RALEIGH, N.C. – Red Hat stepped up its expanded channel and reseller sales program efforts on Monday, this time landing Intel as a partner.

The world’s top chip manufacturer and Red Hat, the top Linux software developer and services provider, unveiled a “global channel acceleration program” at the Intel Solutions Summit tradeshow in San Diego.

Last week, Red Hat also released the latest version of its Red Hat Enterprise Linux product.

News of the Intel deal helped Red Hat stock close up 27 cents at $22.91 on Monday.

The partnership will enable Intel Channel Partners to offer pre-certified Linux enterprise solutions that operate on Intel platforms.

Intel and Red Hat have worked together for several years on Linux application development. To help promote the new program, Red Hat and Intel also launched a Web site.

"Aligning of channel partner programs is something we haven’t done in the past — this is a big step for us," Steve Dallman, general manager of Intel’s worldwide channel, told Computer Reseller News.

The Red Hat-Linux partnership is just the latest step in Red Hat’s efforts to broaden its sales reach through partners such as resellers and systemsintegrators.

The program will be offered free of charge to Intel channel partners.

“This is a very exciting program for Red Hat and Intel,” said Ed Boyajian, vice president and general manager of North American Sales at Red Hat. “With the Global Channel Acceleration Program, Intel Channel Partner Program members can enter the multi- billion Linux market immediately. We’re very pleased about helping Intel’s top resellers grow their businesses with more quality, certified solutions.”

Red Hat-Intel Web site