Red Hat, Inc. (NASDAQ: RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, today announced the second annual Red Hat Government Users Conference on Nov. 8, 2006, in Washington, DC. Open source integration, security, service-oriented architectures (SOA), and storage will be the top priorities on the agenda at the 2006 conference as users from defense, civilian agencies and other areas of the federal government meet to share new strategies for maximizing the capabilities of Linux and open source technologies.
The event, hosted by DLT Solutions, is designed to help government and academic end-users meet their specific needs and find the right solutions as the prevalence of open source solutions in the public sector continues to surge. In a June 2006 report, IDC's Government Insights unit predicts that the Linux share of the U.S. government's enterprise server market will rise from 11.6 percent in 2004 to 15.2 percent by 2009.
"Government agencies at all levels are applying secure open source platforms to manage complex information systems and more effectively deliver services to citizens," said Paul Smith, vice president of Red Hat's government sales operations. "The Users Conference is designed to address the particular challenges faced by government as well as academic institutions."
At the Conference, held at the Reagan Building and International Trade Center, attendees will discover open source advancements across broad topics like virtualization, security, and developer tools; gain a deeper understanding on specific technology areas like storage, clustering, SOA, and identity integration; and try tools that can help better manage Linux systems in the Test Drive Lab.
In afternoon keynote remarks at the conference, Michael Tiemann, open source software pioneer and Red Hat's vice president of open source affairs, will provide perspectives from his recent paper, "Software Industry vs. Software Society: Who Wins in 2020?," discussing the lasting affects of the open source community not only on increased software development capacity and better quality software but as a sustainable model for revolutionary innovation.
The opening keynote will include remarks from Smith and Rick Marcotte, CEO, DLT Solutions, as well as presentations from HP and Intel. IBM will sponsor a secure computing panel during one of six breakout sessions at the conference. Other featured speakers include Pierre Fricke, director of product management for Red Hat's JBoss SOA products, Brian Stein, engineering manager of emerging technologies at Red Hat, and Rob Kenna, senior product manager, Red Hat Cluster Suite, GFS, and Storage.
As a premier government solutions partner, DLT delivers unparalleled customer service with superior expertise in core product areas and a first-hand understanding of the applications and technology needed to make operations more efficient. Since 1991, DLT's focused approach has allowed the delivery of top-notch technical and configuration assistance, and fast, flexible ordering.
For more information about the 2006 Red Hat Government Users Conference, please visit: http://www.dlt.com/rhguc/
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