Red Hat to open South African office
Linux vendor Red Hat is to open an office in South Africa. Starting Monday Red Hat will have an SA-based country manager who will be responsible for the Southern Africa market on behalf of the company.
Paul Holt, Red Hat regional director, says that Louis Seyfert, previously of EMC, has been appointed country manager for Red Hat.
Red Hat previously had no offices in Africa, preferring to work through local partners. Holt says South Africa and Southern Africa is a market with growing opportunities for Red Hat. “There are very good numbers coming out of South Africa.”
Holt says that Red Hat will be looking to establish a strong channel in the region for all of its products including Red Hat and JBoss. “The public sector is obviously a strong focus for us … with huge potential,” he says, although he stressed that Red Hat will be looking to work with both the public and and the private sector. The South Africa government has a publicly-declared open source strategy.
Holt said the role of the country manager would be to establish a strong channel for Red Hat products in the region and to stengthen relationships with partners in South Africa.
He said that initially there would only be a country manager, but that the company would look at extending this. “There is no point in having just one person in the country. We obviously won’t have a large sales force … so we will work closely with partners.”
Red Hat is also about to open a Dubai office to serve the North African market.