Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open-source software and services, is urging the Thai government to increase its certified engineers to fuel local data centre growth.
Wong: Thailand’s location is ideal
Damien Wong, the general manager for Asean, said more certified engineers will make it more likely for Thailand to become a regional data centre hub.
An appropriate number of Red Hat-certified engineers should be at least 1,000, but there are only a few hundred at present, he said.
The Malaysian government provides a 100% subsidy to Red Hat for IT professional training and engineering certification fees, while Singapore provides a 75% subsidy.
Red Hat software is used mainly for data centres providing enterprise Linux server operating systems, middleware and cloud management.
Mr Wong said Thailand's geographical advantage for linking with Indochina makes it a likely data centre hub, while its affordable cost for international internet connections is another strength.
Red Hat is moving to expand its global footprint, especially in Asean. The company has a regional office in Singapore and a sales office in Malaysia.
It plans to recruit an additional 600-800 staff in its fiscal 2014 to accommodate strong growth in the region.
International Data Corporation, the global research firm, predicts Thailand's information and communications technology market will grow by 9.8% to US$21 billion this year, fuelled mainly by the government, telecom and banking sectors.
Red Hat was recently appointed by Krungsri Bank to provide middleware software aimed at reducing the investment cost for IT infrastructure installation by five times compared with proprietary software.
Red Hat has recorded 44 quarters of consecutive global revenue growth. It controls 70% of revenue in the paid commercial Linux software market.
Unlike rival proprietary software that does not allow users to see the source code, Red Hat offers open-source software using a subscription model that charges via a licence-based system.
Red Hat makes money from support, training and consulting service contracts with corporate customers using a subscription model.
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