Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst to Deliver Keynote Address at Federal IT on a Budget Forum

Raleigh

United States, May 18, 2009

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that President and CEO, Jim Whitehurst, will deliver the keynote address at the Federal IT on a Budget Forum on May 21, 2009 in Washington, D.C. The Federal IT on a Budget Forum will explore how government agencies are using open source, virtualization, cloud computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) to create new funding within existing budgets, and how the cost savings realized from IT reinvention can empower our nation to realize the vision of a 21st century government.

During a period marked by economic uncertainty and increased demand for IT, open source has the opportunity to meet the Obama Administration's call for increased transparency, participation and collaboration in government operations. In his keynote address, entitled "Answering the Call for Transparency in Government: The Open Source Opportunity," Whitehurst will discuss government interest in the adoption of open source solutions and will share his vision of how the open source model can meet the IT demands of today and provide a means for developing and solving problems faster, better and at a lower cost.

WHERE: Federal IT on a Budget Forum

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, D.C.

WHEN: Thursday, May 21, 2009, 8:15-9:15 a.m. ET

Answering the Call for Transparency in Government: The Open Source Opportunity

For more information on the Federal IT on a Budget Forum, visit www.meritalk.com/federal-it-forum/.

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