The Red Hat Enterprise Applications suite, to be announced Monday, begins with portal server software to run customized Web sites and content management software for publishing information on such Web pages. The products run atop Red Hat's Enterprise Linux products and like the operating system, are supported through the Red Hat Network.
IBM, Microsoft and Sun also have been increasing their emphasis on higher-level software, a move that can be used to win new revenue while driving shipments of the operating system. Red Hat's chief revenue source is its, which it sells in subscription form for as much as $2,499 a year.
European retailer Carrefour and Germany's postal service Deutsche Post use Red Hat's Content Management System, Red Hat said. Dunkin' Donuts' northeast division is using that software and Portal Server to run its distribution center, the hub of a network that supplies 1,500 franchises with inventory and distribution information.
Red Hat's expansion into higher-level software began with its content and collaboration managment products. Another part of the expansion came through the 2001 debut of the ., which created the Stronghold version of the e-commerce software in 2001. Acquiring software and employees from the gave rise to Monday's new applications, formerly called Red Hat's
And the expansion will continue. Red Hat declined to comment on what new members will be arriving in the Enterprise Applications family, but one likely candidate is server software that can run Java programs.
In an interview last week, Red Hat Chief Executive Matthew Szulik said Red Hat is evaluating options for Java support. One possibility is the, but that possibility is hampered by squabbling with Sun Microsystems over .
"We would prefer to go at that marketplace with (Sun's) support," Szulik said. "It would help legitimize the offering to the enterprise buyers."