Red Hat and JBoss Build on Partner Programme with Second Annual Red Hat EMEA Partner Summit in Malta

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United States, February 20, 2009

Exclusive Content and Networking Opportunities available to all Attendees at Europe’s Premier Open Source Partner Event

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Terri Barnes
Red Hat
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Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced today that it will host its second annual Red Hat Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) Partner Summit, in Malta from the 19th to 22nd of April 2009. Ecosystem Partners sponsoring the event include Premier Sponsors IBM; Advanced Sponsors Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Ingres, SEP, EnterpriseDB and Zimbra; Standard Sponsors Zarafa, Jaspersoft and Magirus. The Red Hat EMEA Partner Summit is an opportunity for both new and existing partners to maximize their relationship with Red Hat, and for Red Hat to connect with a rapidly expanding partner ecosystem in the EMEA region.

Red Hat EMEA Partner Summit attendees will benefit from exclusive content including; case studies, presented by customer project-leads; keynote presentations from Red Hat senior executives including Red Hat CEO, Jim Whitehurst; networking opportunities and informative sessions. Participants will hear strategy updates and in-depth interactive technology demonstrations as well as session tracks for technology and business specialists. Due to the growth in the number of partners joining Red Hat in the past 12 months, over 700 businesses and partners are expected to attend the partner summit; a significant expansion from last year’s inaugural event.

“The 2nd Annual Red Hat EMEA Partner Summit is an opportunity for us to connect with our partners, share the latest and greatest product information and listen to valuable feedback from this important group”, said Petra Heinrich, Senior Director Partners & Alliances, EMEA Region, Red Hat. “Our partner ecosystem is growing very quickly in EMEA and we want to make sure that these partners are successful with open source and Red Hat.”

The summit will feature a full complement of Red Hat partners which will lead discussions on a range of topics. the Lead sponsor, IBM will demonstrate how to leverage IBM Technologies in combination with Red Hat's full product portfolio. Key topics will include consolidation with Red Hat Enterprise Linux on the Mainframe and Datacenter Optimization. Fujitsu Siemens Computers will demonstrate how Dynamic Infrastructures based on Red Hat can maximize business agility. Partners can make themselves familiar with the Database Solutions from EnterpriseDB and Ingres, the collaboration suite from Zimbra as well as the backup and disaster recovery solutions from SEP. Additionally, Zafara and Jaspersoft as well as Red Hat Distributor Magirus will be present.

In addition to the formal agenda, Red Hat and JBoss’ distributors, system integrators, ISV's, OEM's, resellers and training partners who attend will have the opportunity to share best practice, customer and co-marketing opportunities. The event will provide unrivalled education, business and networking opportunities for partners looking to start or expand their open source business practices.

"As a Red Hat Premier Business Partner, we are looking forward to taking part in extensive partnering activities, face-to-face meetings, collaboration and networking at the partner summit. We know from our experience last year that the connections and information that we'll garner at the event will prove invaluable to our business throughout this year and beyond”, said Dr. Andreas Wintersteiger, Managing Director of Objectbay Software & Consulting Services GmbH, Austria.


“The customized information tracks and ecosystem presentations were very valuable for my team. This year's Summit theme is 'stronger together', and we are looking forward to making the most of leveraging the additional interaction, collaboration and networking elements of the event”, said Mike Trup, Managing Director at Interactive Ideas.

Red Hat’s partners build, optimise and deliver complete solutions to their customers, through their global network of leading hardware, software, and service provider vendors, Red Hat and its partners offer customers a wealth of proven technology solutions that solve real-world business challenges.

For more information on the Red Hat Partner Summit please visit http://www.europe.redhat.com/partnersummit.

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