Red Hat Marks 10 Years of Red Hat Certified Engineers

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Raleigh, N.C. — March 18
Red Hat Inc., a provider of open source solutions, marked a decade since the introduction of its Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) certification. Launched in 1999, the RHCE certification is one of the largest performance-based Linux certification programs. There are almost 38,000 RHCEs worldwide.

The global demand for open source continues to grow and is expected to create increased demand for IT professionals with Red Hat and open source expertise. Hiring RHCEs has allowed some organizations to increase their ratio of servers to administrators, enabling them to be more cost effective in building out their infrastructure without needing to bring on additional resources.

“Linux thrives on the open contributions of enthusiasts and professionals alike, but only a Red Hat Certified Engineer has proven the level of expertise that enables Rackspace to deliver the fanatical support our customers rely on when their business is on the line,” said Mike Roberts, senior Linux technical trainer for Rackspace Support Training Operations.

RHCE certification requires candidates to pass a performance-based lab exam in which candidates must set up and configure a Red Hat Enterprise Linux system. Red Hat’s 10-year commitment to performance-based testing has led to a program earning recognition and awards, the most recent being an IDC survey that identifies Red Hat’s certification and curriculum programs as leaders in the IT industry.

Since launching the RHCE program in 1999, Red Hat has added additional system administration credentials to its portfolio. All credentials are earned by passing performance-based exams conducted on live systems. These credentials include Red Hat Certified Technician
(RHCT), Red Hat Certificates of Expertise, Red Hat Certified Security Specialist (RHCSS), Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist (RHCDS) and Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA).

“RHCE and other Red Hat certifications provide meaningful benchmarks to customers who hire and manage system administrators for Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployments,” said Randy Russell, director of certification for Red Hat. “RHCEs provide value to our customers by managing more systems more efficiently and effectively.”

For the past five years, Red Hat has recognized exceptional RHCEs through its annual RHCE of the Year contest. This contest acknowledges the achievements of RHCEs from around the world who have interesting and motivational success stories. Those selected for the 2009 RHCE of the Year will be recognized at Red Hat Summit and JBoss World 2009 at the Chicago Hilton, Sept. 1 to 4.

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