Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Jorge Juarez Acevedo, an IT manager with Banco Azteca, has been named the 2014 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year. Juarez Acevedo was recognized for leveraging his Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA), Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE), Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator (RHCVA), and Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist (RHCDS) certification skills to enable the Red Hat solutions in use at Banco Azteca and add business value for the company. Banco Azteca is one of the largest banks in Mexico, and has operations in Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, El Salvador and Brazil. With more than 6.8 million savings accounts, Banco Azteca offers payroll systems, personal loans, credit cards, as well as car loans. The Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year Award recognizes a current Red Hat Certified Professional who demonstrates ingenuity, hard work, and expertise. Red Hat received submissions from Red Hat Certified Professionals around the world, sharing innovative and outstanding stories around enhancing IT environments with their Red Hat certified skills. Juarez Acevedo stood out for overseeing several key Red Hat solution projects for Banco Azteca. Juarez Acevedo was first introduced to Red Hat Enterprise Linux four years ago when Banco Azteca consolidated multiple existing platforms – including Sun Solaris, HP UX and AIX – and standardized on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Upon successful completion of the UNIX to Linux migration, Juarez Acevedo helped Banco Azteca realize tangible benefits for their day to day operations. Additionally, Juarez Acevedo was responsible for migrating several application server technologies in an effort to move from disparate IBM Websphere, Sun One, Oracle Application Server, and Apache Tomcat deployments, to a standardized Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform deployment. He also successfully oversaw the migration of Banco Azteca's authentication platform to Red Hat Directory Server.