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Red Hat and Global Knowledge Partner to Deliver Training and Certification Nationwide for Linux-Based Operating System

Largest Independent IT Training Provider to Offer Linux-based Operating System Courses and Red Hat Certified Engineer Program Nationwide

DURHAM

Red Hat, Inc., a leading developer and provider of Linux-based operating system (OS) solutions, today announced that Global Knowledge, the world's largest independent IT training company, will provide Red Hat's hands-on, real-world training and certification nationwide for Red Hat Linux, including the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) program.

Taught by RHCEs with considerable internetworking experience, Red Hat's certification program offers more than traditional, multiple-choice written exams and "paper certifications." RHCE Certification requires success on performance-based practical exams, in which users actually demonstrate ability to: install and configure Red Hat Linux, set up common network (IP) services, perform essential administration, diagnostic tests and troubleshooting, among other internetworking and systems administration tasks. Red Hat courses are available for the entire RHCE certification track, at levels appropriate for both beginners and networking professionals looking to migrate to open source solutions and build or expand their experience with Linux-based operating systems.

"Global Knowledge's technical expertise in UNIX and internetworking, understanding of the value of open source software and worldwide reach makes them a tremendous partner for Red Hat Linux users that need a close and credible training provider," said Tim Buckley, senior vice president and COO at Red Hat, Inc. "The addition of nationwide availability of Red Hat's industry-leading training and certification program continues our mission to provide complete software, training and support for enterprise corporations using or migrating to open source software solutions."

Under the partnership, Global Knowledge will begin offering Red Hat Linux courses in 15 cities nationwide. The first courses will be available starting in September 1999. Information on these courses, which are the same highly-successful offerings currently taught at Red Hat's North Carolina headquarters, is posted at www.redhat.com/products/training.html and www.am.globalknowledge.com.

"Network and system administrators who want to learn the Linux-based systems, further develop their internetworking skills and achieve Red Hat's highly-credible certification have been asking Global Knowledge for this offering," said Greg Roels, vice president at Global Knowledge. "We're responding with the highest quality, real-world Red Hat Linux training for today's internetworking, Internet and e-commerce professionals."

Global Knowledge has the ability to make Red Hat's RHCE training and certification program to individuals and businesses on a broad scale, and maintain the intensive, hands-on quality we have built into the program," said Peter Childers, manager of training at Red Hat, Inc.

About Red Hat, Inc. Founded in 1994, Red Hat is based in Durham, N.C., where it is a leader in the development of Linux-based open source operating system solutions. Red Hat Development builds the most accessible and advanced Linux-based operating system available anywhere with technical innovations such as RPM and the disk druid installation tool. Red Hat Linux is available for Intel, Compaq Alpha and Sun SPARC platforms.

Red Hat Linux was named InfoWorld's Product of the Year for three years in a row, was given a Productivity accolade in Software Development's Jolt Awards, was named an Environment/Desktop finalist in the Ziff-Davis European Excellence Awards, won the editor's choice awards from the Linux Journal and Australian Personal Computing magazines, and won the "Just Plain Cool" award from Australian Personal Computing magazine. At March's LinuxWorld Expo, more than 8,000 members of the open source community voted Red Hat a "LinuxWorld Favorite." Red Hat Linux recently won a Product Excellence award from Software Development Magazine.

About Global Knowledge Network Global Knowledge Network of Burlington, MA., the world's largest independent information technology education company, generates and manages competence for individuals and organizations of all sizes through its worldwide training delivery system. Components of this system include:

  • Education Services hands-on classroom training and certification;
  • Enterprise Services consulting and project management for medium and large corporations; and
  • Knowledge Products a wide range of self-paced, technology-enhanced learning programs, including online delivery.

Global Knowledge's courses feature an exclusive "hands-on, real-world" approach developed by the American Research Group, which the company acquired in 1997. Additional information on the company is available on the World Wide Web at home.globalknowledge.com.

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About Red Hat

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at http://www.redhat.com.

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