: 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.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.
"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.