Red Hat announces 13-city EMEA tour

Werner Knoblich, Vice President and General Manager for EMEA, Red Hat

Red Hat last week announced that it is set to host a 13-city tour of one-day events throughout Europe and the Middle East.

The firm said that it hopes to share strategies and practices on transforming enterprise IT architecture using open-source technology, and migrating from physical to virtual and cloud solutions.

The tour will kick off on April 3 in Moscow, Russia, Red Hat said in a statement. It will then run through Poland, France, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Germany and Switzerland, before reaching Abu Dhabi for the Middle East event on April 22. Four more stops in Italy, the U.K., Holland and Turkey will follow.

The vendor said that the events will feature keynotes from “senior” Red Hat officials and partners. The speakers will explain that, in today’s economy, the companies best poised to succeed will be those which better understand their customers, connect with customers through social media and mobile channels, and provide new, innovative products and services quickly.

Red Hat believes that companies can leverage open-source innovation to do this.

“What was once cutting-edge proprietary enterprise computing has quickly become expensive legacy infrastructure,” said Werner Knoblich, Vice President and General Manager for EMEA, Red Hat.

“Migrating mission-critical applications onto more scalable, flexible, cost-effective, open-source systems can make great business sense. Businesses spend years and millions of dollars developing IT infrastructure and, more often than not, have the common goal of leveraging existing investments in order to avoid rip and replace.”

Naturally, Red Hat will offer show visitors lessons in how to deploy its own Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution, OpenShift.

Visitors will also be welcomed to break-out sessions advising on migrating mission-critical applications to a standards-based infrastructure, rethinking highly available data centres, moving to an open-business platform to drive innovation and dynamic data centres, Red Had said.

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