Red Hat/IDC Webcast Unveils Results of Three-month Study

Press Release

WHAT: IDC Research reveals a 45-80 percent lower total cost of
ownership (TCO) for Linux on the Intel architecture over RISC/Unix

WHEN: 10:00-11:00 a.m. EST, Wednesday, January 23, 2002

WHO: Al Gillen, International Data Corporation (IDC) Research
Director, System Software; and Michael Tiemann, Red Hat Chief
Technology Officer

The study and the resulting white paper, “The Role of Linux in
Reducing the Cost of Enterprise Computing,” by IDC Analysts Dan
Kusnetzky, Al Gillen and Scott McLarnon, was sponsored by Red Hat.
Data for the study was collected through 142 telephone interviews
during June-September 2001, with companies of 100 employees or more
deploying Linux on the Intel platform and Unix on RISC-based

According to the study, Linux has emerged as a viable and
cost-effective alternative to Unix for enterprise computing on
Internet/intranet/extranet and collaberative workloads.

“Associated costs with Linux are not only dramatically lower for
the hardware and software, as you might expect, but also comparable
or lower for staffing–which you might not expect,” concludes the
study. “With staffing typically the largest component of overall IT
solution costs, this finding has important implications for IT
planning. In summary, Linux provides a lower-cost platform for
these workloads, especially in the first year of deployment. For
enterprises with the right mix of requirements and skill, Linux
offers tremendous potential to lower costs associated with
supporting application workloads.”

To participate in the Webcast and to download the IDC white
paper, please visit www.redhat.com.

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