Probably the biggest talking point this week is the announcement that IBM intends to buy Red Hat Inc, purveyor of the open source Red Hat operating system and an entire ecosystem of products around it. The acquisition is interesting, firstly because of the attention it has garnered, but also for the implications to public cloud, open source and IBM’s business model. IBM is buying into the hybrid cloud model by bringing skills from Red Hat, while also attempting to demonstrate credibility to the market.
IBM of Old
The question is, can IBM manage it? I expect the news was met with a global collective groan and WTF moment, as IT specialists all around the globe try to imagine IBM’s highly corporate business model trying to align with a much more dynamic approach from Red Hat.
Everyone has an Opinion
Earlier this week I caught up with Martin Glassborow and Chris Mellor. We recorded a quick 10-minute podcast, asking questions, perhaps rather than answering them, on what this acquisition means. We specifically thought about storage, where as Martin points out, IBM has a product for every day of the week.
Have a listen and by all means give us your opinion. We are probably as bemused as everyone else.
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