Red Hat Signs Americas Distribution Agreement with Avnet Embedded

  Red Hat Signs Americas Distribution Agreement with Avnet Embedded

  Expansion of Red Hat's Distribution Strategy Reinforces Channel Commitment
 while Providing OEMs and ISVs with Access to Red Hat Embedded Linux and Red
                        Hat JBoss Middleware Solutions

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- December 03, 2012

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source
solutions, today announced that it is expanding the reach of its embedded
software program through a new partnership with Avnet Embedded, a business
group of Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc.,
(NYSE: AVT). Avnet Embedded will offer flexible, integrated systems based on
Red Hat Embedded Linux and Red Hat JBoss Middleware solutions to its large
base of OEM and independent software vendor (ISV) partners throughout the

As a Red Hat distributor in the Americas, Avnet Embedded plans to become a
one-stop shop for customers, offering software, hardware, integration, and
value-added support services. The Red Hat offering for embedded products will

  *Red Hat Embedded Linux
  *Red Hat JBoss Middleware solutions
  *Red Hat Developer Support
  *JBoss Developer Support

Avnet Electronics Marketing is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc.
that serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic
manufacturing services (EMS) providers in more than 70 countries, distributing
electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated
design-chain and supply-chain services.

“Red Hat has expanded outside the traditional data center, given the
proliferation of intelligent connected devices and the affinity of embedded
engineers towards open source,” said Dion Cornett, vice president, Strategic
Alliances, Red Hat. “Red Hat's embedded business presents partners with
strategic growth opportunities. This Americas distribution agreement with
Avnet is the latest example of Red Hat's channel-centric strategy for offering
OEMs the flexibility, speed-to-market and enterprise functionality they need
to drive their revenues and profits. We’re looking forward to working with
Avnet Embedded to drive new opportunities and to bring the many benefits of
Red Hat's open source solutions to the embedded OEM marketplace.”

“Red Hat is a recognized leader in open source enterprise software and
embedded Linux. The addition of Red Hat to Avnet’s embedded software and
service portfolio substantially enhances our value proposition for providing
comprehensive support across our customers’ entire solution stack,” said Chuck
Kostalnick, senior vice president, Avnet Embedded. “We are very pleased to
have the opportunity to represent Red Hat's exceptional product line to the
OEM market. Together, Avnet Embedded and Red Hat can enable OEM customers with
the necessary code and corresponding software services to imagine, develop and
complete their next embedded design more quickly, efficiently and cost

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