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Red Hat To Launch Directory, Certificate Servers and Xen Plans For Linux

Red Hat will patch some gaping holes in its Linux product portfolio this week by formally launching its expected Red Hat Directory Server and Red Hat Certificate Management System, sources said.

The LDAP server and security products, which will be rolled out at Red Hat Summit beginning in New Orleans Wednesday, are based on assets Red Hat acquired from AOL's Netscape unit last September.

At the summit, Red Hat will also reveal plans to integrate Xen virtualization technology in its open source Fedora project and future Red Hat Enterprise Linux distribution, sources said.

The re-branded Red Hat Directory Server and Certificate Server " to be marketed as part of the company's Open Source Architecture (OSA) " play catch up to more established directory and identity management products from rivals Novell, Sun Microsystems and Microsoft. Yet they are necessary pieces of the puzzle that the Linux company must have to offer a full software stack and match its rivals' product lineup, analysts said.

"It makes a lot of sense to go into these areas of the software stack because everything of an integrated nature in an enterprise centers on directory services and identity," said noted Linux observer and Gartner Group vice president George Weiss. "The technology they acquired from Netscape is of value but how they go to market with it will determine its success. But it would have been a big hole they hadn't implemented it."

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