Red Hat expands operations in Sri Lanka

Red Hat (RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, today announced the launch of their Sri Lanka office during a press conference. With this new presence, Red Hat will work to enable the government, education and enterprise market in Sri Lanka, to learn more about open source and how to leverage the full benefits of open source within their organizations. Working with partners in Sri Lanka, Red Hat's goal is to provide a high value, low cost technology to the Sri Lankan market.

"We see a great future for Red Hat in Sri Lanka. Open Source and Linux, have a critical role to play both in advancing the development of Sri Lanka's rapidly growing software industry and in creating the best information infrastructure for Sri Lanka's globally competitive enterprises," said Javed Tapia, Director - Red Hat India. "Governments around the world like China, Brazil and Russia have been adopting open source software to bridge the digital divide and using technology to uplift millions of people through the most secure, scalable and cost effective means. We look forward to closely examining the market's needs to create and deliver the best solutions possible. We will also be working with the universities and educational institutes to increase the open-source skills within Sri Lanka."

"According to Board Of Investment (BoI), the Sri Lankan Government is targeting to achieve US$ 1 billion worth of exports in software and IT services by 2008. We see this as a huge opportunity to support the government’s vision." he added.

With Linux firmly established as a mainstream operating system environment, the open source development model has proven its ability to create competitive and cost-effective solutions. Red Hat is now extending benefits of the model further up the software solution stack — to the middleware, application, and management layers — so open source benefits can be realized across the computing infrastructure.

With an 86% worldwide market share among Linux commercial deployments (source: SG Cowan, 2003), Red Hat has been playing a significant role in increasing the popularity of Open Source technology in India as well. Red Hat’s customer base in India ranges from large enterprises in the manufacturing, banking & finance, government and education verticals.

"While companies turn to open source, they still want reliability, availability of solutions, and low cost of ownership," said Amit Bhoraskar, Head of Alliances, Red Hat India. "With the opening of our Sri Lanka office we will now be able to expand the Linux ecosystem and serve growing interests in the region."

Red Hat has established strong alliances with System Integrator partners like Open System technologies, Visual Computer Systems, DMS Software technologies, etc. and ISV partners like ZILLIONe Systems Solutions and hSenid Software International. "This overwhelming response, even before we set out footprints in Sri Lanka, is a clear indication of the growing acceptability of Linux as an alternative platform," Mr. Bhoraskar added.

Red Hat, the world's leading open source and Linux provider, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with satellite offices spanning the globe. Red Hat is leading Linux and open source solutions into the mainstream by making high quality, low cost technology accessible. Red Hat provides operating system software along with middleware, applications and management solutions. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide and through top-tier partnerships. Red Hat's Open Source strategy offers customers a long-term plan for building infrastructures that are based on and leverage open source technologies with focus on security and ease of management.

Red Hat India Pvt Ltd. is a subsidiary of Red Hat Inc, USA. Having come into existence in December 2000, Red Hat India has been at the forefront of bringing the latest Open Source technology to India. The company has e gained significant momentum in both e-Governance and the Enterprise segment. In a short period the company has grown to set up seven offices in India at Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai and Bhopal. OEM partners include IBM, HCL Infosystems and Acer.


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