Red Hat To Recognize Visionary Use of Red Hat and JBoss Solutions in Fifth Annual Innovation Awards

Raleigh

United States, February 3, 2011

Nominations Now Open Across Five Categories

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that nominations are open for its fifth annual Red Hat Innovation awards, which will be presented at the Red Hat Summit and JBoss World, taking place May 3-6, 2011 in Boston. Red Hat customers, partners and the community continue to utilize Red Hat and JBoss products and technologies to creatively address their IT and business needs. The Innovation Awards present an opportunity to recognize and honor organizations driving business value and high performance with Red Hat solutions.

Categories for the 2011 Innovation Awards include:

  • Optimized Solutions: Recognition of striking performance, scalability and/or usability enhancements delivered with open source solutions.
  • Superior Alternatives: Recognition of the most successful migration from proprietary solutions to open source alternatives.
  • Extensive Ecosystem: Recognition of the use of Red Hat or JBoss' expanding partner ecosystem to create innovative architectures based on open source solutions.
  • Carved out Costs: Recognition of customers who have leveraged open source solutions to significantly cut costs and extract added value from existing systems.
  • Outstanding Open Source Architecture: Recognition of the use of Red Hat, JBoss and partner offerings to create innovative architectures based on open source solutions.

Submissions for the Innovation Awards will be accepted until March 11, 2011. Four categories will each recognize two winning submissions, one from Red Hat and one from JBoss, and the Outstanding Open Source Architecture category will recognize one winner who is deploying both Red Hat and JBoss solutions. From these category winners, one Red Hat Innovator of the Year and one JBoss Innovator of the Year will be selected by the community through online voting, and will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Red Hat Summit and JBoss World. To view last year's winners, visit: http://www.redhat.com/promo/summit/2010/awards/.

Each submission will be evaluated by a panel of representatives and industry leaders, including: Julie Bort, editor, Network World's Open Source Subnet; Lee Congdon, CIO, Red Hat; Derrick Harris, editor, Structure blog, GigaOM Network; Tony Iams, SVP & senior analyst, Ideas International; Craig Muzilla, vice president, Middleware, Red Hat; John R. Rymer, vice president and principal analyst, Forrester Research, Inc.; and Dan Woods, CTO and editor of CITOResearch.com who also writes a blog for the CIO Central section of Forbes.com.

For more information, or to submit a nomination for the 2011 Innovation Awards, please visit: http://www.redhat.com/innovationawards. For more information on the 2011 Red Hat Summit and JBoss World, visit: http://www.theredhatsummit.com.

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About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions and a component of the S&P 500, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with over 65 offices spanning the globe. CIOs ranked Red Hat as one of the top vendors delivering value in Enterprise Software for seven consecutive years in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value survey. Red Hat provides high-quality, affordable technology with its operating system platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, together with virtualization, applications, management and Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions, including Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and JBoss Enterprise Middleware. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide. Learn more: http://www.redhat.com.

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