David Yap, Country Manager for Red Hat Malaysia & Brunei (pic), said that 2014 was a busy but eventful year for Red Hat.
To begin with, we saw several key announcements such as updates to Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA, roll out of our first xPaaS services, acquisition of Inktank, eNovance, and FeedHenry, and we welcomed Google as a Red Hat certified Cloud Access-enabled partner. One particular highlight was the launch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 - our most ambitious release that pushes the operating system beyond a commodity platform with the ability to manage modern datacentres, enabling customers to easily transition between physical, virtual and cloud deployments.
We are proud that our innovation journey was also recognized by Forbes magazine, where Red Hat was named one of the 'World's Most Innovative Companies'.
In 2015, we are looking forward to a good year with Linux and our other multi-product pairings as we work to build upon the solid groundwork built so far. We expect the cloud to provide new opportunities, and we hope to see more organizations switch from deploying on-premises products to cloud-based services or cloud-managed products. We can expect to see an increased number of cloud-based security controls being deployed to the small or midsize business (SMB) segment. During this time, we can also expect to see cloud management being redefined through open source with tools such as OpenStack and OpenShift.
We predict that organisations will increasingly look to hybrid cloud architectures as a way to have more dynamic computing architecture over time.
The movement toward hybrid is clearer than ever. Hybrid open software-defined storage should become an important means to maintaining application and data portability across hybrid IT environments. This comes as the growing hybridization of IT coupled with software-defined infrastructure trends have caused a major shift in storage infrastructure - from expensive and inflexible hardware-centric storage to software-defined storage.
We foresee that big data will increasingly provide analysts the flexibility to define models and test them in real-time. Moving forward, IT departments will be more inclined to put aside budget for enterprise analytics, data mining and business intelligence. Enterprises will need to reassess their competencies and skills to respond to this opportunity.
Openness is essentially about having vibrant, upstream communities that are at the heart of innovation, made possible through the open source development model. We are confident that Red Hat will continue to see open source enterprise deployments as more and more businesses demand security and flexibility in their data centres. We plan to work on strengthening our position as a leading provider of open source enterprise solutions, offering the full cloud infrastructure and the tools necessary to drive successful technologies across various industries.
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