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Keynote Speakers Announced for Red Hat Government Symposium

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that officials from the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, National Reconnaissance Office, National Security Agency and United States Patent and Trademark Office, as well as speakers from GitHub and Red Hat, are scheduled to deliver keynote addresses at the annual Red Hat Government Symposium. The event will be held on Oct. 23, 2012 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

The one-day event will bring together more than 350 government IT and business professionals to discuss how the freedom of open source can play a pivotal role in meeting the government’s mission-critical IT demands. Red Hat’s Public Sector general manager and vice president, Paul Smith, will welcome attendees to the Symposium.

Keynote speakers scheduled for the Red Hat Government Symposium include:

  • John Britton, Education Liaison, GitHub
  • Dr. Peter Levin, CTO, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • John Marshall, CTO, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Department of Defense
  • Dawn Meyerriecks, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Acquisition, Technology, and Facilities, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • John Owens, CIO, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Dan Risacher, Associate Director for Information Enterprise Strategy & Policy, Office of the CIO, Department of Defense
  • Jill Singer, CIO, National Reconnaissance Office
  • Michael Tiemann, Vice President, Open Source Affairs, Red Hat
  • Neal Ziring, Technical Director, Information Assurance Directorate (IAD), NSA

In addition to the keynote addresses, the agenda features panel discussions on topics ranging from open, hybrid cloud and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), to Linux as a platform for government innovation; virtualization; open, elastic storage; digital government strategy; and security. Hands-on, technical labs will cover Red Hat Storage, JBoss Enterprise Middleware and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0.

“Evolving IT policies and dynamic advancements in technology are changing the way our government serves citizens at every level. As agencies evolve to meet these changes, choice of platform, virtualization and cloud providers becomes critical as it allows agencies to stay in control of their infrastructure and avoid lock-in,” said Paul Smith, vice president and general manager, Public Sector, Red Hat. “The Red Hat Government Symposium gives government and industry an opportunity to share expertise and best practices on how the freedom of open source is delivering this choice and meeting their IT challenges.”

Sponsors of the 2012 Red Hat Government Symposium include Carahsoft, Acquia, Cisco, DLT Solutions, Violin Memory, Alfresco, Arista, August Schell, CollabNet, Emergent, Dell, GC Micro, 10gen, EnterpriseDB, General Dynamics, Shadow-Soft and Vizuri.

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Red Hat is the world's leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at http://www.redhat.com.

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