Red Hat, a leader in developing, deploying and managing open source Internet infrastructure solutions, today announced the appointment of Dr Malcolm Herbert as Director, Academic Business Development. Dr Herbert has over 10 years' experience in Information Communications Technology (ICT) and joins Red Hat from Becta (British Educational Communications and Technology Agency), the main UK Government agency in this area.
"Malcolm brings to Red Hat a strong understanding of the education sector and his appointment strengthens our commitment to academia," said Colin Tenwick, VP and general manager, Red Hat Europe. "Linux and open source solutions are extensively used to run core Internet services in other sectors and these technologies have a significant role in developing educational IT resources. Red Hat, as the top provider of open source solutions, will have a key part to play in the takeup of Open Source and it is great to have someone with Malcolm's experience focusing on this sector."
Prior to Red Hat, Malcolm held a number of positions in the education sector. Most recently, he worked as Head of Technology Research and Development at Becta. He has over 10 years experience in Information Communications Technology (ICT), had previously worked in the higher education sector, for the University of Wales, UK. He has been using Linux and Open Source applications for development, teaching and building IT solutions since 1994.
"As schools, community learning centres and other educational institutions acquire
better connecitivity with arrival of affordable broadband access, they are
realising that they also have to develop Internet-based services locally, such as
mail, cache and web servers," explains Malcolm. "Open source provides the most effective and sustainable solutions, as Universities have already realised. Part of my role will be to make Linux solutions more accessible to the rest of the community and I'm looking forward to being a member of the Red Hat team in Europe."
Using Open Source solutions enables institutions to run IT services with a lower
Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) because of the flexibility it allows, in terms of
management, integration with existing equipment and choice of hardware and software
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