After the deal that involved the purchase of Red Hat, the leading provider of open source Linux systems by IBM for $ 34 billion, a number of issues were raised, particularly about the future of the open software platform and the way companies would move to work with your solutions. The main goal of the business seems to be the creation of the hybrid cloud of the world, offering both open and private cloud solutions, ensuring integration of several proprietary technologies, but not forgetting partners, suppliers and customers.
In that regard, Arvind Krishna, senior vice president of IBM's Hybrid Cloud and Paul Cormier, vice president and president of Red Hat products and technologies, joined a conference call to answer the key questions raised. IBM believes that the acquisition is key to redefining cloud technology, whether for security, comfort of use, both in applications and services, even allowing integration of a cloud within another cloud. All Linux products will maintain flexibility, but now working in a cloud environment, the executives argue.
"Linux is a platform where virtually every innovation is made based on open source and hyper cloud," said Paul Cormier, adding that the company still felt very "small" for demand. IBM is helping to build a strategy and acceleration of its portfolio in the market by integrating cloud systems. Although in the "theory" IBM has acquired Red Hat, both companies have been working together for almost 20 years, so the "union seemed like something quite natural," said the Red Hat representative.
These were the main questions answered by the executives during the conference:
What is the impact of the acquisition so that Red Hat maintains its open source philosophy?
There will be no impact. It will not be anything different, it will be business as usual, while maintaining the road maps that were already laid out for the established projects. It is highlighted that Kubernetes will continue to be the center for exploring hyper-cloud systems. Together they will offer faster cloud services. The Red Hat executive highlights the years it takes to take advantage of Linux, which is at the heart of open platforms. The company intends to scale its business and reach more Linux customers.
Will public cloud unveil affect social networking with other cloud systems such as Microsoft's Azure or Amazon's AWS?
According to IBM, the introduction will not affect the relationship with other cloud partners. Red Hat will remain as a parallel entity to the technology giant. The company will continue to prioritize the products to its customers and partners, in the most natural way ever. In that sense, Red Hat will remain open source, supporting other open and public clouds.
How will Red Hat's talent continue to thrive and thrive?
Executives give the example of Cora OS, which is a variation of Linux (based on Ubuntu). It will be the same as always, its entire portfolio available and the further improvement of its products will be part of the company's tasks. And in that sense, all the road map established will be to comply. "Red Hat is at the forefront of a successful business, so there's no need to mess with it or change it," said the IBM representative.
How will the integration of people and their culture open source?
Red Hat has a "brand" already established, so it will not move. The premises are kept where the people are, there being no reason to change them, and if that is necessary it will be for the Boston area. Red Hat says there will be no culture changes, that its engineers are not notified to put a feature here or there, but rather, they put it where it makes sense to improve technologies and projects that are working for the community open source. Engineers continue to be free to develop products that satisfy their customers, and all company practices will be unchanged.
IBM itself will be able to learn from Red Hat in this respect, as companies have different cultures: IBM is an experienced company, accustomed to solving customer problems, while Red Hat uses an open source model to solve its challenges.
What happens to IBM's Linux partners?
Partners will continue to be supported by Red Hat solutions.
Will Red Hat remain independent?
Red Hat will be a distinctive unit that will keep its unique culture with all the people who have made it into what it is today. The practices, marketing or hirings will have to remain intact. "We are not buying IP or technology, but rather people, and that is their culture, which is to maintain," stresses the IBM executive.