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Red Hat Hires Away VMware Exec To Manage Strategic Alliances

Rick Whiting

Scott Musson, previously senior director of global strategic alliances at VMware, will take over the same duties at Red Hat, only with a vice president title. He will be responsible for managing Red Hat's relationships with major system vendors including Cisco, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM, which all sell servers that run on Red Hat's distribution of the Linux operating system.

While Linux remains Red Hat's flagship product, the company has been expanding into virtualization and cloud software and has become one of VMware's chief competitors.

[Related: Red Hat CEO: We've Entered A New Era Of Collaborative Innovation ]

Musson worked at VMware for more than 7 years. Before that his career included positions at Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, Dell and NCR.

Red Hat said Musson and his team would work to develop joint business plans with partners and "develop assets around Red Hat technologies."

VMware has seen a number of executive departures in recent months, including channel chief Scott Aronson who left earlier this year to become vice president of partner sales at a cloud management startup.

Other recent VMware executive departures include channel executive Doug Smith, cloud and application services vice president Jerry Chen, and application platform group executive Tod Nielsen.

PUBLISHED JULY 8, 2013

Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at rwhiting@thechannelcompany.com.

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