Red Hat to Provide Linux Backbone for Medical Center of Boston
International, Inc.'s New Internet-based Training Network
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 16, 2000--Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), a leader in open source Internet infrastructure solutions, today announced that the Medical Center of Boston International, Inc. (MCBI) will leverage Red Hat Linux as the operating system (OS) backbone for the first Internet-based global telemedicine infrastructure on the Linux platform. Red Hat will help MCBI provide premier medical services worldwide through the Web.
MCBI currently provides direct, Web-based training to doctors, as well as an avenue for the introduction of direct sales and training in the application of the latest pharmaceutical and surgical equipment. As MCBI expands both its offerings and its global reach, its telemedicine network will run on servers powered by the Red Hat Linux operating system. MCBI has also purchased a service package from Red Hat to support the installation.
"Our selection of Red Hat Linux as our operating system platform, as well as Red Hat support for our applications, provides us with the opportunity to leverage the superior reliability of Red Hat's version of Linux as well as manage our business with a much lower cost of use and ease of customization," said Dr. Ahmed Mohiuddin, chief executive officer, MCBI. "The collaborate nature of telemedicine, which allows for a many-to-one doctors-to-patient relationship, coupled with timely diagnoses and intervention will vastly improve the quality of medical services."
MCBI's telemedicine network will provide timely diagnoses and intervention through a unique many-to-one doctor/patient relationship that can vastly improve the quality of medical services. MCBI plans to open 39 initial central locations throughout the Middle East, India, and the Far East that will be serviced by over 240 top U.S. physicians.
"MCBI is a great example of the new class of Internet economy companies that are rapidly embracing Red Hat as their preferred open source Internet infrastructure solution partner," said Charles Coleman, director of customer relationship management, Red Hat, Inc. "Like no other industry, the stability and reliability of Red Hat Linux is tremendously important to the critical delivery of patient services."
Open Source Momentum
International Data Corp. (IDC) research states that paid Linux shipments grew faster than any other server operating system over the past two years, and their preliminary figures for 1999 show Linux shipments hold 24.6 percent of the server operating system market, up from 15.8 in 1998. IDC also states that Red Hat Linux is by far the most popular distribution, preferred by 68.7 percent of U.S. Linux users.
Research firm Netcraft, Inc. (www.netcraft.com), states that as of May 2000, 36 percent of all public Web sites run on Linux-based operating systems, making Linux the most popular choice for deploying public Web sites. IDC research shows 40 percent of all spending on Linux servers is for Internet related applications, firmly entrenching Linux servers in the Internet infrastructure.
Finally, IDC predicts that by 2002, there will be more than 55 million handheld and notebook-style information appliance devices and that by 2005, shipments of these appliances will exceed shipments of PCs.
Red Hat's numerous alliances with industry leaders and the demand for Linux-based applications has created open source support from many of the industry's leading software and hardware manufacturers, including Compaq, Computer Associates, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Netscape, Novell, Oracle and SAP.
About Red Hat, Inc.
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