Red Hat CEO Growing Linux Business with New Cloud Workloads
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While Red Hat does win some of its business from competitive migrations, CEO Jim Whitehurst stressed during his company's Analyst Day event this week, that's not the primary area for his company's future growth.
"How we take share is we win an inordinate share of new applications," he said.
Whitehurst said he rarely walks into a potential customer environment where he is told that the enterprise wants to migrate an existing application from a different platform.
"While [Microsoft] Windows is still a large player in the enterprise, more and more new workloads are going to Linux," Whitehurst said.
Given the opportunities that Whitehurst sees for Red Hat, he doesn't see technology as being the biggest challenge he faces. Rather his challenge at Red Hat is an organizational one to scale the go-to-market activities and capabilities of the company.
"When I look at our impediments, it's not technology and it's not competitors; it's building out our own capabilities to be able to drive and achieve the full potential of the businesses we're in," Whitehurst said.