Oracle and Red Hat Take Quantum 'LEAP' to Further Linux in Asia Pacific

Jun 23, 2004, 01:00 ET from Oracle Corp.

    REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., June 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Oracle (Nasdaq:   ORCL) and Red Hat today announced a significant development in
 their longstanding partnership with the launch of the Oracle-Red Hat Linux
 Enterprise Applications Porting (LEAP) Center in Singapore.
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     Established to grow the ecosystem of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs)
 and System Integrators (SIs) in Asia Pacific that deliver solutions on Linux,
 the LEAP Center is the first significant Linux initiative in Singapore and the
 first joint Oracle-Red Hat Linux solution center in the world. Oracle and Red
 Hat have jointly committed an estimated USD $13 million / SGD $20 million in
 software, training and resources to date.
     Designed as a regional hub for the software industry to harness the
 potential of enterprise Linux, the Oracle-Red Hat LEAP Center will assist ISVs
 and SIs in porting, optimizing and certifying their solutions on Linux. By
 improving partners' skills on Linux and providing access to the low-cost,
 secure, and reliable Oracle infrastructure running on the Red Hat Enterprise
 Linux platform, the LEAP Center will increase the availability of third-party
 Linux applications for the enterprise, while accelerating adoption of
 enterprise Linux solutions in Asia Pacific.
     "Third-party application availability will be the next driving force for
 Linux adoption," said Keith Budge, regional managing director, South Asia
 Region, Oracle Corporation. "This is a ground-breaking achievement for
 Singapore. By fast-tracking the development of a vibrant, extensive and
 robust, local community of ISVs and SIs developing enterprise solutions on
 Linux, Singapore is enabling companies around the region to make the LEAP to
     "Red Hat and Oracle's partnership remains strong as we've launched Linux
 into the datacenter," said Alex Pinchev, president of worldwide sales for Red
 Hat. "We are now responding to the burgeoning customer demand in Asia Pacific
 by establishing an Oracle -- Red Hat LEAP Center. Our joint goal is to provide
 customers as many options as possible when constructing their open source
     Specifically, the LEAP Center provides ISVs and SIs with access to
 resources, including:
     -- Red Hat Enterprise Linux and software development test beds
     -- Red Hat Enterprise Linux migration services
     -- Mission-critical support for pilots and flagship users
     -- Intel architecture validation and tuning lab.
     These facilities will be coupled with the full-range of Oracle
 infrastructure software products running on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux
 platform at the Center. Both Oracle and Red Hat will provide consultants and
 engineering resources that will help partners gain hands-on experience with
 the latest Oracle(R) technology on Red Hat.
     Tan Chek Ming, assistant managing director, Singapore Economic Development
 Board, who presided over the Center's launch said, "We are pleased to see key
 technology partners like Oracle and Red Hat working to develop their
 capabilities on Linux with our local and regional IT companies. Their
 collaboration will help increase the adoption rate and confidence among major
 end users. It is also a timely partnership as the Infocomm market size in Asia
 Pacific is set to increase substantially this year. By leveraging Singapore's
 strong IT infrastructure and skilled talent, this Center will complement the
 partners' existing capabilities and allow them to better access and serve the
 regional market from Singapore."
     The LEAP Center is ready to provide ISVs and SIs with the resources that
 will enable them to go to market faster with applications that are pre-tested
 and certified on Oracle and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Acceptance of partner
 applications from Singapore and the surrounding region will begin on June 24,
 2004. More information on the LEAP Center is available at and
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