IT services and hardware supplier Unisys has joined the Red Hat partner community one month after unveiling support for Linux on its ES7000 servers.
Red Hat said the deal allows the two companies to offer integrated Linux products to enterprise customers with Red Hat Enterprise Linux across the full line of Unisys server products.
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Last month, Unisys said customer demand had pushed it to begin offering its ES7000 servers with Red Hat or SUSE Linux, in addition to its existing Microsoft Windows-equipped line of ES7000 servers.
The company said it had been closed out of the bidding on some recent contracts because it did not have a Linux option for its hardware.
"CIOs are increasingly looking to standardise their datacentre environments on Intel platforms and move away from expensive, proprietary Unix/Risc-based systems," Chander Khanna, vice-president, Unisys platform marketing, said.
"Working with Red Hat, Unisys will help customers create flexible and robust Linux-based solutions designed to meet their specific needs. It's a giant leap forward in developing a mission-critical ecosystem around the Linux operating environment."
The full line of Intel-based Unisys ES7000 servers, running on both 32-bit and 64-bit Intel processors, from four-way to 32-way, will be available with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
The new Unisys servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux are available immediately.
Todd R Weiss writes for Computerworld