Shadow-Soft Earns First Red Hat Catalyst Partner of the Year Award By Helping CIOs Do More with Less

Atlanta, GA (July 19, 2010) – Shadow-Soft, an Atlanta-based Open Source Software (OSS) sales and consulting firm, recently earned the 2009 Red Hat Catalyst Partner of the Year Award at the Annual Red Hat Summit in Boston, MA.  Red Hat’s recognition showcases Shadow-Soft’s commitment and dedication to OSS and Red Hat-based solutions and to furthering Red Hat’s elite partner ecosystem.  More than a plaque and applause, the award confirms the organization’s competencies as it seeks to help customers leverage performance gains and cost savings available with OSS.

Shadow-Soft founders, James Chinn, CEO and Erik Wallin, COO weren’t thinking about awards when they began Shadow-Soft in 2008.  With their shared vision clearly defined, they focused on the emerging Open Source Software marketplace, the value it brings to an organization and how to offer the best of breed OSS solutions.  Against the grain of firms tightening their reins, Wallin and Chinn have now positioned themselves as the “go-to” experts in Open Source.

“Red Hat’s Catalyst Program aligns perfectly with Shadow-Soft’s business direction allowing us to engage more broadly and deeply with our customers looking for open source alternatives,” says Wallin.  “The Red Hat Catalyst Program was designed to connect the community of Red Hat partners and customers, to offer marketing resources and to fuel innovative solutions.  By focusing on this consultative, comprehensive client approach, we were able to triple our Red Hat sales in 2009.”

Open Source Software, has moved beyond the early adopter phase and now more and more enterprises are leveraging affordable and robust open source technologies.  Enterprise hardened and supported, OSS is a proven solution set that is scalable and often times more easily interfaced than traditional, proprietary, high-priced solutions.  And while savings is the primary impetus for most Open Source converts, many others make the move to achieve added functionality, better interoperability and flexibility.  Shadow-Soft’s competencies lie in helping today’s CIO in business, government and education realize these benefits through OSS solutions.

Chinn adds, “When you meet clients’ needs, growth comes with it.  By leveraging open source, companies are able to accomplish more while spending less, which is particularly important in today’s economy.   By drilling down to the real needs and challenges of the organization, we are able to help craft affordable, customized solutions.  Utilizing this approach, we’ve built an Open Source practice that spans a wide variety of application verticals including Infrastructure & Virtualization, Middleware, Database, Email & Collaboration and Identity Management & Authentication, just to mention a few.”

Likewise Software, another Shadow-Soft partner, comments on Shadow-Soft’s ability to resell their Open Source solutions and implement Likewise for mixed environments:  “Our partnership with Shadow-Soft helps us with the growing demand in the enterprise marketplace for educating customers on how to address the authentication needs of organizations with mixed networks — securely integrating Linux, Unix, and Mac with Microsoft Active Directory,” said Tracy Lothringer, director of Strategic Alliances at Likewise.  “Shadow-Soft’s end-to-end Open Source and consulting practices combined with our enterprise-class identity and access management technologies enable customers to quickly, easily and inexpensively tie together diverse networks.”

About Shadow-Soft

Shadow-Soft was founded in 2008 by IT professionals James Chinn and Erik Wallin.  The company is dedicated to Open Source Software, Cloud Computing, and other market disruptive IT technologies.  Shadow-Soft delivers real world enterprise solutions and consulting services by harnessing the power of Open Source, SOA and Cloud Computing to deliver proven business value for its customers.  In addition to Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Shadow-Soft has built its business by working with such core technologies as Zimbra Collaboration Suite, JBoss Enterprise Middleware, Terracotta Java Performance solutions, EnterpriseDB, the Postgres database and Likewise Identity Management and Authentication.  Their commitment to the Open Source Software movement is coupled with consulting services and hardware partners.  To discuss upcoming projects or to receive additional information on Shadow-Soft, visit their website at or contact them at or 770-546-0077.


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