Red Hat To Revamp Advanced Server Line

Company expected to announce name change, lower priced version. Also, new IT survey shows Red Hat and Linux gaining market share.Red Hat will announce some major changes in its Advanced Server product line today, according to CNET

Michael Evans, vice president of channel sales and development for Red Hat, will make a presentation at the Lehman Brothers Global Software and IT Services Conference today in Half Moon Bay, California.

Advanced Server is to be renamed Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS, CNET said, quoting Mark De Visser, vice president of marketing for Red Hat.

At the same time, a lower priced version of the product will be introduced for servers with one or two processors, he added.

Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHAT) shifted emphasis last year to focus on the enterprise-level product line, charging up-front fees and then signing on customers for subscription support and update services.

Prices for support services for the top-line server series will cost from $349 to $800 a year, substantially less than the previous top end of $2,500, according to CNET.

The price for the smaller server series will be between $179 and $299 a year for subscription support.

In a new Goldman Sachs IT Spending Survey, Red Hat was cited as one of a handful of companies gaining market share.

The survey, as reported by The, also found that 53 percent of companies included in the report were using Linux, up sharply from 39 percent as reported in October.

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