Red Hat Intros Server OS, Workstations

Linux giant Red Hat moved to solidify its place in the
enterprise Linux market Tuesday with the addition of carrier-grade
capabilities to Red Hat Linux Advanced Server and a new enterprise
workstation.

Red Hat unveiled the two new offerings at the Jupitermedia Enterprise
Linux Forum Conference & Expo 2002
in Boston.

The latest version of Red Hat’s Advanced Server operating system aims to
capitalize on the inroads Linux has made in the telecommunications market
with the help of Red Hat partners like IBM ,
Hewlett-Packard and Oracle .


Red Hat said it is basing the new enhancements on recommendations from the
OSDL Carrier Grade Linux Working Group, a specification forum which
includes Red Hat, Intel, IBM, HP and other industry leaders. The new
features include improved application portability and performance, support
for POSIX compliant threading, diskless blade systems, improved system
responsiveness, advanced debugging and systems analysis, and additional
high availability clustering capabilities.

“The growing adoption of standards-based modular communications platforms
provides a revolutionary model for new solutions in telecom,” said Scott
Richardson, general manager, Marketing and Platform Programs, Intel Network
Processing Group. The new version of Advanced Server, scheduled for release
in mid-2003, will focus on Intel-based servers and platforms.


The company cited evidence of increased demand for Linux client
environments as its reason for the new workstation release, which it said
will be 100 percent compatible with Advanced Server.

“The next natural step in completing our enterprise roadmap was to create a
stable, high performance workstation solution to complement Red Hat Linux
Advanced Server,” said Paul Cormier, executive vice president of
engineering at Red Hat. “With our workstation release, customers will be
able to deploy client-server solutions that have been engineered from the
ground up to work together.”


That sort of engineering, Red Hat said, will allow its customers to reduce
costs through faster deployments, common application support, and easier
system administration.


Red Hat is also positioning the new workstation as the perfect environment
for developing applications for deployment on Advanced Server, and also as
a design workstation for electronic design automation (EDA) and digital
content creation (DCC).

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