Red Hat: We Didn't Get Virtualization Management Right Initially
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In a webcast event Tuesday, Red Hat executives reminisced about that milestone event and offered a few predictions about the future of their server operating system platform. Now after 10 years of releases and innovations, Paul Cormier, Executive Vice-President of Red Hat, sees the most important event in the history of RHEL as being the creation of the RHEL model itself.
Cormier he does have regrets about how his company initially implemented virtualization.
"I wish we had more management for virtualization in initially," Cormier admitted. "By not doing that, it forced our customer base to go back to the proprietary model with hypervisors."
That said, Red Hat now has a full virtualization management offering integrated with RHEL, so users can migrate to an open source solution.
Another area where Red Hat is trailing its rivals is in commercial deployment of the OpenStack open source cloud platform. Rival vendor Ubuntu Linux has been supporting OpenStack for over a year, while Red Hat only officially embraced the platform this year.