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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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Has overall enthusiasm around OpenStack waned?

We're in the trough of disillusionment a little bit.

I think a lot of the really big players, the large OEM types, thought OpenStack is my solution to public cloud. They thought, if I'm going to lose infrastructure to public cloud, this is what I'm going be able to say is an alternative. And OpenStack is not an alternative to public cloud.

Public cloud has a whole set of features and functions and APIs and other things that for a set of workloads may be great, but for a different set of workloads OpenStack makes a lot of sense.

But I think the large hardware vendors who saw a lot of market share shift to Amazon, which was using commodity stuff, saw that as their savior. And it's not. It's not.

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