Red Hat expands open source market in eastern Europe


Red Hat expands open source market in eastern Europe

Antony Savvas

Red Hat has opened an open source software support and research centre in Serbia to help expand the open source market in south eastern Europe.

The centre has been opened in collaboration with Vienna-based IT services outsourcer VDEL and IBM.

The centre is located at Vrsac, and will provide open source support, development and educational services to customers, partners and developers throughout the region.

As part of the Red Hat Premium Support Partner programme, the centre will service Red Hat's customers in Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia.

The centre will be managed by VDEL. The initiative is a result of a project initiated in 2005 by the University of Belgrade to create an incubator for new technologies.

The project was established as part of a development programme created by the Ministry of Science and Environmental Protection in Serbia. The first incubation project was started in February 2006, when IBM, Red Hat and VDEL jointly opened the Linux Innovation and Education Centre in the Faculty of Organisational Science in the University of Belgrade.

This initial project provided the education, training and certification on Red Hat and IBM technologies that provided the necessary skills for the opening of the new centre at Vrsac.

IBM will provide the new site with access to its technologies and knowledge-base, enabling the site to eventually offer support for IBM open source solutions.

The decision to select Vrsac was based on the city’s geographical location, multi-ethnic and multicultural environment, existing infrastructure,qualified resources, and the growth potential of the Serbian market and the surrounding region.

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