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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 with Support for SAP® Business Applications Now Available

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05 Oct 2011
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is a Recommended Operating System for SAP Applications Deployed in Enterprise Environments

Raleigh, NC - September 13, 2011

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT) today announced Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 has been certified by SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) to run SAP® business applications. As a recommended Linux enterprise operating system for running SAP applications, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 provides the reliability and performance required by enterprises to efficiently run their demanding SAP workloads. This complements today’s separate announcement Red Hat Broadens Global Cooperation with Amazon and SAP.

“Today’s announcement extends our strong partnership with SAP to give customers further assurance our complementary solutions run together optimally,” said Jim Totton, vice president and general manager, Platform Business Unit at Red Hat. “Recognizing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 as a SAP-recommended Linux enterprise operating system further validates our strength running critical enterprise software applications.”

“The certification of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 for use with SAP applications highlights another step forward in our longstanding partnership with Red Hat,” said Helge Deller, head, SAP LinuxLab, SAP AG.

“Customers can now use this latest Red Hat operating system with their mission-critical SAP applications, fully supported by Red Hat and SAP. The combination of SAP applications with the Sybase® Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) database on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 will offer global enterprises a new database option for running SAP applications along with harmonized customer services and support.”

Enterprises may now run their SAP applications on the most-recent version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, which features enhanced networking, file system and virtualization I/O capabilities. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 has also been certified for running the SAP NetWeaver® Adaptive Computing Controller tool.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is suitable for running all SAP applications in physical, virtual and cloud environments. Virtualization is integrated into Red Hat Enterprise Linux, allowing Red Hat Enterprise Linux to run in a virtualized environment without the requirement to purchase a separate virtualization infrastructure. In addition to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, the High Availability Add-on provides the components to set up a high availability infrastructure for running SAP applications on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The Add-on provides sophisticated fail-over clustering for SAP applications and SAP databases using dedicated resource agents for instances of SAP solutions and databases.

For more than a decade, customers have benefited from the close collaboration between Red Hat and SAP. The companies have provided customers with technically compatible products, as well as a single point of contact for support with the integration of SAP’s global support backbone and the Red Hat Global Support Services system.

Support from Other Industry Leaders

“SAP and Red Hat reinforced their commitment to customers in support of open solutions with long-term committed roadmaps for SAP business applications,” said Eric Renouard, Accenture’s global SAP technology lead. “Red Hat Enterprise Linux gives our clients a secure and dependable platform and we look forward to working with them to develop cloud solutions that we can take to our clients.”

“IBM has long-standing partnerships with SAP and Red Hat to help our clients address complex business challenges,” said Jean Staten Healy, director, Linux and Open Virtualization, IBM. “With SAP certification for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, IBM continues to deliver to the enterprise world-class technologies, integrated by world-class system integrators including IBM Global Business Services.”

More information about the partnership between Red Hat and SAP is available here For more information about Red Hat, visit For more news, more often, visit

About Red Hat, Inc.
Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions and an S&P 500 company, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with over 65 offices spanning the globe. CIOs ranked Red Hat as one of the top vendors delivering value in Enterprise Software for seven consecutive years in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value survey. Red Hat provides high-quality, affordable technology with its operating system platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, together with virtualization, applications, management and Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions, including Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and JBoss Enterprise Middleware. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide. Learn more:

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