The deal is HarvestRoad's first partnership with a Linux provider.
Under the deal, HarvestRoad, which specialises in web publishing software, will become a Red Hat Linux partner. HarvestRoad applications software will be bundled with Red Hat's Linux Server operating system for Australian and Asian markets.
Additionally, Red Hat will provide tier-one support of HarvestRoad's Red Hat Linux installation and promote HarvestRoad within the Linux market.
HarvestRoad will offer enterprise support contracts from Red Hat as an option with its Linux applications and HarvestRoad engineers will be trained as Red Hat Certified Engineers.
Grame Barty, HarvestRoad's managing director, said the agreement is very important for HarvestRoad's growth plans. He said the organisation is hoping to piggy-back on Red Hat's growth in the region.
"This gives us exposure in rapidly emerging markets that we wouldn't get on our own . . . if we want to be a global software company, which we do, we have to have alliances like these."
Barty said India and China are key growth markets where Linux is a popular alternative to the costly licensing model presented by Microsoft. "We're extremely focused on Asian play."
According to Barty, HarvestRoad has been involved in Linux and Unix application development since its formation in 1996.
"HarvestRoad has developed its applications since 1996 to support the Linux operating system and has tools in the marketplace to support the automatic online creation, aggregation and dissemination of content across a virtual community's portal."