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Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that attendance at its EMEA Partner Summit 2010, which took place in Valencia last week, topped past years’ participation. Delegates at the three-day conference attended product and strategy updates, technical workshops, knowledge-sharing opportunities, and, for the first time, participated in onsite certification opportunities as part of Red Hat’s industry-leading certification program.
In addition to the conference agenda, Red Hat honoured a select group of partners from across the EMEA region with awards; recognising their successes and commitment to the Red Hat partner ecosystem. A new award category, The Stronger Together Award, was introduced to celebrate partners which not only contributed to greater customer satisfaction, but also are effectively paving the way to a wider use of Red Hat solutions in the enterprise. The following categories and winners were recognised at this year's event:
Distributor of the Year : Copaco, Netherlands
Infrastructure Partner of the Year : Kelway, UK
Middleware Partner of the Year: Viada GmbH, Germany
Stronger Together Award 1 : Bull, France
Stronger Together Award 2 : Obsidian, South Africa
Independent Software Vendor of the Year : SEP, Germany
said Hubert Schweinesbein, Director Partner Sales EMEA, SEP AG.
Summit delegates were updated on the latest developments for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and how it can be deployed in an open source stack. Additionally, partners heard from experts on how to develop new routes to markets and extend their solutions with Red Hat's solution portfolio. Attendees also discussed the positioning of open source software and how Red Hat support services can help increase their value proposition when interacting with customers.
During the Summit, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst addressed attending partners during his keynote called The Open Source Opportunity, where he shared his vision of how open source is meeting the demands of IT today and providing a faster, better and lower cost alternative to proprietary software models. He also highlighted the widespread adoption of cloud computing, which together with virtualization, represents one of Red Hat’s key strategic areas.
Scott Crenshaw, Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Computing Business Unit at Red Hat, delivered his keynote entitled Cloud Computing: Transforming Information Technology. Mr. Crenshaw remarked: “Cloud computing is changing the IT landscape and Red Hat is helping more enterprises move to the cloud. Red Hat is working with its partners in an effort to reduce business risks associated with cloud computing. Harnessing the cloud’s operational flexibility requires a secure, scalable and robust foundational virtualization layer and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is emerging as one of the enterprise-class products of choice for cloud adoption.”
said Jeremy Comley, Head of marketing, LinuxIT Europe Ltd.
Red Hat’s JBoss Enterprise Middleware portfolio has emerged as an enterprise standard for building, deploying and integrating applications. The middleware sessions enabled partners to learn how the JBoss Open Choice application platform strategy provides the greatest level of flexibility for application developers. Partners looking for help accelerating their business attended sessions demonstrating JBoss Enterprise Middleware as the foundation for Platform-as-a-Service and cloud-based computing.
said Daniel Braunsdorf, CEO, Viada GmbH.
said Petra Heinrich, VP, Partners & Alliances, EMEA at Red Hat. “Our partners and customers are taking advantage of the opportunities presented by cloud computing, virtualization and middleware to present more efficient ways to reduce costs, drive innovation and improve business agility.”
Red Hat will continue its commitment to its partners at the co-located Red Hat Summit and JBoss World, June 22-25, 2010 in Boston, MA, USA. Additionally, the next Annual EMEA Partner Summit will be hosted in the spring of 2011, please visit www.redhat.com/partners for up-to-date information.
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