LONDON Thales computer operations has entered into a hardware partner agreement with Red Hat. Under the agreement, Thales will deploy Red Hat Enterprise Linux software in embedded defense systems and will also act as a reseller for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and other Red Hat solutions when specific defense and security markets are serviced by the Thales group.
Thales (Toulon, France) provides integrated PowerPC and Pentium-based VME and cPCI COTS embedded solutions to OEMs and system integrators.
Alain Albarello, General Manager of Thales’ computers activities, said, “Associating Red Hat and Thales, this agreement is the first of its kind to bridge business-critical Linux technology with proven expertise of long-term program requirements found in defense and security applications. In the embedded market where the COTS user needs to manage multiple suppliers to solve complex support issues, this type of partnership builds the foundation from which more integrated long-term support services between suppliers can be built.”
In addition to being afforded preferred pricing, the partnership allows Thales Computers to offer several levels of support depending on the customer’s needs, including full platform support where a product’s computer hardware, software and the operating systems are maintained as a single entity by Thales, backed up by Red Hat third level support experts.