Rackspace’s Carl Thompson Named 2015 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year

Open source solutions provider, Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT), has announced that Carl Thompson, principal architect at managed cloud hosting provider Rackspace, has been named the 2015 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year. The award honors a Red Hat Certified Professional who demonstrates ingenuity, hard work, and expertise.

Carl Thompson was recognized for his thought leadership, problem-solving, and innovation – traits which enabled him to use his status as a Red Hat Certified Architect to design a unique Red Hat Satellite infrastructure at Rackspace. The Red Hat award will be presented to Mr. Thompson at Red Hat Summit 2015, taking place June 23 – 26 in Boston.

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“To be named 2015 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year is a fantastic honor,” said Carl Thompson, principal architect, Rackspace.

Red Hat Satellite would provide an easy-to-use system management platform that enables Rackspace to keep their Red Hat systems running efficiently and securely. The managed cloud hosting company manages more than 40,000 globally distributed Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems. Mr. Thompson devised a Red Hat Satellite environment that would make it easier to manage this extensive array with minimal downtime.

In addition, Thompson wrote a complete remote procedure call application programming interface to the Red Hat Network portal. Portal access enables Rackspace support engineers to use Red Hat Satellite more flexibly and automate tasks such as new server registration, patch deployment, and rolling point upgrades. This has reduced the time it takes to deliver servers to customers.

“To be named 2015 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year is a fantastic honor,” said Carl Thompson, principal architect, Rackspace. “I have worked with Red Hat Enterprise Linux in one form or another since the mid 1990s and obtained my first Red Hat certificate in March 2007. Since then, I have completed more than 12 certifications and continue to work on more. Working with Red Hat and the certification program has been a truly rewarding experience and I would like to extend my fondest gratitude to Red Hat for selecting me to be the Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year.”

For the last 16 years, the Red Hat Certification program has had a single, important goal of building and validating skills through a program with rigorous, hands-on and performance based testing. The certifications would help system administrators, application developers, and IT architects advance their careers. Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) and all the programs that followed establish benchmarks for what an IT professional should know when using Red Hat technology.

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