Red Hat’s annual “Summit” is under way in Boston, and the Linux software developer will cap the event by naming its “Innovator of the Year” on Friday.

The top innovator will be selected from award winners in six categories:

  • Delivered Value: Nortel, for early adoption and long-term use of Red Hat Network Satellite Server. The company manages approximately 2,000 machines via its RHN Satellite Server and uses it to update and patch Red Hat Enterprise Linux running on Nortel’s internal networks.
  • Optimized Systems: Infoplex, an IT managed-service provider in Australia. The firm uses Red Hat Enterprise Linux to help run storage, disaster-recovery and managed hosting.
  • Superior Alternatives: Booz Allen Hamilton, a strategy and technology consulting firm, used Red Hat products and services to design a new solution for a federal government client that would support an increasing volume of data. Booz Allen replaced closed-source-based solutions with Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Platform with virtualization capabilities, Red Hat Global File System, Red Hat Cluster Suite, Red Hat Satellite Server, JBoss technology, including Metamatrix, and Red Hat Global Professional Services. JBoss is a Red Hat subsidiary.
  • Creative Use: Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems and IBM for developing a first-of-its-kind, open-architecture environment for use in design of a “total ship computing environment” in Zumwalt-class destroyers.
  • Extensive Ecosystem: Freedom OSS, a professional services firm, worked with Dun & Bradstreet to consolidate application infrastructure that included more than 2,000 servers. The solution includes Red Hat Enterprise 5 with virtualization capabilities, JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and red Hat Global File System.
  • Enhanced Security: Likewise Software partnered with Red Hat to launch an audit and authentication solution.