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Red Hat CEO Whitehurst On Soaring Stock Success, Open-Source Technologies And Being The 'Last Man Standing' In OpenStack

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst sat down with CRN at the company's North America partner conference to discuss strong financial results and the massive opportunity for the channel around Red Hat's open-source portfolio.

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You just released great Q4 results. What's driving this success?

One thing is that Red Hat has emerged as the leader in OpenStack.

Red Hat, in many ways, is the last man standing. We said in early days that OpenStack is so deeply tied to the operating system that you need an operating system vendor to be able to deliver that, and I think that's what you're seeing now.

We've said that three of four $20-plus million deals this past quarter were OpenStack so we're starting to see some real traction there. We have over 500 customers of material size running OpenStack. We've gone from saying our goal is to emerge as the leader, what we would have said last year, to now I would pretty much declare us the leader. Though I'm not saying we don't have competitors.

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