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Red Hat Expands Virtualization Collaboration with SAP via New Certification

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the certification of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 for SAP® business applications running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This is a continuation of the companies’ joint work on virtualization and an expansion of SAP’s certification of the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 platform release. The certification marks the latest milestone in a 15-year alliance formed to help simplify deployments of SAP applications on physical Red Hat servers, in virtualized environments or in the cloud, bringing new choice to enterprises worldwide.

Enterprise customers such as TCC Technology Co. Ltd., Thailand’s leading provider of commercial managed hosting and datacenter services, are turning to Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization to achieve business continuity, agility and cost efficiency for their deployments of SAP applications.

“Although virtualization is an established global trend, we had not used it to support mission-critical applications until we found Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and applied it to our hosted services for SAP solutions,” said Kosit Suksingha, managing director of TCC Technology. “It has proven to be reliable, cost-effective and scalable, helping us to offer commercially attractive hosted services for SAP solutions on a pay-as-you-go basis.”

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is the only mission-critical end-to-end, open source virtualization infrastructure designed for enterprises that is available today. Providing an open virtualization hypervisor with Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) and robust management tools based on the open source oVirt project, the portfolio delivers leading performance, scalability, flexibility and cost benefits. Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1, available globally today, delivers new features and integrations spanning scalability, networking, storage and more.

In addition to achieving leading performance results on the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmark announced in June1 – with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and its KVM hypervisor running the SAP ERP 6.0 application – Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization has, as of Dec. 1, 2012, attained the seven highest SPECvirt_sc2010 benchmarks (www.spec.org).

Availability

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 is available globally for production use with SAP solutions today.

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Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies, Red Hat

“Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization delivers industry-leading performance and scalability. The advancements made in our 3.1 release today are designed to especially benefit customers running large mission-critical workloads like SAP applications. The scalability and performance gains create an even stronger price/performance advantage, and new features like storage live migration and dynamic resource allocation offer a better user experience.”

Tom Collett, global vice president, Global Technology Partners, SAP

“This marks another important milestone in the 15-year collaboration between SAP and Red Hat. We continue to drive stronger performance and compelling cost efficiencies that resonate with enterprise customers. We look forward to continuing to evolve our collaboration to meet the needs of our joint customers as they tackle virtualization and cloud computing deployments.”

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Red Hat is the world's leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at http://www.redhat.com.

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(1) Two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark configuration and results for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 on KVM on Cisco UCS B230 M2 (2 processors/20 cores/40 threads): Running SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0, Intel Xeon Processor E7-2870, 2.40 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 30 MB L3 cache per processor, 128 GB main memory, one virtual machine using 40 virtual CPUs and the SAP MaxDB® 7.8 database. Achieved 5,100 SAP SD benchmark users and 28,080 SAPS. SAP certification number: 2012013.

Two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark configuration and results for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 on KVM on IBM System x3850 (4 processors/40 cores/80 threads): Running SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0, Intel Xeon Processor E7-8870, 2.4 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 30 MB L3 cache per processor, 512 GB main memory, one virtual machine using 80 virtual CPUs and DB2 9.7. Achieved 10,700 SAP SD benchmark users and 58,750 SAPS. SAP certification number: 2012020.

Both results valid as of June 26, 2012. For more details, visit http://www.sap.com/benchmark.

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