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Red Hat's Head Of Products On Competing With Docker, Teaming With AWS And A Container Services 'Renaissance' For The Channel

'We have a very small services organization—our strategy with services is to prime the pump. We want to leave all of that for our partners,' Red Hat's Paul Cormier tells CRN.

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The majority of Red Hat's product news this week seems to be related to containers. What should we take away from that?

Containers are Linux. That's what you should take away. Container technology has been around for a long time. But with hybrid cloud now emerging, containers are now the killer app for hybrid cloud because they really allow you to take the application to the different types of footprints of the hybrid cloud. But having said that, it's Linux, just carved up in a different way … now that you're starting to see it get into production, and being part of customers' hybrid environments, frankly they're realizing it is Linux. And it needs the same security updates, functional updates, support, life cycle, certifications, all of the things that Linux and RHEL [Red Hat Enterprise Linux] gave in the past. You've been hearing so much about it up until now because it is the killer app for cloud. You're hearing so much about it now from us because it's starting to go into production, and now people need it in not a 'play' version anymore, but in a production version.

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