Nominations Open for Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year Awards

Raleigh

United States, February 8, 2011

All Individuals Holding Red Hat Certification Credentials Are Eligible to Submit

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that nominations are open for its annual Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year awards. Red Hat certifications are among the most highly regarded in IT, and the Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year awards recognize and honor the hard work, expertise and ingenuity of Red Hat certified professionals. For the first time, the awards are open to include any individual holding a current Red Hat certification.

"The number of Red Hat certified professionals continues to increase as more enterprises across the globe turn to open source solutions and look to those holding Red Hat certifications to ensure they are getting the most from their Red Hat and JBoss solutions," said Randy Russell, Director of Certification for Red Hat. "Red Hat certifications are earned by passing rigorous practical exams where candidates must perform the real-world tasks required in production environments. We're pleased to once again recognize exceptional Red Hat certified professionals through our Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year awards."

The 2011 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year awards are open to Red Hat certification credential holders including Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA™), Red Hat Certified Engineer® (RHCE®), Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator (RHCVA™), Red Hat Certified Security Specialist (RHCSS®), Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist (RHCDS®), Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA®), JBoss Certified Application Administrator (JBCAA®™) and Red Hat Certificates of Expertise. To be nominated, Red Hat certified professionals must share their story on how they have used their skills to innovate and drive results at their organizations.

Nominations for Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year will be accepted through Friday, March 4, 2011, and four regional winners will be selected by a panel of judges. From these regional winners, one overall Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year winner will be selected by the community of Red Hat certified professionals through online voting. The overall winner will be presented at an awards ceremony at the 2011 Red Hat Summit and JBoss World, taking place May 3-6 in Boston.

For more information about the Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year awards and to submit a nomination, please visit: https://engage.redhat.com/forms/rhcp-of-the-year-2011.

To view last year's winners and read their stories, visit: http://www.redhat.com/promo/summit/2010/awards/rhce/.

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