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IBM CEO Arvind Krishna’s 10 Boldest Statements From Best Of Breed 2021

IBM CEO Arvind Krishna talked Red Hat integration plans, supply chain issues, partner opportunities, and took aim at VMWare during a Q&A onstage at the Best of Breed Conference 2021.

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Krishna Takes Center Stage

IBM CEO Arvind Krishna has his sights set on doing more business with the channel. In fact, the tech leader wants to double IBM’s channel business over the next four years.

That’s because IBM can’t focus on all the innovation needed on top of its massive product portfolio, Krishna said Monday at the 2021 Best of Breed (BoB) Conference in Atlanta, hosted by CRN parent The Channel Company. That’s where the channel comes in.

Hybrid cloud is the biggest area of opportunity Krishna sees for both IBM and its channel partners. The company is actively competing against others, including VMWare, for cloud computing and virtualization dominance, ever since Big Blue’s acquisition of open-source software leader Red Hat two years ago. And as customers seek out more flexible, multi-cloud solutions that include public and private environments, security becomes an even bigger play for partners.

Krishna talked Red Hat integration plans, supply chain issues, partner opportunities, and took aim at VMWare during a Q&A onstage at the Best of Breed Conference on Monday, moderated by The Channel Company’s Executive Chairman Robert Faletra and CRN News Editor Steve Burke. Here’s what he had to say that solution providers need to know.

 
 
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