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Red Hat CEO: We Have A ‘Head Start’ Over VMware, Competitors In Kubernetes

Red Hat CEO Paul Cormier speaks with CRN about the role IBM has played in Red Hat’s channel strategy, how the company has preserved its independence under Big Blue, and why Red Hat will win in the ultra-competitive Kubernetes market.

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Red Hat’s New CEO

After 19 years at Red Hat, Paul Cormier, employee 120 and longtime product chief, ascended to the top job at the open-source software giant.

But plans for the traditional world tour taken by new CEOs looking to confab with customers and partners were clipped by a global pandemic—Cormier took the helm of Red Hat as he and most other employees were working from home and grounded from travel.

While the coronavirus crisis limited his ability to meet-and-greet and was replaced by virtual platforms, Cormier, who previously was responsible for roughly 60 percent of the company as president of products and technologies, already knew almost every facet of Red Hat’s business and had deep relationships with the ecosystem.

Cormier spoke to CRN last week about the role IBM has played in Red Hat’s product, go-to-market and channel strategies; how the company has preserved its independence under Big Blue; and why Red Hat will win in the ultra-competitive Kubernetes market.

 
 
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