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Sanjay Poonen On VMware Vs. Red Hat OpenShift: ‘May The Best Product Win’

“I’d like to get to 5,000 customers before [Red Hat does] and we have to go get customers who are undecided about it,” says Sanjay Poonen, VMware’s chief operating officer, in an interview with CRN.

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Poonen Talks Red Hat OpenShift, Zoom Integration And Coronavirus

Sanjay Poonen feels “very good” about VMware’s strategy and position in the Kubernetes and container market compared to its competitor Red Hat OpenShift.

“We will compete with OpenShift but we will do it honorably. May the best product win. I’d like to get to 5,000 customers before they do and we have to go get customers who are undecided about it,” said Poonen, chief operating officer at VMware, in an interview with CRN.

During its recent Red Hat Summit, the company said OpenShift positions Red Hat to lead the hybrid cloud industry with an ambitious cloud strategy centered around Kubernetes with IBM.

“They said there are 1,700 customers of OpenShift after about ten years of working on that project. As we’ve acquired Pivotal Software and Heptio, we feel very good about our strategy,” said Poonen, who is responsible for worldwide sales, services, support and alliances at VMware. “The founders of Kubernetes are Craig [McLuckie] and Joe [Beda]. They are with VMware now. So we feel very good about our mindshare in the Kubernetes community.”

In an interview with CRN, Poonen talks about both competing and partnering with IBM and Red Hat, deeper integration ahead with Zoom and VMware’s innovation roadmap during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

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