RALEIGH – Red Hat will partner with SAP, one of the world’s largest software providers, in a sales push for enterprise Linux-based solutions in Russia.

Red Hat (NYSE: ) and SAS will work with VDEL, a major red Hat distributor in Central and Eastern Europe.

The enterprise network products have received security certification from the Russian government. Red Hat is the only Linux provider to earn Russian certification.

“The high level of security built into Red Hat Enterprise Linux is one of the many reasons that government departments with high security requirements choose Red Hat Enterprise Linux as a basis for their IT infrastructure,” said Werner Knoblich, vice president and general manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Red Hat. “With this recent certification, Red Hat can more effectively assist customers to confidently deploy and run their SAP applications for which VDEL provides local support.”