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Red Hat helps customers buy third-party software

Antony Savvas

Red Hat has announced the availability of Red Hat Exchange (RHX), which enables customers to buy third-party open source business software through Red Hat online.

The RHX is designed to simplify software acquisition for customers, as all software is purchased, delivered and supported via a single, standardised Red Hat subscription agreement with consolidated billing covering the complete application stack.

The third party software applications offered are built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss platform software. 

The software covers areas such as customer relationship management, business intelligence, messaging and collaboration.

“When customers can minimise the number of suppliers they are dealing with and the associated number of support contracts, they can reduce the complexity and often the cost associated with managing workloads,” said Al Gillen, a research vice president of systems software at IDC.

RHX launch partners include Alfresco, CentricCRM, Compiere, EnterpriseDB, Groundwork, Jaspersoft, Jive, MySQL, Pentaho, Scalix, SugarCRM, Zenoss, Zimbra and Zmanda.

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