Red Hat and Network Appliance Strengthen Partnership by Bringing New iSCSI Solutions to Linux® Environments
Sunnyvale, Calif. - December 6, 2004 --
Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ: RHAT) and Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:
NTAP) today announced joint efforts related to the development and
deployment of iSCSI within production Red Hat Enterprise Linux
environments. Both Red Hat and NetApp have committed to supporting
the iSCSI software initiator in the upcoming Red Hat Enterprise
Linux 3 Update 4 as well as future Red Hat Enterprise Linux
versions based on the new 2.6 Linux kernel. The expanded
partnership will enable customers to experience maximized
flexibility, enhanced performance, and increased cost savings with
open, industry-standard IP-based SAN environments.
Additionally, the Red Hat Global File System
(GFS) and Cluster Suite are now supported with NetApp® storage
systems. Combined with industry-standard Fibre Channel and iSCSI
technologies, Red Hat and NetApp offer customers enhanced
flexibility with the ability to leverage their choice of iSCSI or
Fibre Channel SANs. Red Hat currently uses NetApp storage systems
for several of its mission-critical internal applications,
including the award-winning Red Hat Network and other applications
based on Oracle®.
"NetApp with Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a
proven combination capable of supporting robust and open production
application platforms," said Paul Cormier, executive vice president
of Engineering at Red Hat. "The Red Hat and NetApp engineering
organizations have collaborated to develop enterprise-level Linux
grid environments using an iSCSI-based GFS product suite. With
current and future support of iSCSI in our upcoming Linux releases,
customers will benefit from the most advanced GFS technologies
complemented by the performance and cost leadership advantages of a
NetApp SAN storage solution-be it iSCSI or Fibre Channel SAN. These
solutions create greater choice for customers building open source
"NetApp IP SAN expertise makes us the natural
fit as a reference platform for Red Hat iSCSI development efforts,"
said Patrick Rogers, vice president of Marketing at Network
Appliance. "NetApp has always been a proponent of cost-effective
and scalable storage environments based on open file systems and
open networking technologies, including GFS and iSCSI."
For more information on the Red Hat and Netapp
partnership, visit www.netapp.com.
About Red Hat, Inc.
Red Hat, the world's leading open source and Linux provider, is
headquartered in Raleigh, NC with satellite offices spanning the
globe. Red Hat is leading Linux and open source solutions into the
mainstream by making high quality, low cost technology accessible.
Red Hat provides operating system software along with middleware,
applications and management solutions. Red Hat also offers support,
training and consulting services to its customers worldwide and
through top-tier partnerships. Red Hat's Open Source strategy
offers customers a long term plan for building infrastructures that
are based on and leverage open source technologies with focus on
security and ease of management. Learn more: http://www.redhat.com.
About Network Appliance
Network Appliance is a world leader in unified storage solutions
for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its inception in 1992,
Network Appliance has delivered technology, product, and partner
firsts that continue to drive "The evolution of storage.™"
Information about Network Appliance™ solutions and services
is available at www.netapp.com.
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