Red Hat, HP, Reuters Announce Alliance, Market Data System App On Linux

Unix app ported to Red Hat Advanced Server

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Chalk up another big ISV win for Linux software leader Red Hat.

On Monday, New York-based financial information giant Reuters said its market data system application is available for the first time on Red Hat Linux Advanced Server.

As part of an alliance between Reuters, Hewlett-Packard and Red Hat that was announced Monday, the Reuters Market Data System (RMDS) will be bundled on HP's Xeon-based ProLiant servers running Red Hat Advanced Linux 2.1.

The widely used financial services application, which previously ran on Unix only, is available for the first time on the Intel platform.

Asked if the deal is exclusive to HP's hardware platform, Reuters officials said the application will be available from Reuters for use on other Intel-based servers as well.

The deal signals Wall Street's continued adoption of Red Hat Advanced Server for mission-critical applications, Reuters officials said. Several major Wall Street firms and Red Hat customers were beta-testers for the application on Linux, but Reuters declined to release those customer names.

Reuters said it will consider porting the application to UnitedLinux, but it is currently available for Red Hat's Advanced Server only.

Reuters also said that deployment and implementation services for customers will be provided through its own professional services arms along with those of Red Hat and HP.

However, Judy Chavez, HP's worldwide director of Linux, said she expects that all partners serving the Wall Street community and financial-services companies throughout the world will benefit from increased deployment of Linux overall.

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