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Open source virtualization at its best
Powered by the open source Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3 offers a superior balance of enterprise virtualization features, performance, scalability and management - all for a fraction of the cost of proprietary virtualization platforms.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux offerings from IBM

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Server

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server is a versatile platform that can be deployed on physical systems, as a guest on the major hypervisors, or in a cloud. In addition, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server includes a complete LAMP stack (Apache/Tomcat, PHP/Perl/Python, MySQL/PostgreSQL), file and print services (NFS, CIFS/SMB, CUPS), and authentication services (openldap, kerberos5). Subscriptions are available with flexible guest entitlements of one, four, or unlimited guests per physical host.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for HPC Compute Node and Red Hat Enterprise Linux for HPC Head Node

For users implementing a cluster of servers, the HPC (High Performance Computing) Compute Node is designed for deploying an HPC cluster while the Red Hat Enterprise Linux for HPC Head Node is a full-featured platform to be deployed as the interactive system within an HPC cluster.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Add-On options

In conjunction with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, IBM offers a portfolio of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Add-On options to extend the features of your Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription so that you can tailor your application environment to suit your particular computing requirements.

Options for availability:

High-Availability Add-On
Red Hat′s High Availability Add-On provides on-demand failover to make applications highly available. This Add-On may be configured for most applications that use customizable agents, as well as for virtual guests, and includes failover support for off-the-shelf applications like Apache, MySQL, and PostgreSQL. When purchased with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP applications, the High Availability Add-On provides failover for SAP applications.

Resilient Storage Add-On
Red Hat′s Resilient Storage Add-On enables a shared storage or a clustered file system to access the same storage device over a network. This creates a pool of data available for each server in the group and is protected even if a server should fail. The Resilient Storage Add-On includes the High Availability Add-On which may be used to protect your storage as well as your applications.

Load Balancer Add-On
Red Hat′s Load Balancer Add-On provides redundancy for Web serving, databases, networking, and storage. By creating a virtual address that can be directed to a real server for load balancing or traffic shaping, ths Add-On enables you to quickly add or remove servers or change balancing algorithms using a browser-based graphical user interface (GUI).

Options for scalability:

Scalable File System Add-On
Red Hat's Scalable File System Add-On provides support for file systems that are more than 16 terabytes in size. You can manage these large data stores using advanced features such as 64-bit journaling and advanced locking algorithms.

High Performance Network Add-On
Red Hat's High Performance Network Add-On delivers remote directory memory access over converged Ethernet (RoCE) for those times when low network latency and high capacity are important. This Add-On is ideal for high-speed data processing applications that require low latency, for speeding up cluster locking, or for scaling up applications on distributed systems without investing in specialized networking technologies.

Options for management:

Smart Management Add-On
The Smart Management Add-On includes Red Hat Network Management, and Red Hat Network Provisioning modules for use with Red Hat Network and Red Hat Network Satellite. This allows organizations to easily manage and update their Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems using Red Hat Network or Red Hat Network Satellite.

Options for lifecycle management:

Extended Update Support Add-On
For organizations that require support for an extended period of time, Red Hat offers the Extended Update Support Add-On, which extends the support period of an update for 18 months and delivers overlapping release support to give enterprise customers more flexibility.

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager offerings from IBM

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Manager offerings from IBM
This feature-rich server virtualization management system provides advanced capabilities for hosts and guests, including high availability, live migration, storage management, system scheduler, and more.

Red Hat Network Satellite offerings from IBM

Red Hat Network Satellite
This easy-to-use and intuitive systems management platform is designed for your growing Linux infrastructure. Built on open standards, RHN Satellite provides powerful systems administration capabilities such as management, provisioning and monitoring for large deployments.


With IBM having the worldwide presence and commitment to Linux technology, IBM is the ideal supplier to provide dependable service and support at a competitive price. All Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions include the ability to upgrade to new versions at no additional cost and include a subscription to the Red Hat Network Update Module. For more information regarding the Red Hat Network, visit

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System x Linux and Open Virtualization Business Development and Marketing Program Director

Pat Massey Byers Within IBM's System x server organization, Pat focuses on Linux, where she is responsible for business development, marketing, relationships with major Linux companies including Red Hat, SUSE and Canonical (Ubuntu) and manages IBM System x's Linux operating system product portfolios.

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