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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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What else has held back OpenStack adoption?

I think it has developed a lot slower than people thought. Back when Linux was developed, it was this thing that kind of emerged out of nowhere and the vendors didn't get on board until later.

I think the vendors, bluntly, all got on board too early in OpenStack and so people wanted to try to deliver OpenStack out to customers because they didn't want to be late, and it was software that you would call early alpha software, not even beta. People were delivering things that just weren't mature enough.

So I think some customers stubbed their toe. Now we've gotten to a point where we don’t have that problem anymore because it's reached the level of maturity.

 
 
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