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Riding the tide of fortune: Red Hat Malaysia interview

AvantiKumar | Aug. 15, 2014
RHEL 7 is the latest move in a long term strategy to help Malaysian IT leaders to shift focus from 'IT efficiency to IT effectiveness', said Red Hat's David Yap.

Many enterprises are still coping with immediate budget constraints and are not able to respond as quickly to market demands. While cost efficiency is still top of mind for many CIOs, there is an urgency to have the business stakeholders work closer with IT to co-develop a strategic plan to address business challenges with the use of IT.

When it comes to transitioning to open source, what sort of challenges do IT leaders bring to the table?

Some of the concerns and challenges faced by organisations are:-

I. Not ready to use cloud services for business-critical functions

Cloud deployments locally are still focused on small-scale, tactical implementations; however organisations are seeing the benefits of moving to the cloud. Large enterprises are cautious about joining the cloud 'bandwagon' and this can be due to a number of factors:

- Immaturity of services available
- Opaque legislation
- Lack of cloud skills
- Security and privacy issues
- Low understanding of building a business case based on business value instead of cost saving

II. A unified view of innovation

Physical servers have extended to include virtual machines on the servers, which, in turn, have evolved to Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). As that happens, the enterprise datacenter has devolved into a many-headed hydra of complexity and competing systems. CIOs must bridge these heterogeneous environments to form a cohesive, unified foundation, one that will enable them to reap the benefits of their IT infrastructures.

In your view, what kind of value to an organisation is delivered by open source compared to proprietary alternatives?

Open source and proprietary platforms sit on two ends of the spectrum. The most appealing thing about open source is in the collaboration. Collaborative innovation is a framework built on sharing ideas and inventions with the world and getting a new level of transparency, accountability, and participation. For Red Hat, open source is our primary mission and drives our innovation model. Red Hat then works with partners and customers worldwide to make open source enterprise grade - we offer stable, secure and robust open source solutions.

IDC projects that by 2017, only two operating systems will remain for the server segment: Linux and Microsoft Windows Server. While Microsoft Windows leads the OS market in both client and server OS sub segments, IDC and Gartner both report that Linux is the fastest growing in the server segment. The market has accepted Linux as a viable alternative to UNIX in mission-critical environments, and industry experts agree that UNIX is dramatically decreasing in terms of usage as a server operating system.

The security threat landscape is changing daily but do you still have to deal with what you would call security 'myths' about open source when talking to Malaysian companies?

Unlike proprietary platforms, Red Hat as an open source vendor develops software in collaboration with customers from a range of industries, including government and financial services, ensuring that rigorous security protocols are built into our software. This contributes to our software meeting some of the highest security certifications available under internationally recognized standards, like Common Criteria, and is one of the reasons 50% of the world's trading volume is powered by Red Hat products and solutions.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux was designed to provide customers with the kind of reliability, security, and support that frees them to spend their time on advancing IT capabilities instead of managing downtime and patches.


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