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DateMonday, December 21, 2009
Author S Kelly

Red Hat's EMEA Partners Go Virtual

  Red Hat Extends Virtualisation Certification to EMEA Partners Ahead of Valencia Meeting in May


The Ciudad de las sciencias building by Santiago Calatrava, is in Valencia, where Red Hat will be hosting its annual Red Hat and JBoss EMEA Partner summit in May                         Open source Specialist Red Hat  has extended its Virtualisation Specialist qualification to its EMEA partner networks just in time for its Annual Partner Summit, which will be held in Valencia, Spain, next May.



The Virtualisation Specialisation is available to partners that have demonstrated expertise in Red Hat's virtualisation offerings at both the sales and technical level.



To gain accreditation  partners need to provide  two customer references for implementation services using Red Hat virtualisation products, and to have proven implementation experience with other virtualisation products and environments. Companies neec to have at least  two Red Hat Certified Virtualisation Administrators (RHCVA), and two Red Hat Certified Virtualisation Salespersons (RHCVSP) to qualify.



Red Hat will be hosting its annual Red Hat and JBoss EMEA Partner Summit in Valencia, Spain from May 2nd to 5th, 2010. The Summit will focus on the value of Red Hat's partner ecosystem and collaboration and will bring together Red Hat and JBoss distributors, system integrators, ISV's, OEM's, resellers and training partners, such as Norway's Redpill Linpro and  the UK's Kelway, two companies which have already seized the opportunity to become Red Hat virtualisation domain experts.



The Virtualisation Specialist partner programme builds on the announcement last month of the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation for Servers, including a stand-alone hypervisor based on KVM technology and server virtualisation management tools.Red Hat's Petra Heinrich, director of Channels and Partners in EMEA said:"We provide specialties within the Red Hat EMEA Partner Program to assist our partners in meeting the demands of their customers".


"As virtualisation continues to be established as an important enterprise technology, our partners are important to the success of implementations and building our footprint across EMEA. This is a great opportunity for the Red Hat channel partners to become leaders in their markets with differentiated, cost-effective virtualisation technology."



Per Andreas Buer, Business Area Manager for Infrastructure Services at Redpill LinproPer Andreas Buer, (Pictured) Business Area Manager for Infrastructure Services at Redpill Linpro, a  Red Hat Virtualisation Specialist focused on the Nordic region  said: "As a long-term Red Hat partner, we continue to evolve and innovate alongside Red Hat and our customers.


"The cost savings achievable by implementing open source software are mirrored throughout the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualisation portfolio and we are pleased to be able to offer counsel and expertise to help our customers meet their objectives in regard to virtualisation."



Graham Layton, Vendor Relationship Manager at UK-based Value-Added Reseller Kelway said: "As an accredited Virtualisation Specialist, Kelway gets access to exclusive tools and support from Red Hat, including marketing materials, local expert help and prioritisation for new virtualisation business opportunities .


"Our business has recently seen a surge of interest in virtualisation and Red Hat is supporting us to maximise on this opportunity,"continued Layton.



Red Hat's extension  of virtualisation expertise certification  into its European partner network  should further benefit customers through  reducing their  hardware and operational costs.


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