Tip of the Red Hat to Hill AFB

Hill Air Force Base, Utah, has won Red Hat Innovator of the Year honors for its Project Bonfire deployment of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The award was the result of an online poll conducted by Linux vendor Red Hat.

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

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

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

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