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Red Hat’s CIO On COVID-19, Cloud And Being A Big Red Hat Customer

‘When there’s a shock to the system, it really serves as a leveling mechanism to how people operate,’ Red Hat CIO Mike Kelly tells CRN.

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Red Hat CIO On Maintaining IT Operations Through Crisis

Large technology companies like Red Hat weren’t exempt from the unprecedented IT challenges brought on by the coronavirus crisis.

But the open source software giant, a subsidiary of IBM, was well-prepared to cope with the pandemic’s disruptions thanks to a preexisting work-from-home culture, a longstanding hybrid approach to infrastructure, adoption of multiple public clouds, and an agile development environment built on its own OpenShift Kubernetes platform.

“When there’s a shock to the system, it really serves as a leveling mechanism to how people operate,” Red Hat CIO Mike Kelly explained to CRN.

Red Hat took that shock in stride—not needing to change much to maintain IT operations.

The ease with which Red Hat adjusted to the challenges of the outbreak can serve as a lesson to companies that had delayed their digital transformations.

“I don’t envy those folks,” Kelly told CRN.

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