Red Hat hits back

Red Hat today hit back at the pricing war initiated by Oracle involving the enterprise open source vendor’s support customers.

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Red Hat today hit back at the pricing war initiated by Oracle involving the enterprise open source vendor’s support customers.

It used its website to publish a response to questions raised by the announcement made by Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison yesterday that his company would lure Red Hat Linux enterprise support customers away with its own support package priced at less than half of what the open source vendor currently charges.

Bob Tarzey, Quocirca senior analyst told CIO: “This is a typical vendor tactic, and an old software trick to win customers away from a competitor. But at another level it could be seen as Oracle trying to gain more ownership of the enterprise software stack.”

Red Hat stated that Oracle’s aggressive move, touted by Ellison as a way to drive Linux adoption in the enterprise, would not affect its seven-year relationship with the database giant. But it did say that any customer taking on the Oracle offer would invalidate hardware and software certifications, split the Red Hat Linux operating system, produce slower security updates from Oracle and so compromise the security and reliability of the operating system for any customer that switches.

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