Red Hat Announces Finalists in Fourth Annual Innovation Awards

Raleigh

United States, June 16, 2010

Winners selected for innovative use and technical achievement with Red Hat's platform and middleware open source solutions

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the finalists in its fourth annual Red Hat and JBoss Innovation Awards. The awards are designed to recognize the outstanding use, innovation and extension of Red Hat's platform and middleware solutions by customers, partners and the open source community. From the finalists, one Red Hat Innovator of the Year and one JBoss Innovator of the Year will each be selected via online voting, and announced during the Red Hat Summit and JBoss World in Boston on June 25, 2010.

The Red Hat and JBoss Innovation Awards finalists are recognized in four separate categories. In addition, a fifth category recognizes a finalist that is deploying a combined solution from Red Hat's platform and middleware portfolios. Each Red Hat Innovation Awards category winner will be provided with complimentary admission to the 2010 Red Hat Summit and JBoss World, where they will be recognized at an awards ceremony in a general session for both Red Hat Summit and JBoss World attendees.

The 2010 Red Hat and JBoss Innovation Awards winners in the following categories include:

Optimized Systems

  • Red Hat: LifeSpring Hospitals

    LifeSpring Hospitals, is a growing chain of maternity hospitals providing affordable, high-quality healthcare to low-income women in India. Through its network of medium-sized (20-25 beds) hospitals, its goal is to provide safe, clean and affordable maternity services. LifeSpring Hospitals was selected for standardizing on Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Platform with integrated virtualization to build a high degree of collaboration amongst its member hospitals, improve service delivery to customers and facilitate systems to increase productivity and responsibility. With Red Hat Enterprise Linux, LifeSpring Hospitals has been able to lower IT costs, simplify management and significantly reduce downtime.

  • JBoss: Travel Channel

    Travel Channel, was launched in 1987 and is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive. Travel Channel is available in more than 95 million US cable homes (Nielsen Universe Estimate, August 2009) and is a place for consumers to satisfy their urges to go, see and do. Travel Channel was selected for its implementation of JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and JBoss Operations Network to manage and monitor its website in an effort to ensure that visitors have positive experiences with no downtime or viewing difficulties. Travel Channel used open source solutions to enhance risk management and capacity planning, increase throughput and application availability.

Superior Alternatives

  • Red Hat: Citigroup

    Citigroup, has approximately 200 million customer accounts in more than 140 countries. Through Citicorp and Citi Holdings, Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services and wealth management. Citi was selected for its operating platform migration from its own Linux Standard Operating Environment (SOE) and Novell SUSE Linux to standardize on Red Hat Enterprise Linux across both x86 servers and IBM System z hardware platforms.

  • JBoss: State of Tennessee

    State of Tennessee Office of Information Resources (OIR),provides direction, planning, resources, execution and coordination in managing the information systems needs of the State of Tennessee. OIR is a division within the Department of Finance & Administration (F&A) and serves State agencies, departments and commissions. The State of Tennessee nomination was selected for its migration from proprietary application server to JBoss Enterprise Application Platform on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The migration resulted in substantial savings on hardware and licensing costs for new deployments, increased performance, stability, reliability and availability.

Extensive Ecosystem

  • RedHat: BNZ

    BNZ,a subsidiary of the National Australia Bank Group, has helped individuals, farmers and businesses with their financial goals for nearly 150 years. BNZ was selected for its migration of a proprietary platform on Intel and Sun SPARC servers to Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM System z10 in order to move closer toward their goal to become carbon neutral by September 2010, and to create a disaster recovery solution. Using Red Hat Enterprise Linux along with Red Hat Network Satellite, Oracle database, ESB, Process Server, TX and MQ, BNZ was able to reduce its carbon footprint for its customer facing systems by 30 percent.

  • JBoss: Nationwide Mutual Insurance

    Nationwide Mutual Insurance,based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. The company provides customers a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto insurance, motorcycle, boat, homeowners, life insurance, farm, commercial insurance, administrative services, annuities, mortgages, mutual funds, pensions, long-term savings plans and health and productivity services. Nationwide was chosen for its deployment of JBoss Enterprise Application Platform deployed on Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Oracle DBMS and the Azul Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

Carved Out Costs

  • Red Hat: Just Dial

    Just Dial,is a leading search company in India that bridges the gap between buyers and sellers by helping buyers find the right providers of products and services, while helping sellers improve the efficiency of their marketing channels. It caters to over 25 million unique users spread across 240 cities in India. It also offers its services via Voice, WAP and SMS. Now Just Dial is also launched in America on 1-800-Justdial. Just Dial was selected for its migration from a Microsoft DOS-based client server system to a web-based system powered by Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Just Dial was able to increase the flexibility and decrease IT and licensing costs by migrating from proprietary software to open source solutions.

  • JBoss: The Administración Nacional de la Seguridad Social (Anses)

    The Administración Nacional de la Seguridad Social (Anses),Anses is a decentralized government agency within the scope of the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security of the Government of Argentina. Anses was selected for its design of Business Rules Generation Assistant (APRN, for its Spanish acronym) running on JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, JBoss BRMS and JBoss Data Services Platform. Anses' APRN is designed to help the organization to seamlessly adapt its systems when new government laws are passed, to proactively simulate the economic impact of implementing such laws and to eliminate loopholes in scenarios where new laws do not indicate what to do, without negatively affecting transactional systems. With more than 50 applications in production, Anses is creating initiatives to support its business with open architectures, and moving away from closed legacy systems that cost more than two million dollars to operate yearly.

Outstanding Open Source Architecture

  • Union Pacific Corporation

    Union Pacific Corporation ,is one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, is one of North America's premier railroad franchises, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States. Union Pacific Railroad was selected for its migration of its legacy mainframe environment to a Red Hat Enterprise Linux-based virtualized distributed IT infrastructure. The company also utilized JBoss Enterprise Application Platform in an enterprise Java-hosted environment.

"This year's submissions truly reflect the capabilities of Red Hat's platform and middleware solutions to help Red Hat customers achieve innovation and technology leadership while solving their business problems," said Lee Congdon, CIO at Red Hat and 2010 Innovation Awards judge. "I was impressed to see so many examples of how customers, partners and the community are using Red Hat solutions to reach their technology and business goals."

For more information on the Red Hat and JBoss Innovation Awards, or to read the winning submissions and vote for the Innovator of the Year, please visit http://www.redhat.com/innovationawards.

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