Red Hat Establishes Government Business Unit

Company responds to increasing demand for Red Hat products and services by global governments with a business unit headed up by industry veteran, Paul Smith.

Washington -

Red Hat, the leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, announced that it has selected Paul Smith to lead the company's new Government business unit as Vice President, Government Sales Operations.

Red Hat has experienced great traction with Linux in governments world-wide since the launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux in 2002. Today in the U.S., every cabinet-level department and hundreds of state and local governments across the country are running open source software. Red Hat U.S. government customers such as NOAA, DOE, GSA, FAA, DHS/FEMA, PTO and the Defense Department have identified Red Hat Enterprise Linux as a standard platform for server-side applications and workloads including Web, database, network security, high performance computing, and mission critical applications.

Through collaboration with the open source community, Red Hat is leading the way in making secure solutions based on open source affordable and attractive to the mainstream. As a result, government agencies are delivering services more securely and reliably while retaining flexibility to meet future demands and managing fiscal responsibility.

With the next major release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, government customers will further benefit from the first enterprise-ready implementation of Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) a significant innovation to improve network security. SELinux was achieved through Red Hat's collaboration within the open source community and the NSA.

To manage the Government business Red Hat has selected industry veteran, Paul Smith. Responsible for leading the Red Hat's Government business unit globally, Smith brings to Red Hat more than 20 years of experience marketing key technologies to the government marketplace. His experience ranges from management positions in the sale of software solutions to government agencies and systems integrators. Prior to joining Red Hat, Smith was Vice President of Government Operations at VERITAS. During his 5 year tenure, the business unit was the fastest growing vertical at VERITAS increasing from less than $15M to more than $200M. Other experiences include running state and local sales for Netscape Communications and sales organizations at Oracle in the areas of Public Sector, Aerospace and the Department of Defense.

"Governments globally are looking for secure platforms to manage complex information systems and more effectively deliver services to citizens," said Matthew Szulik, Chairman and CEO of Red Hat. "Establishing a new business unit with Mr. Smith at the helm will enable us to serve our government customers well."

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