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TheStandard: Red Hat Releases E-Commerce Package

Aug 13, 2001, 23:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Computerworld)

As expected, Red Hat has released its E-Commerce Package. The most useful piece of new information from this report (as opposed to the anticipatory pieces widely carried last week) is the information on the price structure:

"...The suite is priced at $275 per month for a minimum of 12 months or for a one-year license at $2,995. The package will be available starting Aug. 22, but preorders will be accepted by the Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based company starting next week.

Dan Kusnetzky, an analyst at IDC in Framingham, Mass., said the suite is well positioned to provide an affordable way for smaller businesses to start selling their wares online. "Most small and medium-size businesses do not have a Web presence" other than perhaps having online catalogs of their offerings, he said. "This would allow them to take the next step."

What has held such businesses back in the past, Kusnetzky said, is that they haven't had the on-staff expertise or the money to be able to afford trying to sell online. "This would be a low-cost and useful approach," he said."

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