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Keynote Speakers Announced for Red Hat's 2013 Government Symposium

Sessions and speakers will discuss the role of open source technology in responding to mission-critical demands

RALEIGH, N.C., October 18, 2013 Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that officials from the Department of Homeland Security, National Security Agency, Department of Veterans Affairs, and NASA, as well as senior leaders from Autonomic Resources and Lockheed Martin, are scheduled to speak at the annual Red Hat Government Symposium. The event will be held Nov. 6, 2013, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

This annual event will bring together more than 350 government IT and business professionals to discuss how open source technology is driving innovation and assisting federal agencies in meeting the demands placed on them by the Office of Management and Budget. Attendees will be welcomed to the 2013 Symposium by Red Hat’s executive vice president of Global Sales and Services, Arun Oberoi.

Keynote speakers scheduled for the Red Hat Government Symposium include:

  • Major General Nick Justice, Retired Commanding General, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
  • Ben Balter, government evangelist, GitHub
  • Bryan Sivak, CTO, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Robert F. Brese, CIO, Department of Energy
  • Curt Dukes, deputy director, Information Assurance Directorate, National Security Agency

In addition to the keynote addresses, the Symposium will feature panel discussions on topics ranging from managing OpenStack and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds; to changing application delivery with OpenShift by Red Hat, Red Hat’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering; considerations and best practices in consuming government cloud services; middleware platforms for integration and BPM; big data as a service; and security. Hands-on, technical labs will cover OpenShift by Red Hat, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, and Red Hat JBoss BRMS.

“Technology innovation is occurring at a rapid pace and government agencies are in a fight to stay in control of their own technology futures and avoid lock-in,” said Paul Smith, vice president and general manager, U.S. Public Sector, Red Hat. "Open source software is a driving force behind public and private clouds. It enables government agencies to address these challenges and is also driving many of the government’s most significant technology initiatives, involving compute, networking, storage and big data. The Red Hat Government Symposium gives our customers and partners an opportunity to discuss these initiatives, network and share best practices for driving technology innovation in their agencies.”

Platinum sponsors of the Red Hat Government Symposium include Carahsoft, DLT Solutions, Hortonworks, and IBM.

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