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Red Hat Cuts Key Deal with Fujitsu

Red Hat Cuts Key Deal with Fujitsu

Fujitsu, which practically has co-developer status on the Sparc chip and has been one of Sun's most loyal resellers, is cuddling deeper under the covers with Red Hat in the name of its new Intel initiative - the one that will see it create mainframe-class systems out of Itanium and Xeon chips, the kind of thing it used to use Sparc and Solaris for.

Fujitsu and Red Hat have expanded their existing relationship into a global partnership to enhance and market Red Hat Enterprise Linux solutions, which are to be optimized for mission-critical use on Fujitsu's hardware. Fujitsu has fully integrated solutions in mind so it's going to make sure all its enterprise applications are compatible with Red Hat.

Fujitsu and Red Hat will create joint engineering teams at Red Hat sites to hone Linux to a mission-critical sheen.

According to the deal, Fujitsu and its principal subsidiaries including Fujitsu Siemens are supposed to become Premier partners for selling and supporting Red Hat.

Oracle and Veritas say they expect to benefit from the arrangement.

The deal bears some similarities to the relationships that Red Hat has with IBM and HP but Fujitsu, which is the fifth-largest server seller in the world, is giving Red Hat engineering resources and it's Red Hat's first serious deal with a Japanese concern.

Fujitsu has ambitions to build a 128-way mainframe-style system out of Intel parts. Intel worked for five years to entice Fujitsu to the table. Fujitsu is going help Red Hat to scale, Red Hat said. Fujitsu is believed to have 32- and 64-way milestones in mind before going whole hog. The 128-way system, based on a future version of the Itanium 2, presumably the recently reconstituted dual-core Montecito, won?t make it out until 2005, but the first fruits of its Intel push are due next year.

Fujitsu expects to use some Windows on the boxes, but its emphasis is on Linux.

Fujitsu currently sells what it regards as low-end four- to 16-way Xeon boxes and its Fujitsu Siemens joint venture sells large Xeon and Itanium systems.

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