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Red Hat pushing hard beyond Linux in the data center

Brandon Butler | July 16, 2015
At the recent Red Hat Summit in Boston, Executive Vice President Paul Cormier declared victory for open source. "Linux has won in the data center," he proclaimed to an applauding crowd, acknowledging that along with Windows, Linux is one of two major operating systems in enterprise data centers today.

"In the end, open source is going to win," Gerasimatos believes. "People want access to open source, they want the ability to customize their deployments, to have a low-lever hardware abstraction."

FICO proves that open source options are readily available at the infrastructure and application development layers of the stack. So then what was Red Hat's Cormier really saying when he referred to the next challenge for open source being to win at those layers? He's calling for the advancement of such products and wider use of them by enterprises. Perhaps more than anything, what Cormier was urging customers to do is not just embrace open source for these purposes, but to use Red Hat's offerings.

 

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