Red Hat touts CMS and portal apps

Linux software supplier Red Hat is to unveil two enterprise applications - a content management system and a portal server.

Linux software supplier Red Hat is to unveil two enterprise applications - a content management system and a portal server.

Red Hat Enterprise Content Management System 5.2, based on technology Red Hat acquired when it bought ArsDigita, began shipping in December.

The Red Hat Enterprise Portal Server 1.0 is slated for shipping in May, although its technology has been sold already to some Red Hat clients.

Red Hat waited until now to announce the products officially because now both have been integrated with the Red Hat Enterprise operating systems and with the Red Hat Enterprise Network, which provides automated software delivery and systems monitoring.

Some of the companies already using these products include Deutsche Post, French retailer Carrefour and Dunkin' Donuts.

Red Hat will price the products competitively.

The company is best known as a provider of Linux operating systems for both consumers and companies, but is expanding into the applications space, where it is convinced its open-source philosophy, aggressive prices and broad technical support will be found appealing.

By focusing on content management, Red Hat is going after one of the hottest and fastest-growing segments of the software market, said IDC analyst Susan Funke. "It makes sense for Red Hat to get into this," she said.

For IT managers, Red Hat's entrance offers another option in a segment that is still volatile and not yet dominated by any one player, she added.  IT managers have a broad palette of options in terms of content-management software providers, including database makers, pure-play content management software companies and application-service providers.

Having an open-source software supplier in the mix adds another option for IT managers considering content management software, Funke said.

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