Ximian to Roll Out Red Carpet Enterprise

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-10-04 Print this article Print

Beta testers tout the usability of the behind-the-firewall solution.

Open-source desktop company Ximian on Monday will release Red Carpet Enterprise, a behind-the-firewall solution that provides users with centralized software maintenance and version management for Linux servers and workstations. The Red Carpet Enterprise deployment consists of a server storing Linux software that is distributed to workstations and servers; a process or interface for controlling how this software is updated; and a method for initiating the updates on various corporate machines. Administrators can set up the Red Carpet server, using either a Web-based administration console or a command line interface, to centrally configure and distribute software selections, manage users or organize groups of machines for software installation and updating.
Updates for workstations and servers can be initiated automatically "on demand" by Red Carpet client users, or unattended on specified schedules using the Red Carpet Daemon and its Autopull capability.
Red Carpet Enterprise users will be able to control the software stored on their internal Red Carpet servers and for many of these users who are building custom Linux software, this new solution will manage the installation and updating of these applications. "This entire system is a product that can be installed and customized inside the firewall and does not require professional services or a lot of consulting. Its meant to be delivered and offered as a product," John Perr, vice president at Ximian, told eWEEK. Users will pay $2500 for the server software, which runs on top of Red Hat Linux 7.3 and is deployed behind the firewall, as well as a license fee for each system they want to manage. The license fee starts at $200 a system, but volume discounts kick in as the number of systems grows. Customers also have the option of subscribing to the Red Carpet Library, which provides software updates to Linux software from Ximian, their Linux distributions or other third-party software. This service starts at $60 a year per system.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at www.eweek.com.


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