IBM to Deliver Red Hat Training and Certification Programs Worldwide

Research Triangle Park

United States, May 15, 2000

The World's Largest Information Technology and Training Provider Will Offer Red Hat Certified Engineer Program at IBM Training Centers Worldwide

Red Hat®, Inc. (NASDAQ:RHAT), the leading provider of open source solutions for Internet infrastructure, today announced an agreement with IBM to deliver Red Hat's leading Linux training and certification program. Under the agreement, IBM, the world's largest global IT training provider, will offer the hands-on, real-world Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) program at IBM training centers around the world.

The agreement, which follows a deal to pre-load Red Hat Linux 6.2 on IBM's Netfinity Servers, broadens the availability of the popular RHCE program worldwide to meet the growing demand for expertise in Linux, the fastest-growing server operating system. The partnership pairs Red Hat's comprehensive Linux training and certification program with the largest information technology company in the world to meet worldwide users' growing demand for open source expertise in today's enterprises. IBM Global Services plans a rapid rollout of RHCE training and certification in all major markets and languages. This effort will be supported through Red Hat's capabilities for RHCE instructor training at Red Hat facilities worldwide.

"We are pleased to have IBM roll-out the RHCE program and become a Red Hat Certified Training Partner worldwide," said Peter Childers, director of training at Red Hat. "With its global reach, strong record for quality IT training, and its growing Internetworking and e-commerce business, IBM can bring Red Hat's innovative training and certification programs to enterprise customers and IT professionals when and where they need it."

"This agreement delivers IT professionals Red Hat's highly-acclaimed certification program right to their backyard and in some of the most advanced training centers in the world," said Carolyn Sparano, business unit manager, Services, Red Hat, Inc. "Time-pressed IT professionals who want to learn Linux-based systems, further develop their Internetworking skills and achieve credible certification now have real-world training conveniently available to help them accelerate the adoption of open source solutions within their organizations."

According to IDC, IBM Global Services is the world's largest training provider. The first courses, including the RHCE exam, will be available at IBM Training Centers starting in the second quarter of 2000. Information on RHCE courses is posted at and

"IBM is very pleased to offer Red Hat's performance-based certification program for e-commerce, systems and network engineers deploying Linux for enterprise systems," said Michael Littlejohn, Americas general manager, Learning Services, IBM Global Services. "The Red Hat certification program adds to our portfolio of high-quality, hands-on, real-world trainingsomething that IBM's worldwide customers have come to expect."

About the Red Hat Certified Engineer Program
Taught by RHCE's with considerable Internetworking experience, Red Hat's certification program offers more than traditional, multiple-choice written exams and "paper certifications." RHCE Certification requires success on performance-based practical exams, in which users actually demonstrate the ability to: install and configure Red Hat Linux, set up common network (IP) services, and perform essential administration, diagnostic tests and troubleshooting, among other Internetworking and systems administration tasks. Red Hat courses are available for the entire RHCE Certification track, at levels appropriate for both beginners and networking professionals looking to migrate to open source solutions and build or expand their experience with Linux-based operating systems.

About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat, the world's leading open source and Linux provider, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with satellite offices spanning the globe. Red Hat is leading Linux and open source solutions into the mainstream by making high quality, low cost technology accessible. Red Hat provides operating system software along with middleware, applications and management solutions. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide and through top-tier partnerships. Red Hat's open source strategy offers customers a long term plan for building infrastructures that are based on and leverage open source technologies with focus on security and ease of management. Learn more:

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