Red Hat and IBM have set up a Linux certification program for independent software vendors across Europe.

The program is designed to help software vendors who want to certify applications to run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, IBM hardware and IBM middleware.

IBM Innovation Centers is the Hursley in the United Kingdom, Moscow, Paris and Stuttgart, Germany will act as hosts for the program.

Red Hat will provide technology and support services. IBM will provide access to its centers for a variety of development and support services.

“ISVs are migrating their applications to Linux in ever-growing numbers,” said Alex Pinchev, executive vice president for global sales at Red Hat, in a statement. “Red Hat is accelerating these efforts in Europe and in developing markets such as Russia by offering technology and services at the Linux ISV Certification Centers.”

IBM said that more than 6,500 software applications have been developed using Linux on IBM software. Of those, two thirds came from corporate developers, the other third from independent software vendors.

According to IBM, it now has 4,700 partners utilizing Linux-enabled IBM applications.

“IBM is committed to a non-proprietary, multi-platform approach to implementing open standards,” said Lesley Norris, director of ISV and developer relations for IBM Europe, Middle East, Africa. “Linux is central to this strategy and our collaboration with Red Hat ensures that Business Partners can benefit from our joint commitment to open source solutions.”

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