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.
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.