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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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The Fourth Platform

IBM and Red Hat have dubbed the approach to infrastructure they’re advancing in the market, one that seamlessly spans public clouds and private data centers, “the fourth platform.”

“I think we’ve identified an opportunity that enterprises in general are going to have to consume services from a lot of different clouds. Different clouds have different services. They’re going to have to use different ones. And they’re going to have things on-premises that are going to stay on-premises for regulatory reasons or cost reasons or just data gravity reasons.”

“And so, there’s a need for kind of a horizontal infrastructure that cuts across all of those. And so, we call that the fourth platform. And it’s basically a fabric that lays down across on-premises and public cloud.”

“When you think about laying down an infrastructure layer, no individual company does that by themselves. Infrastructure layers are ecosystem led by definition.”

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