Red Hat trio unveils e-commerce suite

The open source software maker Red Hat is to join with Compaq and Pioneer-Standard to provide an e-commerce suite for...

The open source software maker Red Hat is to join with Compaq and Pioneer-Standard to provide an e-commerce suite for medium-sized enterprises.

Charles Gold, Red Hat's director of product solutions marketing, said: "This is a great time for us. With contracting IT budgets, people are looking for value.

"You're getting the functionality, the scalability, the customisation capability that one would typically associate with a very high-end, expensive enterprise package, but you're getting it at a much lower price."

The software in the suite costs $3,000 (£2,065) for a 12-month subscription. Additional hardware is priced from $2,500 (£1,722) to $3,000 (£2,067), while companies can opt for a full-service e-commerce system for less than $10,000 (£6,891).

The software is available now in the US, although availability in other parts of the world should be confirmed soon.

"This is a mid-market solution," said Gold. "For really small businesses, this is going to be more functionality than they need. For a medium-sized enterprise, which has complex needs but doesn't have the budget of a larger enterprise, it's an ideal solution."

The package builds on the Red Hat E-Commerce Suite introduced earlier this month, and includes the open source e-commerce platform Interchange 4.8, the configuration tool CommerceLauncher, the Apache Web server, the Red Hat Database and the Red Hat Network subscription service with software updates.

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