Press Release: July 19, 2010

HP and Red Hat Introduce Consulting Services to Improve Efficiency of Virtualized Environments

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- HP (NYSE: HPQ) and Red Hat Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced joint consulting services to help clients more effectively migrate to a Red Hat open source platform on an HP infrastructure.

Migration to an HP and Red Hat solution based on industry-standard servers and open source software can significantly lower total cost of ownership compared to older distributed application servers.

The transition from Solaris to Red Hat Enterprise Linux enables clients to leverage industry-standard servers in order to reduce operating costs and increase flexibility. Clients migrating from legacy SPARC/Solaris environments to open source and industry-standard alternatives can significantly increase systems performance while lowering operating expenses.

As the leading providers of Linux server and storage solutions, together HP and Red Hat offer expert capabilities that help clients identify a migration path from Solaris to Red Hat Enterprise Linux. As part of the joint consulting services, HP Technology Services and Red Hat collaborate to design an HP-based infrastructure plan that takes advantage of Red Hat’s expertise in Linux and virtualization to meet a client’s long-term growth needs. Clients benefit from an efficient migration from Solaris-based platforms to the HP ProLiant servers, including a reduced time to implementation.

“Clients need to increase the performance of their systems to remain flexible for future growth,” said Arthur Filip, vice president, Consulting, Technology Services, HP. “Red Hat Enterprise Linux on HP’s converged infrastructure, enabled by a complete portfolio of support and consulting services, provides clients a more efficient industry-standard and open source environment.”

“As Red Hat aligns and integrates its strategic migration planning and methodology for Solaris to Red Hat Enterprise Linux with HP’s migration services and assessments, customers can feel confident that they are moving to a lower-cost converged infrastructure,” said Iain Gray, vice president, Global Services, Red Hat. “While making this transition, customers are offered the peace of mind of transitioning their systems with expertise from technology leaders Red Hat and HP.”

HP and Red Hat deliver services to support growth, increase performance

The HP and Red Hat services are part of the holistic HP Migration Center, which offers the people, processes, tools and best practices needed to help clients successfully migrate to an HP infrastructure.

HP Migration Center provides focused support for integrating Red Hat technologies into multivendor environments. These collaborative services are supported by migration expertise that can help reduce total cost of ownership by up to 50 percent compared to the support, maintenance, operation and replacement expenses accrued on legacy systems.

  • HP-Red Hat Migration and Planning Service mitigates risk, reduces cost of change and improves efficiencies by helping clients transition from Solaris to Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization on HP ProLiant servers.
  • HP-Red Hat Virtualization Planning Service increases security and enhances scalability, creating a better platform for expansion through the virtualization of server-hosting mission-critical applications with performance levels designed to exceed that of the client’s legacy system.

HP and Red Hat deliver support, education and consulting services to address the needs of chief information officers looking to migrate from Solaris to Red Hat Enterprise Linux in order to eliminate the limitations that arise when using proprietary technology. With HP and Red Hat, clients are provided a single point of accountability for hardware and support across the technology life cycle. Clients also benefit from increased performance through virtualizing HP ProLiant servers with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization software.

Pricing and availability

The HP-Red Hat Migration and Planning Service as well as the HP-Red Hat Virtualization Planning Service are currently available in the United States and are expected to be introduced worldwide by the end of next year. Pricing varies based on deployment.

HP Financial Services, the company’s leasing and life cycle asset management services division, offers clients migrating to HP a wide range of flexible financing solutions, including sale-leaseback services. The HP Financial Solution Analysis enables enterprise clients to better understand how to gain maximum value from their technology investments.

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