bit Intel architecture and Itanium platforms with services offering customers greater flexibility and single-point-of-contact service level agreements.

Evans felt the closer ties would be an elevation of the partnership. “Red Hat is pleased to be working with HP on this integrated approach to delivering Red Hat Enterprise Linux solutions…enterprise customers will benefit from increased flexibility and the price and performance advantage of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform on reliable and scalable HP hardware.”

The new agreement will cover the entire line of Red Hat Enterprise certified solutions including Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS, ES and WS, and should be good news for SME clients who are looking for a Linux-based server with a good service level agreement.

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