Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Deepak Advani, general manager of Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure at IBM, will be this year's premier sponsor keynote speaker at Red Hat Summit 2014. 2014 marks the 10 th anniversary of IBM’s role as the premier sponsor of Red Hat Summit, the industry's premier open source technology event, April 14-17, 2014, in San Francisco. Currently, Advani oversees the overall vision and direction of IBM’s Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure division, known for the software and technology which founded and are at the core of IBM’s Smarter Planet Initiative. As the business’ leader, Advani focuses on both the expansion of the business and its technological advancement, continuously seeking new ways to use innovations in analytics, mobile, cloud and cognitive computing to build more sustainable and intelligent buildings, enterprises, cities and organizations. Prior to his current role, Advani owned the strategy and product development mission for IBM’s business analytics portfolio and had P&L responsibility for the Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics segment. Advani also was the first Vice President of Linux Strategy at IBM. Red Hat and IBM are longstanding partners, both deeply committed to enterprise open source. For more than 14 years, Red Hat and IBM have collaborated to drive innovations that benefit enterprise customers, including enterprise Linux and Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), the leading open source virtualization technology for x86 hardware. Since Red Hat hosted its first Red Hat Summit in 2004, IBM has served as the annual conference’s premier sponsor. At Red Hat Summit 2014, Advani will join an impressive lineup of keynote speakers, including Padmasree Warrior, chief technology and strategy officer, Cisco; Sam Greenblatt, vice president and chief technical evangelist, Enterprise Solution Group, Dell; Steve Bandrowczak, senior vice president, Global Business Services, HP; and Douglas W. Fisher, corporate vice president and general manager, Software and Services Group, Intel. With 18 hands-on labs and nearly 200 sessions, including speaker participation from more than 30 customers, Red Hat Summit 2014 will feature three days of content showcasing the latest developments across infrastructure and systems management, cloud computing, operating system, virtualization, middleware and storage. Additionally, there will be a focus on emerging technologies like mobile and big data. Attendees will also be able to hear how other organizations, including Boeing, Barclays, PayPal and Scholastic, are solving IT challenges in 10 customer panels and 14 customer sessions.