Success story

Red Hat and Shadow-Soft

Red Hat and Shadow-Soft bring a powerful combination of technology and expertise that help enterprise businesses and government institutions maximize the benefits of open source technologies. By taking advantage of the partnership of Red Hat’s open source software solutions and Shadow-Soft’s integration capability, organizations get greater innovation at less cost—and avoid getting locked into proprietary vendors.

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Smooth the way for Shadow‑Soft clients to take advantage of open source technology, with less cost and greater flexibility.


  • Servers, Storage, and Networking

Red Hat is one of our most important partnerships and this award validates the work we have been doing to help our customers realize the value and flexibility of open source solutions.

Brad Kovacik, Vice president, Commercial sales, Shadow-Soft

Red Hat & Shadow-Soft: The power of open software

In recent years, many enterprises have made the shift from proprietary solutions to open standards and open source technologies. This trend is influenced by reduced costs, freedom from being locked into proprietary hardware, and greater opportunities for innovation through the cloud.

As more organizations depend on open source software for critical applications, demand is increasing for industrial-strength platforms and experienced integrators with a deep knowledge of these technologies.

Well versed in open source

Shadow-Soft’s industry-certified consultants are well versed in open source technologies. They possess the engineering expertise to implement complex hardware systems, storage, and networking technologies including middleware, virtualization, and cloud applications.

“Throughout the years that we’ve worked with Shadow-Soft, they’ve repeatedly proven to be a valuable partner for us,” said Bob Wilson, senior director, North America Channel Sales and Alliances, Red Hat. “Their team understands the power of open source to transform the IT industry through open and collaborative innovation.”

Technology duo grows innovation and shrinks cost

Red Hat and Shadow-Soft offer clients a unique combination of strengths designed to spur innovation while reducing technology platform cost.

Shadow-Soft has reaped success delivering innovative open source solutions and integration services across the entire Red Hat portfolio, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat JBoss Middleware, Red Hat Storage, and Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure. In recognition, Shadow-Soft received Red Hat’s 2014 Commercial and Public Sector Partner of the Year award, demonstrating the highest level of commitment to Red Hat through its client engagements and investments in open source technology.

“Shadow-Soft works diligently with Red Hat to deliver the tools and solutions needed by our enterprise customers to on-ramp to the cloud,” said Mark Enzweiler, vice president of Global Channel Sales at Red Hat.

Brad Kovacik, vice president of Commercial Sales at Shadow-Soft, added, “Red Hat is one of our most important partnerships and this award validates the work we have been doing to help our customers realize the value and flexibility of open source solutions.”

Partners produce world-class solutions for customers

The Red Hat and Shadow-Soft partnership benefits both organizations and their customers. Shadow-Soft integrators have access to Red Hat development tools, training, and technical resources that, in turn, enable them to provide world-class solutions to their customers. Moreover, Shadow-Soft is able to offer its customer base the highest discounts available on Red Hat subscriptions.

As a Red Hat premier partner, Shadow-Soft provides consulting and training services to customers for the entire Red Hat line of solutions, including Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat OpenStack® Platform, and Red Hat CloudForms.

“Open source is key to innovation today,” said Erik Wallin, co-founder and chief operating officer at Shadow-Soft. “Open source offers a wealth of possibilities, and Red Hat is one of the best at making those possibilities a reality.”

Shadow-Soft's awards from Red Hat include:

  • 2014 Red Hat North American Partner of the Year - Commercial and Public Sector
  • 2010 Red Hat Public Sector Rising Star of the Year
  • 2010, 2009 Red Hat Catalyst Partner of the Year
  • 2016, 2015 Red Hat JBoss Middleware Partner of the Year

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