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IBM President Jim Whitehurst’s 10 Boldest Remarks From Best Of Breed Virtual 2020

“I come from the airline industry,” said Whitehurst. “They say planes don’t have rearview mirrors. If you’re moving forward, it doesn’t matter what’s behind you.”

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Red Hat vs HPE

Whitehurst said he’s read up on HPE Ezmeral, a platform packaging Kubernetes with machine learning technology acquired through BlueData and a file system from MapR.

The platform “sounds quite compelling,” he said.

“The problem with that is the capability of taking open source software and delivering an enterprise-grade product and supporting that over a long period of time is difficult.”

“If you haven’t built the engineering capabilities in those projects to be able to take a version and support it through a lifecycle, you run into all kinds of support and stability issues.”

“The technology roadmap is littered with people who say, oh, I’m going to take this open source stuff and I have support people who get it. But they haven’t brought in large teams that are upstream contributors engaged in those projects. They’ve never been successful.”

 

 
 
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