Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU) and Red Hat (NYSE:RHT) have teamed up to integrate Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Realtime technologies within Alcatel-Lucent communication products for small and midsize businesses.

The partnership will enable Alcatel-Lucent to further strengthen reliability, scalability, security and stability of its voice, data, mobility and collaboration products. The company will benefit from Red Hat's hardware certification program on its next-generation hardware platforms, and from its extended support, including security updates. Red Hat-based products from Alcatel-Lucent will be available in the first half of 2009.

"By relying on the market leader in open source software and services for our operating system and middleware needs, we can focus our development efforts on delivering innovative ways for fixed and mobile users to communicate and interact with each other — any where, any time, over any access and any device," Tom Burns, chief operating officer of Alcatel-Lucent's enterprise activities, said in a statement.