Intel, Red Hat Team Offer Partners Quicker Time to Market

By Jessica Davis  |  Posted 2007-03-20 Email Print this article Print


The companies announced a partner program collaboration they promise will shrink time to market from months to days.

Linux operating system distributor Red Hat Inc. and microprocessor maker Intel Corp. are teaming up on a joint channel partner program, the companies announced at the Intel Solutions Summit in San Diego March 19.

The move comes as Linux is gaining even more momentum in the enterprise and Red Hat makes moves to become a force in the desktop market, too.

Designed to allow Intel channel partners to rapidly enter the Linux market, the Global Channel Acceleration Program gives participants a way to sell supported pre-certified solutions that combine Raleigh, N.C.-based Red Hat's portfolio of software on Intel hardware platforms.

The program reduces the time-to-market from months to days, the companies said in a statement, and is available to Intel Channel Partner Premier and Associate Program members.

"We're very pleased to help our Intel Channel Partner Program members with rapid entry into the expanding Linux marketplace with Red Hat's comprehensive portfolio of solutions and new ways to provide their customers with more value," said Steve Dallman, general manager of Intel's worldwide channel, in a statement. "The Global Channel Acceleration Program also paves the way to ongoing revenue possibilities made possible by Red Hat's subscription renewal model of payment."

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Participation in the Global Channel Acceleration Program is offered at no charge, but free enrollment in Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel's Enterprise Server Acceleration Alliance (ESAA) and Red Hat Ready program is required.

More information about the program is available at this website.

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at


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