Red Hat to Host Third-Annual Government Users and Developers Conference


United States, October 16, 2007

Red Hat Government Users and Developers Conference provides an unmatched opportunity to learn more about emerging trends in Linux and open source solutions

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the third-annual Red Hat Government Users and Developers Conference to be held on Nov. 1, 2007 at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The Red Hat Government Users and Developers Conference, hosted by Carahsoft Technology Corp., is the only event where participants gather under one roof to share new strategies for maximizing the capabilities of Linux and open source technologies in government with the Red Hat development team, hundreds of government users, open source innovators and technology partners.

The adoption of open source technology continues to be one of government's hottest computing trends. This fast-paced, one-day conference is designed to keep Red Hat users, developers and IT professionals from the Department of Defense, civilian agencies, academic institutions and other areas of federal, state and local government agencies on the cutting edge of the innovative applications and open source integration. New and experienced users alike can choose from 12 sessions and in-depth tutorials, exploring open source advancements across broad topics like Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), data service management and security. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of emerging technologies, hear customer case studies on some of the most successful government migrations to open source-based solutions and gain hands-on experience with tools that can help better manage Linux systems. The wide range of sessions, tutorials, speakers and sponsors epitomizes this year's conference theme, Innovate. Integrate. Succeed.

The use of open source solutions in government is pervasive, and its adoption continues to gain momentum, said Paul Smith, Red Hat's vice president of government sales operations. Our Government Users and Developers conference provides an opportunity to discuss the flexible, stable and secure solutions government agencies rely on to deliver improved services to their constituents.

During the morning keynote session, Don Pearson, executive vice president at e.Republic and group publisher of Government Technology magazine, will give a presentation titled, Open Source Open Government: Open Source Software in Public Sector Service Delivery.

In the afternoon keynote at the conference, Isaac Christoffersen, David Schillero and Christopher Dale from Booz Allen Hamilton will highlight the evolution of a client's traditional two-tier application into a high-performance, message-oriented system with the capability to process large volumes of heterogeneous data in a near real-time manner. Using a virtualized SOA solution, the team has implemented high-availability, fault-tolerant and load balancing strategies to significantly reduce risk and improve overall performance. Other speakers include John Weathersby from the Open Source Software Institute, CareGroup Healthcare System's Rob Hurst, Robert Ames and Doc Shankar from IBM, HP's Paul Moore, Ed Hammersla of TCS and top members of the Red Hat team.

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