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Red Hat signs with Symantec for cloud disaster recovery services

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Thu Jun 28 2012, 17:14
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LINUX VENDOR Red Hat has announced it inked a deal with Symantec to provide support for mission critical cloud based services.

Red Hat, which like all software vendors at the moment is making a big play for a share of the cloud market, has joined up with Symantec to provide support for mission critical applications that are hosted on the cloud. Red Hat said its Cluster Server software coupled with Symantec's Cluster file system can offer failover services for applications such as Oracle database systems.

Paul Cormier, president of Products and Technology at Red Hat said, "Working closely together, Red Hat and Symantec offer joint customers tremendous value with an open source, secure pathway to modernize their legacy IT architectures. We're pleased to expand our long-term collaboration with Symantec to bring our leading Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating platform and Symantec's compelling technologies together to enable our joint customers with further choice and flexibility for their IT infrastructures."

Interestingly, Red Hat didn't mention Symantec in relation to security, the market that is most synonymous with Symantec. The problem for security vendors such as Symantec is that they have a far harder time making their usual plays on fear and uncertainty when it comes to Linux based operating systems, so they sell their supporting products such as 'business continuity'.

Red Hat's decision to partner with Symantec to provide disaster recovery services is a smart move, as many enterprises are likely to have dealt with Symantec to secure machines running Microsoft Windows. The company said that it will make more information available later this year about the services it will offer with Symantec. µ


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