Red Hat, Inc.
May 19, 2011

Red Hat Delivers Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1

Update to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 platform brings new levels of performance and reliability as well as expanded hardware support

RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT) today announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1, the first update to the platform since the delivery of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 in November 2010. With Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1, Red Hat continues to set the standard in flexibility, performance and quality that customers around the world rely on for their open source enterprise environments, spanning physical, virtual and cloud deployments.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 enhancements provide customers with improvements in system reliability, scalability and performance, coupled with support for upcoming system hardware. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 also delivers patches and security updates, while maintaining application compatibility and OEM/ISV certifications.

"With Linux adoption growing across all workloads, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 provides more enterprise reliability, performance and control throughout the datacenter," said Jim Totton, vice president and general manager, Platform Business at Red Hat. "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 continues to lead Linux innovation as we drive adoption across workloads that include physical, virtual and cloud deployments. We're pleased to provide these new capabilities to our global customers today."

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 is already established as a performance leader serving both as a virtual machine guest and hypervisor host in SPECvirt benchmarks. Red Hat and HP recently announced that the combination of Red Hat Enterprise Linux with KVM running on a HP ProLiant BL620c G7 20-core Blade server delivered a record-setting SPECvirt_sc2010 benchmark result. Red Hat and IBM also recently announced that the companies submitted a benchmark to SPEC in which a combination of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and IBM systems delivered 45% better consolidation capability than competitors in performance tests conducted by Red Hat and IBM. See www.spec.org for details.

"Building on our decade-long partnership to optimize Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM platforms, our companies have collaborated closely on the development of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1," said Jean Staten Healy, director, Cross-IBM Linux and Open Virtualization. "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 combined with IBM hardware capabilities offers our customers expanded flexibility, performance and scalability across their bare metal, virtualized and cloud environments. Our collaboration continues to drive innovation and leading results in the industry."

In addition to performance improvements, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 also provides numerous technology updates, including:

Industry analyst firm IDC recently conducted primary research, commissioned by Red Hat, to determine the long-term total cost of ownership (TCO) benefits provided by Red Hat Enterprise Linux when compared to other strategies, such as running mixed environments or non-paid Linux distributions. Results show that through more efficient operations, higher ratios of servers and users per administrator and reduced downtime, customers with Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions can realize significant cost savings and price/performance improvements. For the full report, visit https://engage.redhat.com/forms/linux-deployment-strategies?sc_cid=70160000000TMTsAAO.

"IDC conducted a study that evaluated organizations that are heavily standardized on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and compared those organizations with others that had a mixture of Linux distributions in use, and organizations that were heavily penetrated by non-paid Linux distributions. The outcome of the study found that there is demonstrable business benefit associated with having professional support for an operating system, compared to a do-it-yourself approach," said Al Gillen, Program VP, System Software at IDC. "The real benefits came from lower IT staff costs and reduced end user downtime."

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 is available to subscribing Red Hat customers today worldwide.

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