Red Hat and Oracle are hoping to make a great leap forward in driving high-level enterprise Linux adoption in the Far East.

The companies announced Wednesday that they are investing $13 million to open a joint development and implementation center in the high-tech hub of Singapore. The investment includes software, training and support and reflects spending to date.

The center also marks an expansion in the relationship between Oracle and Red Hat.

The news helped drive Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHAT) stock up on Wednesday. It closed at $22, a 6 percent jump of $1.29, as part of a generally positive day on Nasdaq.

The so-called LEAP Center is short for Linux Enterprise Applications Porting. At the center, software vendors and systems integrators can work to develop Linux solutions. The companies said that the center will include resources and assistance to “enable them to go to market faster with applications that are pre-tested and certified on Oracle and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.”

Among the resources to be made available at the center are:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux and software development test beds

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux migration services

  • Mission-critical support for pilots and flagship users

  • Intel architecture validation and tuning lab

  • A full-range of Oracle infrastructure software products running on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform
  • “Red Hat and Oracle’s partnership remains strong as we have launched Linux into the datacenter,” said Alex Pinchev, president of worldwide sales for Red Hat, in a statement. “We are now responding to the burgeoning customer demand in Asia Pacific by establishing an Oracle-Red Hat LEAP Center. Our joint goal is to provide customers as many options as possible when constructing their open source architectures.”

    Keith Budge, regional managing director for the South Asia Region at Oracle, said the center will help drive third-party application development which he added “will be the next driving force for Linux adoption.”

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