Red Hat Significantly Expands its Industry-Leading Consulting and Services Group

Research Triangle Park

United States, October 15, 2001

Core team of open source consulting and implementation experts join Red Hat from VA Linux, enhancing the industry's premier open source expertise organization.

Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), the leader in developing, deploying and managing open source solutions, today announced that it has completed a significant expansion of its consulting services staff with the addition of the core open source consulting team who had previously worked at VA Linux Systems [Nasdaq:LNUX]. These consulting professionals will join Red Hat immediately and will operate from Red Hat locations around the U.S.

"By supplementing our high-end networking and security experts with these experienced and talented open source engineers and consultants, Red Hat is well prepared to meet the needs of our current and future Global 2000 clients as they migrate from UNIX to open source computing," said Kevin Thompson, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Red Hat.

The open source consulting services target areas where open source technologies can greatly improve the strategic use of IT infrastructure through more effective delivery of business requirements. As part of Red Hat's strategy to provide end-to-end, open source solutions, Red Hat also offers implementation, training and support offerings centered on core Red Hat products, including operating systems, embedded tools, network services, mail and directory solutions, and other Red Hat products and services.

The expansion of the consulting practice enhances Red Hat's ability to offer a full range and depth of services and support, including:

  • Assessment, including risk and security analysis, network infrastructure analyis, cost-benefit analysis, and code and application analysis
  • Infrastructure and large scale implementation expertise
  • Full range of Security services and consulting
  • Software engineering and porting services
  • Open Source graphic engineering and consulting

"In many cases we were already working with Red Hat Linux," said Marty Larsen, former vice president with VA Linux and one of the experts now joining Red Hat, "so we know the tremendous benefits this powerful new way of computing can bring to enterprise class companies in all types of business."

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: http://www.redhat.com

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