Business is changing dramatically. Red Hat is changing dramatically. How will business–and IT–keep up?
Paul Cormier, Red Hat executive vice president and president of products and technologies, detailed the future of business and IT in his Wednesday morning Red Hat Summit keynote. He also outlined some “game-changing” products that are being announced here at Red Hat Summit. “Today, every major infrastructure initiative is based on an open source project,” Cormier said. “Think about how different it is than 10 years ago.”
Business and IT are under pressure to innovate. IT must evolve to support new business opportunities. Business is under huge pressure to not only solve problems, but to innovate rapidly—almost immediately. And the only way to do this, Cormier says, it through open technology.
“The cloud would not be here without Linux® and open source software,” Cormier said. “You’ll hear me say that a lot today because it’s true.” We must find a way to bridge the gap between business’ need to provide new ideas and innovation, and the pressure on IT to deliver new services while continuing to do their “day job.” The only way, according to Cormier, is through open innovation.
Being open is not about just seeing source code. You must have open development processes. Interoperability. Shareable resources. Unified management. All this adds up to a true open source development project. And no single person, company, or small group can do it alone.
“Today’s problems can’t be solved by one company,” Cormier said. “This is why open source is thriving.”
Red Hat is changing dramatically
In the last 12 months, Red Hat has made huge strides in putting together a truly open infrastructure stack. And it wouldn’t have been possible without taking some significant “bets,” according to Cormier.
Red Hat’s three big bets:
1. Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® – Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 was a “bet the company” move in 2003. Red Hat changed the model overnight, and, according to Cormier, we “stopped the madness of closed technology.”
2. Red Hat middleware – Red Hat acquired JBoss middleware. “We did this for one reason: we wanted a strong community for developers (built for, and by, developers),” Cormier said. “At Red Hat, development always goes back to the community. It’s in our DNA.”
3. Red Hat® Enterprise Virtualization® – Cormier said Red Hat’s best engineers told him to use KVM, and Red Hat acquired Qumranet so Red Hat could invest in both the community and the product. “Cloud could not exist today without Linux and KVM. Take that to the bank,” Cormier said.
He also outlined how Red Hat has changed, pointing to significant product developments over the last 12 months:
- Launched open hybrid cloud, a practical road map to deliver next-generation infrastructure—from application development, to Infrastructure-as-a-Service, to Platform-as-a-Service
- Backed open hybrid cloud with management by acquiring Manage IQ
- Acquired Gluster storage solution
- Brought OpenShift by Red Hat to the enterprise
- Created an OpenStack platform for developers
Cormier closed by announcing the availability of two new Red Hat products—Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure and OpenShift Online—and by reminding the audience that the future has never been so open.