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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-08-13 Print this article Print

: Dell, Red Hat Pair Up"> Also at LinuxWorld, Dell Computer Corp. will detail at a news conference this morning new professional services designed to accelerate the deployment of Linux in the enterprise. Part of this will be jointly delivered services with Red Hat. The agreement extends the One Source Alliance between the two companies to help customers migrate from proprietary Unix systems to Linux. The two companies will also announce a joint customer that is a significant player in the entertainment industry, De Visser said, declining to name the company.
"But the agreement means Dell effectively becomes a reseller channel for our service offerings. Dell, as the major vendor of Linux-based servers, can now lean on the deep resources we have in the Linux service space," he said.
Also, Dell will announce services that facilitate the planning and deployment of enterprise-ready solutions on Dell servers and storage systems running Red Hat Linux Advanced Server, the Oracle9i database and Oracle9i Real Application Clusters. For its part, Red Hat will also announce today its first formal agreement with Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Red Hat will now offer global support for AMDs Hammer processor family in its current Advanced Server Linux offering as well as in its future enterprise Linux products. This mainstream release agreement means that any time Red Hat comes out with a new Linux release it will make it available for both the AMD and Intel platforms, providing users with a choice, De Visser said. Red Hat will provide native 64-bit support for processors based on AMDs x86-64 technology as well as for existing 32-bit Linux-based applications. "We think this is a big deal because Linux has moved rapidly into the enterprise essentially on the back of commodity hardware. This has always worked well as it replaced scenarios where customers were locked into one hardware provider. "Users are keen about it as it gives them more choice and, now that were adding AMD into the mix, it helps keep Intel honest," De Visser said.

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


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