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This is a presentation held at eLiberatica 2008.

http://www.eliberatica.ro/2008/

One of the biggest events of its kind in Eastern Europe, eLiberatica brings community leaders from around the world to discuss about the hottest topics in FLOSS movement, demonstrating the advantages of adopting, using and developing Open Source and Free Software solutions.

The eLiberatica organizational committee together with our speakers and guests, have graciously allowed media representatives and all attendees to photograph, videotape and otherwise record their sessions, on the condition that the photos, videos and recordings are licensed under the Creative Commons Share-Alike 3.0 License.

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  • 1. Red Hatand the Open Source Business Model Dragos MANAC dragos@sns.ro http://redhat.sns.ro
  • 2. History 1993 – 2003 Red Hat Linux 2003 – 2008 Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2
  • 3. Red Hat Technology 3
  • 4. Red Hat Development Model Collaboration with partners and open source contributors to develop technology Deliver complete distributions in two stages for two users ● First stage – Fedora Project ● Development vehicle ● New versions ~ twice each year ● Unsupported, possibly unstable ● Fast moving, latest technology ● Second stage - RHEL ● Red Hat Enterprise Linux ● 18-24 months release cycle ● Supported and certified ● Stable, mature, commercially focused technologies 4
  • 5. Red Hat Enterprise Linux vs. Fedora Software selection model ● Fedora may potentially contain unstable technology, no testing ● RHEL includes _only_ mature technologies Release cycle ● Fedora: new version - every 6 months; updated - ~ 1 year ● RHEL: new versio – every 18-24 months; updated - ~ 7 years Update model ● Fedora – incorporate new versions of software ● RHEL – stick to the original one, backport bugfixes, providing a stable API 5
  • 6. Red Hat Enterprise Linux vs. Fedora -contd Support model ● Fedora: Internet forums. Volunteers, no guarantees. ● RHEL: World biggest open-source software company ISV/IHV certifications ● Fedora: none. ● RHEL: Thousands of applications from major ISVs. Hundreds of certified HW systems from leading OEMs. Every product is good for a particular customer: ● Fedora: IT-enthusiast, home users ● RHEL: Corporate users. 6
  • 7. Certification Ecosystem The Red Hat Enterprise Linux OEM and ISV certification portfolio ● The largest is the open source industry ● Continues to grow rapidly ● Is unique to Red Hat Enterprise Linux product family ● Provides unmatched coverage Driven by Thousands of certified applications ● Customer demand ● Platform consistency ● Support longevity ● Product qualities ● Performance ● Security ● Scalability Hundreds of certified systems 7
  • 8. Technical Support – The Red Hat Way 8
  • 9. Value of the subscription Subscription – one price, all included ● Product & documentation ● Updates ● Upgrades ● Access to Red Hat Network ● Ecosystem access ● Technical Support Services, available ● Training and Certification ● RHCE - #1 Hottest IT certification 06 (cetrcities.com) 9
  • 10. Success stories
  • 11. City of Vienna Starting in 1994 with FreeBSD Switching to RedHat 7.0 on Compaq/HP Proliant in 2000 Now: ca. 350 servers in production with RedHat EL 4.0 Use: ● Webserver 15 ● Firewall 25 ● Applicationsservers (Perl, C, Python, Java) 30 ● Fileserver (Samba) 100 ● DB Server (Oracle, PostgreSQL) 20 ● VAX/VMS emulation on Linux 50 ● Metadirectory 10 11
  • 12. French Tax Agency Project Copernicus, full SOA implementation 55M citizens + 3M companies 100K employees 4000 Linux servers Built & developed on Linux/FLOSS Lower TCP (75-90%) Built on JBoss 12
  • 13. WiiFM & ACMEWhats In In For Me? (WiiFM) Lower TCO Increased ROI (+ buzzword compliance) FreedomAmerican Company Manufacturing Everything (ACME) Brings in value Can be easily Integrated Standard compliant As expected 13
  • 14. Mo ney? Consultancy Implementation Customization Feature request Subscriptions Support Documentation TrainingThink before you act! 14
  • 15. Red Hat Visit http://redhat.sns.ro for information in Romanian and a biweekly newsletter Visit http://redhat.com for everything else ;-)Dragos MANACdragos@sns.ro 15