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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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Red Hat has also gotten very involved in the Docker ecosystem. Can container tech disrupt OpenStack?

No, containers is application-level impact. Microservices. But the reason I say no, when we go have a conversation about containers and OpenShift, our container platform, after we've gone through the benefits, do you land that on OpenStack or do you land that on Amazon or VMware is an implementation detail. It's an important detail, but it's almost a separate discussion. They're operating at a very different level. They're two separate opportunities.

We have customers running OpenShift on OpenStack, but we also have a lot of customers running OpenShift on VMware or anywhere else. I don’t see those necessarily as bumping into each other. The layers work pretty cleanly right now.

I think customers want that to happen to because you want to have application portability across public cloud and your on-premises infrastructure, and that requires a level of abstraction.

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