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IBM CEO Arvind Krishna: ‘Win-Win-Win’ When Partners, Customers, Big Blue Work Together

‘[Partners] all make a lot of money by helping our clients deploy these technologies—and by these technologies, it is Red Hat, it is automation, it is AI, it is cybersecurity, it is even mainframe and power and storage in some cases,’ IBM CEO Arvind Krishna tells CRN ahead of the company’s Think conference.

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On Red Hat And Hybrid Cloud

Red Hat is absolutely essential and core to our strategy. Not just the hybrid cloud, I say to our strategy.

Red Hat gives us a platform on which we do two things. One, it is the base of the hybrid cloud because Red Hat runs on the public clouds and it runs on-premises and on private clouds.

Second, we have taken all the IBM software and optimized it for the Red Hat OpenShift platform. So now it becomes—we have written things once and we can deploy them anywhere that a client wants.

But more than that, I mean, when we think about developer productivity, and we think about security, and we think about how to keep an operating system and a platform secure, as opposed to a client having to download 60,000 pieces of open source and then worry about is it all patched, is it all correctit—it gives us a great entree into the whole world as people are looking for productivity and they’re looking for enterprise strength. So those three dimensions.

Iit is the hybrid cloud platform that goes across multiple public and private. It is the base on which all IBM software is delivered. And three, it is a basis on which our clients are doing their own digital transformations, given all the capabilities I talked about. … Red Hat is a company that helped bring—how do you take the innovation of 60,000 or 600,000 people, but put it into a way that the enterprise can digest through the products that they bring to market?

And I’ll mention just three—Red Hat Linux, Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Ansible. I think those are three great examples, but among many more, that Red Hat has used to bring great innovation and capability to enterprise clients.

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