Red Hat Announces Plans for New Facility in Boston

Red Hat selects location in Boston’s Seaport District for new world-class facility; Boston facility will house a new Executive Briefing Center, Red Hat Open Innovation Labs, and Red Hat Engineering Lab to showcase and advance open source innovation


Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today unveiled plans to expand its footprint to Boston. At its new facility, located at 300 A Street in the Fort Point neighborhood of Boston’s Seaport District, Red Hat plans to bring open source to life in new ways, with a world-class Executive Briefing Center, the first U.S. east coast location for Red Hat Open Innovation Labs, and a new Red Hat Engineering Lab. The facility is expected to open in mid-2017.


By choosing to expand and establish a global showcase location in our city, Red Hat further reinforces Boston's reputation as a thriving hub for talent and technology. 

Martin J. Walsh

Mayor, City of Boston

Red Hat, which was recently named one of the world'smostinnovativecompanies by Forbes, has a long history in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with its existing 175,000 square foot worldwide engineering and product headquarters located in Westford, Mass. The Boston facility will add 40,000 square feet to Red Hat’s footprint in Massachusetts. Boston was rated as one of the worldsbesttechhubs in 2015 by Expert Market, a business consulting firm, and is home to several world-class universities. With its presence in Seaport, Red Hat plans to be an active member of the Boston technology community.

Executive Briefing Center

The Boston facility will feature a world-class Executive Briefing Center that will deliver an innovative, interactive and immersive experience that brings open source innovation to life by showcasing Red Hat’s full portfolio of enterprise-class open source software and creates collaborative experiences that embody the open source approach. Visitors - who are expected to include senior executives from many of the world’s largest and most innovative organizations - will have an opportunity to learn firsthand how open source can drive innovations across industries and understand Red Hat’s initiatives to advance the technology industry with its open source leadership to address customers’ business challenges.

Red Hat Open Innovation Labs

In April 2016, Red Hat introduced OpenInnovationLabs, a residency-based initiative for helping customers jumpstart modern application development and gain the skills and tools to accelerate innovation in the future. Red Hat Open Innovation Labs participants learn how to build and containerize applications on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform while working closely with Red Hat subject matter experts to understand and integrate DevOps approaches and methodologies. Red Hat's new Boston facility will be the first U.S. east coast location for Red Hat Open Innovation Labs and its largest facility to date.

Red Hat Engineering Lab

As an expansion of its worldwide engineering and product headquarters in Westford, Mass., Red Hat’s new Boston-based Engineering Lab will focus on research and new development around emerging open source technologies in a collaborative development environment designed to foster and accelerate open source-based innovation. With Boston's vibrant high tech communities and renowned universities, this facility will provide a state-of-the-art environment for research and development. Co-locating the Engineering Lab with Red Hat Open Innovation Labs will provide a unique opportunity for collaboration and joint development between Red Hat engineers, customers, and partners.

Supporting Quotes

Martin J. Walsh, mayor, City of Boston

“I am excited to welcome an innovation leader like Red Hat to the City of Boston. By choosing to expand and establish a global showcase location in our city, Red Hat further reinforces Boston's reputation as a thriving hub for talent and technology. I look forward to collaborating with Red Hat as they contribute to our local economy as a community partner and engaged member of our business community."

Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies, Red Hat

“The IT industry is transforming, and much of that transformation is rooted in open source. Our facility in Boston will be designed to give open source innovation a global stage and help drive the next wave of open source engineering advancements and customer initiatives. Boston is home to one of the world’s most dynamic tech communities and students coming out of its world-class universities have grown up on open source and Linux. We are excited to bring Red Hat to Boston to help foster the next generation of open source talent through collaboration with the city’s universities and keep Red Hat at the forefront of innovation through the projects we plan to house there. I’d like to thank Mayor Walsh and his office for their support as we identified the home for this exciting facility.”

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