/ Mumbai: During a press conference in London yesterday,
Red Hat, the world''s leading provider, open source solutions
to the enterprise announced a long-term client strategy.
Matthew Szulik, Red Hat chairman and ceo, discussed
with an audience of press, analysts and partners how
Red Hat''s client strategy was forged from the need for
choice in the technology industry to drive innovation
and forward thinking. "Open source is now causing
the enterprise to question traditional models of software
and software availability. This is an architectural
alternative that extends from devices, through the network,
and into the data centre deployable and flexible without
concern of lock-in."
Red Hat''s strategy will bring the security, manageability
and reliability of open source to the client environment.
Existing Red Hat customers will benefit from a consistent
platform for both client and server applications and
new customers will have the opportunity to pilot and
integrate flexible open source alternatives. The client
strategy is an extension of open source architecture
designed to enable open source in the enterprise by
providing breadth and depth of open source and partner-certified
"Several industry trends are coming together which
are likely to change how organisations deploy information
technology on the desktop," said Dan Kusnetzky,
IDC''s vp of system software research. "Strategies
to lower costs while still providing a well managed,
secure platform are increasingly important. This announcement
makes it clear that Red Hat understands these
emerging requirements and has a strategy to provide
the needed products and services."
In March, 2004 Red Hat announced a partnership with
Wind River to jointly pursue the device market, with
a standard open source platform. This is now followed
with the first market deliverable of the client strategy;
the delivery of the Red Hat Desktop.
Javed Tapia, director Red Hat India said "The
launch of Red Hat Desktop spells Red Hat''s commitment
to the client environment. We have ensured that Red
Hat Desktop provides a complete user experience with
E-mai, Web Browsing, Instant Messaging, Office suite,
Imaging and Multimedia PLUS installation support and
a year of upgrades and updates." With Red Hat Desktop,
Red Hat plans to address the growing demand for PCs
in India. He added " In India, PC manufacturers
have already started offering Linux OS with their products.
This has fueled the demand for PCs and laptops as prices
have plummeted. In fact India is a step ahead of the
rest of the world when it comes to adoption of Linux
on the desktop. Governments, corporates and even the
education segment have already started using Linux on
The Red Hat Desktop is a secure, manageable solution
for the enterprise and is targeted at Government, Academic
and Enterprise IT organisations. The Red Hat Desktop
is a productive environment that features mature open
source office applications including an e-mail client,
browser and office suite. Organisations seeking a single
client for developers who require both development and
office productivity solutions are ideal pilot sites.
LVM, one of Germany''s largest insurance companies,
is one of the heavier users of Linux on the desktop
today with more than 8,400 previously in-house developed
Linux desktops deployed in their organisation. "We
are considering the Red Hat Desktop solution because
of the open source merits of security, manageability
and cost-effectiveness," said Matthias Strelow,
technical team leader at LVM.
The Red Hat Desktop will be made available in configurations
which include either Red Hat Network Proxy or Satellite
Servers. A Proxy or Satellite Server deployment enables
several clients to be deployed and managed Simultaneously
and greatly simplifies the ongoing security and management
Future enhancements to Red Hat''s desktop strategy will
focus on productivity and interoperability with the
support of key industry partners. Partners such as VMWare,
Real, Macromedia, Adobe and Citrix are working to certify
applications to enable great cross-functionality with
"VMware desktop solutions have provided millions
of technical professionals with the ability to develop
and test Linux-based applications with minimal effort,"
said Michael Mullany, vp of marketing at VMware. "As
organisations turn to the security and manageability
of Linux on the desktop, we look forward to delivering
innovative capabilities to Red Hat Desktop solutions."
In parallel, Red Hat will continue work with Wind River
to address thin client computing and the device marketplace.
By building thin clients and devices based on Red Hat
Enterprise Linux, customers will have access to flexible
open source technology for a broader range of solutions,
from single-purpose call center clients to handhelds.
For the first time, developers will be able to standardise
device software development across the enterprise. "The
enterprise today requires a truly collaborative infrastructure
that enables next-generation devices to exchange data
with enterprise computers running highly available applications,"
said Brad Murdoch, vice president of strategic alliances
for Wind River. "In order to connect the device
to the enterprise efficiently, companies must optimise
device software development. With Wind River and Red
Hat, companies have the two industry leading standards
in device software that will enable device to server
connectivity better, faster at a lower cost and more