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Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Derek Chan, Head of Digital Operations for DreamWorks Animation, will keynote at the Red Hat Summit in Chicago, Sept. 1-4, 2009. Chan will discuss how DreamWorks Animation has leveraged cloud computing technologies to complete numerous films over the past several years. From the early days of "Antz," "Shrek2" and "Madagascar" to upcoming films such as "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Shrek Forever After" cloud computing technologies have been crucial to providing the compute resources required to create these films.
"DreamWorks Animation has been a trusted partner of Red Hat's for many years and our collaboration has enabled DreamWorks to produce award-winning feature films leveraging open source software," said Paul Cormier, executive vice president and president, Products and Technologies at Red Hat. "Derek has been a key supporter in promoting Linux and open source technology in animation and DreamWorks continues to be a beacon of innovation among its peers in the animation industry, no more evident than now with its utilization of cloud computing."
Chan joined DreamWorks in 1996 and in his current role as Head of Digital Operations he provides strategic vision and planning for the animation studio's computing infrastructure including Systems Engineering, Systems Operations, Technical Resource Management, Hardware Engineering and Virtual Studio Collaboration development. He has been at the forefront of numerous technology initiatives that have enabled DreamWorks Animation to reach unprecedented scale and creative milestones including the transition to Linux and commodity hardware from specialized hardware and software.
"Open source software has been a key enabler of the overall compute infrastructure we rely upon to create our movies. We see a natural convergence of open source-based platforms and cloud computing that will significantly benefit enterprise computing," said Chan. "I look forward to sharing some of our motivations and the key insights we've gained on our journey toward cloud computing and what we believe will be necessary moving forward."
The Red Hat Summit brings together business decision makers, engineers, developers and community enthusiasts from around the world. Attendees will learn about the latest open source advancements from Red Hat solutions and JBoss Enterprise Middleware technologies. For the first time, Red Hat Summit and JBoss World will be co-located this year at the Chicago Hilton.
For more information or to register, please visit www.redhat.com/summit or www.jbossworld.com.
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