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IBM CEO Ginni Rometty’s 5 Biggest Statements At The Red Hat Summit

‘Working together is the right word. Coming together is not necessarily the way I would describe this,’ IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said about the acquisition during a keynote with Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst at the Red Hat Summit. ‘Jim and I have both agreed—Red Hat should stay an independent unit.’

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Why Now, Why Red Hat?

Whitehurst: Why now, why Red Hat? What did you see in open source that said that now it's important to not just partner in this, but to actually be the leader in open source?

Rometty: Over its long history, you have built a wonderful company … and maybe even more important, a wonderful culture, and a culture about open. I think it's important to pay tribute to what you have done in taking it to this point. I think what brought Jim and I together, as we’ve talked about it over a good period of time, was we both saw an even bigger opportunity in front of us. There’s many joint clients and many not joint clients in the room, and this opportunity that there's so much what I would call ‘mission-critical work’ that can still yet move to the cloud. And to get there, it means all these different islands—whether it's public clouds, private clouds, traditional—you've got to have some way to modernize and connect all those pieces together. And the timing in our mind is really right.

You now have … a fabric in what you guys have built, what will continue to be built. Linux is key, but then you've got Kubernetes, containers that are really going to form what I think is a standard for the world to do this. So the ‘why Red Hat now’ is those things have really all come of age. I think the opportunity is right in front of so many clients. It’s a problem, they want to address this. And it isn't just to move everything to the cloud. It depends where data has to be, where you're at. There's lots of reasons you're going to end up with an environment that's hybrid, and there's a great way to pull more innovation in. So, to me, the timing is exactly right for this now. It's kind of a chapter two for lots of clients, and the technology and the demand for open is so strong. I think what we and you and I would both like to see is … OpenShift be the platform that allows people to take their innovation, get more of it and put it wherever they want to put it.

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