Shadow-Soft Recognized as Red Hat’s Catalyst Partner of Year and Public Sector Rising Star of the Year

Shadow-Soft has achieved another milestone as a trusted partner of open source leader Red Hat during Red Hat’s Partner Summit in Miami, Florida.  Shadow-Soft’s dedication to Open Source Software (OSS) and Red Hat’s cutting edge technology solutions has yielded the annual distinction as Red Hat’s North American Catalyst Partner of the Year for the second year in a row and North American Public Sector Rising Star of the Year.  Shadow-Soft is the first Red Hat partner ever to win awards in the commercial and public sector sales organizations in the same year.

The 2nd annual Partner Conference, held in Miami, FL at the Eden Roc Resort October 25 – 27, 2011, provided Red Hat partners the opportunity to learn about what next in Red Hat solutions, meet with Red Hat executive leadership, and foster cross-partner collaboration and strategy. 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.

Erik Wallin, Shadow-Soft Co-Founder, states, “We are extremely excited to be recognized with the Red Hat Catalyst Partner of the Year award for the second year in a row,” says Wallin.  “OSS is proving to be more scalable and easily interfaced than traditional, proprietary, high-priced solutions which will be increasingly important as more organizations make the move to the cloud. Like Red Hat, Shadow-Soft’s competencies lie in helping today’s CIO in business, government and education realize these benefits though OSS solutions and we look forward to another record year of growth together.”

“Shadow-Soft had a very impressive year as a Red Hat Public Sector Specialist demonstrating triple digit year-over-year growth, doubling head count, and securing their position as one of our most strategic partners,” says Mike Byrd, Director, Red Hat Government Channel Sales. “I’d like to congratulate Shadow-Soft on winning
the Rising Star of the Year award as well as being recognized as the Commercial Catalyst Partner of the Year.”

In addition to virtualization and cloud technologies, Shadow-Soft is excited about Red Hat’s newest acquisition of Gluster (which was talked about extensively at the conference).  With this acquisition, Red Hat will define a new baseline for how enterprise IT manages the explosion of big data, whether deployed on-premise or spanning into the public cloud regardless of the type of hardware. Red Hat is expanding into a critical part of enterprise infrastructure, enabling it to deliver open storage solutions that protect customer investments as they approach the new era of computing.

NA Catalyst Partner of the Year photo (1)

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, Raytheon’s Security Blanket, and Puppet Labs.  Their commitment to the Open Source Software movement is coupled with consulting services and hardware partners.  To discuss upcoming projects or to receive corporate information on Shadow-Soft, visit their website at or contact them at or 770-546-0077.

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