Date: Wed, 31 May 2000 11:19:34 -0400 From: Greg Smith
To: Subject: Red Hat Training Surges FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information: Melissa London Bryan Scanlon or Maribel Lopez Red Hat, Inc. (East) Schwartz Communications for Red Hat (919) 547-0012 (781) 684-0770 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org RED HAT TRAINING SURGES More than 4,000 Graduates in the Past Six Months Applaud Red Hatís High Value Hands-on Training and Certification Programs Research Triangle Park, N.C.--May 31, 2000--Red Hatģ, Inc. (Nasdaq: RHAT) the leader in open source Internet infrastructure solutions, today announced that over 4,000 engineers have completed Red Hatís Training and Certification program. Since the inception of formal training and certification programs in December 1998, over 4,200 people have come through Red Hatís training courses including executives from Yahooís Broadcast.com, Solar Systems Networks and Consolidated Telephone Co. Red Hat Services and select training partners, including Global Knowledge and IBM Global Services, administer the popular Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) course series, which is a hands-on, real-world training experience that harnesses the power of Linux in the enterprise. Red Hat training and certification is available at over 200 training centers worldwide. "The greatest benefit of Red Hatís training is that itís truly hands-on, even the test at the courseís conclusion," said Lee Heath, technical staff for Yahooís Broadcast.com and RHCE graduate. "By the end, I hadnít just learned how to optimize my Linux experience, but I had earned the real-life experience as well. The RHCE course taught me about the Linux tools I needed to be more productive, and was comprehensive and appropriately difficult." Red Hatís certification program is taught by experienced RHCE-trained engineers and offers more than traditional, multiple-choice written exams and "paper certifications." RHCE certification requires success on performance-based practical exams, in which users actually demonstrate the ability to: install and configure Red Hat Linux, set up common network (IP) services, and perform essential administration, diagnostic tests and troubleshooting, among other Internetworking and system administration tasks. Red Hat courses are available at levels appropriate for both beginners and networking professionals looking to migrate to open source solutions and build or expand their experience with Linux- based operating systems. "As a Field Manager for Solar Systems Networking, Inc., every day I analyze and make decisions to meet my clientsí growing network infrastructure needs. By attending Red Hatís RHCE program I am able to confidently review my clientís Linux needs and provide them with the best of breed decisions as well as educate my staff," said Darrell T. McGuire, vice president of research and development for Solar Systems Networking, Inc. and RHCE graduate. "I was impressed with the level of human networking that Red Hatís RHCE 300 class provided as well as quality of information and the large attendance of excited, qualified engineers who were eager to learn." "At Consolidated Telephone Co., all of our servers run on Red Hat Linux. I took Red Hatís RHCE to learn more about Linux," said Paul Davis, manager of Internet activities for Consolidated Telephone Co. and RHCE graduate. "My instructor for Red Hatís RHCE was outstanding. He demonstrated excellent knowledge of the material, along with the ability to convey his knowledge to his students. I would love to learn more about Linux, and wish the class lasted longer than a week." About the Red Hat Certified Engineer Program Taught by RHCE-trained engineers with considerable Internetworking experience, Red Hatís certification program offers more than traditional, multiple-choice written exams and "paper certifications." RHCE Certification requires success on performance-based practical exams, in which users actually demonstrate the ability to: install and configure Red Hat Linux, set up common network (IP) services, and perform essential administration, diagnostic tests and troubleshooting, among other Internetworking and systems administration tasks. Red Hat courses are available for the entire RHCE Certification track, at levels appropriate for both beginners and networking professionals looking to migrate to open source solutions and build or expand their experience with Linux-based operating systems. Red Hat Services and select training partners, including Global Knowledge and IBM Global Services, administer the popular Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) course series. According to IDC, IBM Global Services is the worldís largest training provider. The first courses, including the RHCE exam, will be available at IBM Training Centers starting in the second quarter of 2000. Information on RHCE courses is posted at http://www.redhat.com/explore/training.html, http://db.globalknowledge.com/catalog/catcourse.asp?cat=11 and http://www.ibm.com/services/learning/spotlight/linux.html. Open Source Momentum International Data Corp. (IDC) research states that paid Linux shipments grew faster than any other server operating system over the past two years, and their preliminary figures for 1999 show Linux shipments hold 24.6 percent of the server operating system market, up from 15.8 in 1998. IDC also states that Red Hat Linux is by far the most popular distribution, preferred by 68.7 percent of U.S. Linux users. Research firm Netcraft, Inc. (www.netcraft.com), states that as of May 2000, 36 percent of all public Web sites run on Linux-based operating systems, making Linux the most popular choice for deploying public Web sites. IDC research shows 40 percent of all spending on Linux servers is for Internet related applications, firmly entrenching Linux servers in the Internet infrastructure. Finally, IDC predicts that by 2002, there will be more than 55 million handheld and notebook-style information appliance devices and that by 2005, shipments of these appliances will exceed shipments of PCs. Red Hatís numerous alliances with industry leaders and the demand for Linux- based applications has created open source support from many of the industryís leading software and hardware manufacturers, including Compaq, Computer Associates, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Netscape, Novell, Oracle and SAP. About Red Hat, Inc. Founded in 1994, Red Hat (Nasdaq:RHAT), is the leading provider of open source Internet infrastructure solutions, ranging from small embedded devices to high availability clusters and Web serving. Red Hat applies its technological leadership to create open source solutions for Internet infrastructure and post-PC environments, offers services backed by the best understanding of open source and the most comprehensive resources, delivers the brand of a widely trusted open source leader and corporate partner, and persists in an indelible commitment to the virtues of open source to lead a revolution in the computing industry. 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