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HP and Red Hat Enterprise Linux - Updates, services, and renewal

A Red Hat renewal subscription is more than just software. Your subscription provides ongoing updates, service and support to help you deploy open source technology and to ensure your systems remain secure and reliable. To continue receiving the benefits of your subscription each year, you need to renew your subscription.

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Value of your subscription

Why Subscriptions?

Red Hat believes the subscription model is the most effective way to deploy, manage, and secure open source technology. It's a perfect complement to the rapid innovation of the open source model.

In the traditional method of software delivery, upgrades were costly, access to help was limited, and there was little incentive to improve the software between upgrades. The balance of power rested on the side of the vendor.

For Red Hat, the subscription model allows us to develop and deliver technology as its released, based on customer feedback. And to provide unlimited support over the life of an agreement. To create an actual relationship between the company and the customer before there's a problem. This is low-cost, high-value computing. It starts with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux

The corporate Linux standard, certified by top software vendors like Oracle, VERITAS, SAP, etc. Red Hat Enterprise Linux features enhanced enterprise performance and an extended release cycle. It is the rock-solid foundation for the open source enterprise.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions feature:

Red Hat Network - Provides administrators with the tools to efficiently manage the systems on their network. It also features a modular design--as networks grow, administrators can add enhanced capabilities for system updates, management, and provisioning of their entire infrastructure..

Support - Deploy Linux with confidence. As part of the software support packages from Services, you'll receive responsive telephone software technical support from our highly skilled support technicians, as well as maintenance updates and patches via the Red Hat Network. Some other features of our Linux support service include: instant access to the latest Red Hat Linux ISO standards, priority download access for errata and ISO standards, priority notifications as soon as errata and new products are released, and 24x7 Web access.

Training - We feature the world's most respected Linux training. Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) has become the standard by which other IT certification programs are measured. Certification Magazine, Computer Reseller News, CertCities, TechRepublic--all have ranked RHCE as one of the 10 top IT certifications in a range of categories. We now also offer Red Hat Certified Technician and the master-level Red Hat Certified Architect certifications. HP is a certified reseller of Red Hat Certification Training.

Consulting and custom engineering - Red Hat staff many of the world's top consultants in Linux and open source technology. Red Hat Professional Services offers a range of consulting engagements, from the complete Linux migration to focused, client-directed engineering and software customization.

Together, these solutions create a standard enterprise platform with the quality you expect from open source and expert Red Hat services to back it up.

Why should you renew?

Your Red Hat software is licensed under the GPL which means you can keep using the open source code regardless of whether your subscription is active or expired. However, there are many benefits to keeping your subscription active:

  • Keep your systems secure - Red Hat quickly provides the latest security patches, all extensively tested.

  • Access support you can trust - Deploy confidently with the backing of the Linux experts at Red Hat.

  • Automate everyday maintenance tasks - Save time and become more efficient by using Red Hat Network to manage your systems.

  • Get the latest software faster - Always tested and ready to go.

  • Grow your technology infrastructure responsibly - Subscriptions are an easier, more efficient way of growing your infrastructure.

How do you renew your subscription?

There are two ways HP customers can renew their Red Hat subscription:

1. Contact your channel or sales representative to renew your subscription.

2. Renew online if you would like to extend your subscription purchased from HP, simply log into the HP's support agreement manager (SCA) portal.   Once you have selected your geography, you can use SCA you can review, revise and renew your support agreement online, anytime.   If you're a first time user for SCA,  check out the demo!

Let the Open Source experts help you

Supporting Linux and open source solutions is Red Hat's business. By keeping your subscription active, you can continue to count on Red Hat to test the latest patches, release new security updates, provide technical support, and work with ISVs to certify their applications. Count on Red Hat as your partner. Spend time running your business, not worrying about whether updates will cause deployment problems.

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