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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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How has Red Hat helped mature OpenStack?

A lot of people kind of got out early on with immature technology. And you can't stop that, it's open source. But now you have a [Red Hat] distribution that everyone can certify to. We life cycle, the same thing we do with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It becomes much easier to put it into production use and so we're seeing a significant uptick now in OpenStack.

For a large enterprise, it has a whole set of applications where you know their performance characteristics and therefore can have economic reasons to run them on-premises, or regulatory reasons. OpenStack is the default alternative for that.

 
 
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