Hill AFB is Red Hat Innovator of the Year

Hill Air Force Base, Utah, this month was elected Red Hat Innovator of the Year for its Project Bonfire deployment of Red Hat Enterprise Linux in an online poll conducted by Linux vendor Red Hat.

Hill AFB was one of six innovation award winners in specific categories, receiving Red Hat's Innovation in Government Award, and was then selected as overall winner in Red Hat's first annual award contest. The award recognized Hill AFB's deployment of a Red Hat Linux operating system for the base's 18,000 end users, which information technology staffers completed with minimal disruption, said Red Hat and base officials.

The Linux operating system cost the base just 2 percent of the operating system it replaced and eliminated system crashes that were costing the base as much as $1 million an hour, according to base officials.

Other category winners in the contest include DST Health Solutions in the Joint Red Hat/JBoss Deployment category; Warner Music Group for the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Implementation category; ProQuest CSA in the Increased Return on Investment category; McKesson Provider Technologies for the Ecosystem category; and Comcast in the Emerging and Leading Edge Technologies category.

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