IBM To Sell Red Hat's Advanced Server And Network Managed Services

Red Hat to extend Advanced Server to IBM xSeries, iSeries, pSeries and zSeries

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Linux leader Red Hat has authorized IBM Global Services to be the first partner to resell its Advanced Server.

The move is part of a Red Hat's plan to make Linux more viable in the channel and is by no means exclusive, Red hat officials said.

"For the first time, there's a reselling agreement with IGS," said Mark De Visser, Red Hat's chief marketing officer. "It's just one channel partner, and it's one of the first major channel deals we have done here."

Red Hat is also developing a stepped up channel program for VARs, he added.

As part of a broad services and support alliance announced on Monday, Red Hat will deliver mainstream support for Red Hat Linux Advanced Server on IBM's complete line of Intel, RISC and mainframe eServers, while IBM Global Services will offer advanced managed software services as well as consulting services for Red Hat's advanced Linux distribution.

The Linux leader will deliver versions of the Red Hat Advanced Server optimized for IBM's zSeries (mainframe), iSeries (formerly AS/400) and pSeries RISC/Unix servers. The company already produces Red Hat Advanced server for IBM's eServer xSeries Intel servers.

For example, IGS will provide Red Hat Linux Advanced server and Red Hat Network managed software services and add value with additional service and support offerings, IBM announced on Monday.

Red Hat and IBM will also team to provide end-to-end service and support as well as custom consulting services for Red Hat Advanced Server, which first shipped in March.

IBM also plans to optimize its middleware portfolio including WebSphere, Tivoli, Lotus and DB products for Red Hat Advanced Server on eServer xSeries in 2002 and for the other platforms in 2003.

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