Big Blue wears Red Hat

IBM Corporation and Red Hat announced an agreement that will enable a commercial Linux developer to bundle all of IBM’s Linux-based software into e-business solutions.

Through the collaboration, IBM and Red Hat will jointly market, distribute and support bundled IBM, Lotus, Tivoli and Red Hat software offerings. IBM will provide the software for Red Hat Linux solutions through products such as IBM DB2 Universal Database, IBM WebSphere family of e-business servers, Lotus Domino, Tivoli Framework, and IBM’s Small Business Pack for Linux.

The agreement is unique for both companies in two respects:

First, it marks the first time that Red Hat and IBM will embrace and promote each other’s Linux offerings providing both enterprise and small-business solutions for its customers worldwide.

Second, through a marketing agreement, IBM and Red Hat will jointly fund marketing and channel recruitment and enablement efforts focused on IBM/Red Hat solution bundles for the worldwide Linux market.

Initially, Red Hat will sell Red Hat Linux and Red Hat services bundled with IBM software such as DB2, WebSphere Application Server, Lotus Domino and the IBM Small Business Pack for Linux. The agreement allows Red Hat to use any IBM, Lotus or Tivoli software available on Linux in future solutions.

These complete e-business and Internet solutions will be available through Red Hat’s online marketplace at, beginning September 1, 2000. IBM and Red Hat will work jointly to enable channel partners to sell these solutions. Additionally, IBM intends to sell these same solutions through its ‘ShopIBM’ Web site.

The announcement extends and strengthens the relationship between Red Hat and IBM that began in early 1999, when IBM announced support for Red Hat Linux. Since then, the two companies have worked closely on several projects designed to advance the adoption of Linux and open source software.

According to International Data Corp. (IDC) research, paid Linux shipments grew faster than any other server operating system over the past two years. Figures for 1999 show Linux shipments held 24.6 percent of the server operating system market, up from 15.8 in 1998.

Research firm Netcraft, Inc. ( states that as of May 2000, 30 percent of all public Web sites run on Linux-based operating systems, making Linux the most popular choice for deploying public Web sites. IDC research shows 40 percent of all spending on Linux servers is for Internet-related applications, firmly entrenching Linux servers in the Internet infrastructure.

Recently, IBM announced Linux running on a wrist watch, a contribution to the open source community of source code of SashXB for Linux, which offers Linux developers the ability to write Web applications that are tightly integrated into the Linux desktop and ‘Small Business Pack for Linux,’ a promotional offering of software for e-businesses.

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