Red Hat Delivers Open Source Application Server

Red Hat delivers Open Source Application Server with support from strategic partners: Interoperable application server is designed to integrate seamlessly with leading vendors’ solutions. Also, Red Hat and Black Duck Software team up on software IP Risk Management. New facet in Red Hat Open Source Assurance Plan is designed to mitigate risks for software developers and end users.

Red Hat Delivers Open Source Application Server with Support From Strategic Partners

Interoperable application server is designed to integrate seamlessly with leading vendors’ solutions.

LINUXWORLD San Francisco, CA, August 3, 2004 – Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT),
the world’s leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, today
announced the availability of Red Hat Application Server. Red Hat is delivering
this new solution in response to customer demand for a commercially supported,
lightweight and lower cost application server. With this announcement, Red Hat
is reinforcing its strategy to work with partners and open source developers to
create quality enterprise options for customers building Open Source

“Customers have been asking for an open source application server that is fully
interoperable with existing J2EE vendors, so that they can leverage open source
where possible while protecting legacy investments,” said Paul Cormier,
Executive Vice President of Engineering at Red Hat. “The open source web and
Java communities are flourishing and expanding with organizations such as Apache,
ObjectWeb and Eclipse driving the innovation. The application server was a
natural next step for open source.”

Red Hat will test its Red Hat Application Server to ensure interoperability with
other J2EE application platforms from BEA, IBM and Oracle. In addition, these
vendors’ contributions to the open source community are being integrated into
Red Hat Application Server to help enable seamless interoperability. Red Hat
Application Server is tested and supported on all major commercial JVMs,
including Sun SDK, BEA WebLogic JRockit and IBM JDK and will also be tested and
certified with leading DBMS platforms, including the Oracle® Database, IBM DB2
and Sybase. Protecting existing Java investments while deploying open source is
a key benefit to customers.

“BEA has been working with Red Hat to integrate Beehive, the industry’s first
easy-to-use open-source foundation for building enterprise JAVA and service
oriented architecture applications, into future versions of Red Hat Application
Server,” said Cornelius Willis, vice president, developer marketing, BEA Systems.
“Based on BEA WebLogic Workshop, Beehive is designed to help foster new
innovations through industry-wide collaboration to ensure investment protection
for developer skills and applications while helping to expand the community of

“Oracle’s long-time support for open standards has contributed to our position
as the leading provider of clustered Linux solutions for the database and
application server,” said Thomas Kurian, senior vice president, Server
Technologies, Oracle Corp. “We welcome Red Hat to the multiplatform application
community and will support development and deployment of J2EE applications and
Web services to Red Hat Application Server using Oracle JDeveloper 10g.”

Red Hat Application Server includes most commonly used features/functionality
found in commercial J2EE application servers, including :

Enterprise Application Server (JOnAS): EJBs
Web Application Server (Tomcat): JSPs and Servlets
Web Services: through AXIS from Apache
JakartaServer Management: using JMX (JonAS/Tomcat)
Scalability features: pooling, caching and storage optimization
Messaging and transaction support
Clustering for failover and load balancing
Support for commodity architectures: IA-32, Itanium, PPC

“Through the Red Hat Application Server, customers can now benefit from the open
source components ObjectWeb delivers such as JOnAS, JORAM, and JOTM to build
enterprise-class offerings,” said Jean-Pierre Laisné, Chairman, ObjectWeb
Consortium. “Together, Red Hat and ObjectWeb show the unique strength that
pure-play open source solutions can provide to the enterprise.”

“At BroadVision, we are adopting support for open source at the platform layers
because it provides our customers with unprecedented TCO reductions and flexibility,”
said Keith Goldstein, Senior Vice President of Business Development at BroadVision.
“We are excited to be working with Red Hat to provide our customers with
unparalleled choice in deploying their solutions on open source software.
BroadVision is committed to supporting open source software including the
middleware layer across its entire suite of products for building self-service
web applications. ”

Red Hat Application Server is fully compatible with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux
family of solutions and is sold as an annual subscription that includes technologies,
maintenance and various levels of support. For more information, please visit or call 866-2-REDHAT.

Red Hat and Black Duck Software Team Up on Software IP Risk Management

New facet in Red Hat Open Source Assurance Plan is designed to mitigate risks for software developers and end users.

RALEIGH, NC, AUG. 3, 2004 – Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), the world’s leading
provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, today announced a partnership
with Black Duck Software, a leading provider of information services that enable
vendors and enterprises to manage software intellectual property (IP). The
companies will work together to help software developers and companies using
Linux and open source software to mitigate the risks associated with software
development and management of their intellectual property. This announcement is
the latest milestone in Red Hat’s Open Source Assurance program, a plan for
protecting open source developers and Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscribers.

“Customers are excited about the value and flexibility that Linux and open source
bring,” said Matthew Szulik, Chairman and CEO of Red Hat. “Working with partners
like Black Duck, Red Hat is committed to preserving the creative spirit of
developers, fortifying the confidence enterprise users have in Linux and open
source, and increasing the value of Red Hat subscriptions.”

Established in August, 2003, Red Hat’s Open Source Assurance program was launched
in an effort to develop and deploy open source software with confidence. The
program features The Open Source Now Fund, a fund created by Red Hat in August,
2003 to assist companies with any legal expenses associated with litigation
related to the development of software under the GPL or other open source license
and to prepare educational materials related to such software and litigation.
An Intellectual Property Warranty for Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers is a
second feature added in October 2003. This Warranty is a promise by Red Hat to
replace software if there is an intellectual property issue so that customers
may continue to use the solution without interruption.

Black Duck helps companies to preserve the value of their software IP and
implement licensing compliance programs, as these programs become more complex
and adapt to the growing practice of reusing open source software. The company’s
innovative protexIPT suite of offerings are the first software IP management
solutions that give vendors and enterprises the knowledge and tools they need
to safely leverage open source software in commercial products and internal
applications. Companies using protexIP deploy an automated solution that
supports both the accelerated pace of development and heightened sensitivity to
business controls required in today’s business environment.

The existing features of the program with a new relationship with Black Duck will
offer Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers a comprehensive plan that includes
prevention and protection.

“Black Duck’s mission is to help any organization concerned about the risks of
combining open source and proprietary software code, either accidentally or
intentionally, into its own software,” said Douglas A. Levin, CEO of Black Duck
Software. “We’re very excited to be partnering with Red Hat on these crucial
issues of protecting software developers and furthering Linux and open source
adoption to the enterprise.”

“Corporate developers of software and the attorneys who represent them are
searching for ways to facilitate efficient identification and resolution of
issues arising from the integration of intellectual property from multiple
sources and compliance with potentially conflicting licensing obligations,”
said Ira Heffan, an intellectual property attorney with the law firm of Testa,
Hurwitz & Thibeault LLP. The implementation of these business processes is
critical to the wider adoption of open source software.”

Red Hat plans to work with Black Duck to develop joint seminars with Red Hat
Global Learning Services to educate customers on best practices in IP risk
mitigation. The companies will also offer joint service offerings to assess and
help implement IP best practices and will work to deliver value-added IP risk
management solutions through Red Hat Network distribute Black Duck protexIP/development
via Red Hat Network. For more information on Black Duck, please visit For more information on Red Hat’s Open
Source Assurance Program, please visit


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