Red Hat Named #1 IT Vendor For Second Consecutive Year in Japan


United States, May 27, 2008

Red Hat ranked first of 68 nominated vendors in Nikkei Market Access' April 2008 study, following the Company's fourth recognition for vendor value by CIO Insight in December 2007

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that for the second time, its operations in Japan have been recognized as the number one IT vendor that customers intend to conduct business with in the future by Nikkei Market Access' Industry Trends in Intended Use of Products / Services of Major Vendors April 2008 study. This accolade comes on the heels of Red Hat's fourth-consecutive recognition as the leader in vendor value for software by Ziff Davis' CIO Insight Vendor Value study, reported in December 2007.

Red Hat is committed to delivering authentic value to our global customers, said Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO at Red Hat. To be consistently recognized for the quality of the products and services that we offer, now for the second time in Japan and for the fourth time in North America by CIO Insight, is proof that our customers are valued first.

Nikkei Market Access' 2008 study surveyed nearly 3,000 IT workers on their views of service vendors and system integrators. In total, 68 vendors nominated by respondents were assessed. Red Hat Japan ranked first, with 32.6 percent of responses, followed by Japan Oracle with 30.7 percent, e-mobile with 29.8 percent, VMWare with 28.8 percent and KDDI with 27.8 percent. Red Hat was first recognized as the number one IT vendor in Japan by the Nikkei Market Access study in April 2007, gaining 27.5 percent of the respondents' votes.

In December 2007, Red Hat was also recognized for the fourth consecutive year as the leader in vendor value and satisfaction in software by the CIO Insight Vendor Value study, in which CIOs and senior IT executives rank vendors in eight value-based categories. Red Hat ranked first in seven of the eight categories and obtained a customer loyalty score of 97 percent. This recognition was the third time in four years that Red Hat was ranked first overall of all evaluated vendors.

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