RALEIGH, N.C.: Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that the Ministry of Electricity & Water (MEW) in Kuwait plans to migrate its datacenter infrastructure from Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 to Red Hat Enterprise Linux. MEW has selected Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the basis for its long-term IT strategy based on the platform’s ease of use, performance, scalability and security, and plans to run its mission-critical systems on the platform.

MEW serves more than 800,000 consumers with a 12 gigawatt power generation grid. Its decision to migrate to Red Hat Enterprise Linux comes as MEW aligns its strategic IT infrastructure to meet Kuwait’s need for increased power capacity. One of the key drivers for the migration is to lower MEW’s total cost of ownership. Red Hat provides a cost-effective infrastructure that helps the company to meet service-level agreements and keep its growing customer base satisfied. MEW plans to migrate its mission-critical systems for its Automated Meter Infrastructure and Geographic Information System, in addition to applications responsible for human resources, business intelligence and customer relationship management.

“Adopting Red Hat Enterprise Linux as a technology platform offers MEW the opportunity to solidify our business continuity,” said Ali AlWazzan, undersecretary for Information Technology at MEW. “With Red Hat Enterprise Linux, we’re offered a valuable subscription model, a robust certified ecosystem and high-performance technology to fit our business needs. With a strong Red Hat Enterprise Linux base, we will additionally be able to investigate future plans to utilize virtualization and cloud computing technologies in our IT infrastructure.”

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Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions and an S&P 500 company, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with over 65 offices spanning the globe. CIOs ranked Red Hat as one of the top vendors delivering value in Enterprise Software for six consecutive years in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value survey. Red Hat provides high-quality, affordable technology with its operating system platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, together with virtualization, applications, management and Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions, including Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and JBoss Enterprise Middleware. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide.

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