Do we have any Red Hat employees on this site?
According to an interview in the TBJ:
“IBM CEO Ginni Rometty has said repeatedly that the deal is a “game-changer.”
“We’re playing to be the undisputed number one and that is what led us to Red Hat,” she said earlier this week.
Steve Robinson, the RTP-based general manager of IBM Cloud Labs and IBM Hybrid Cloud, says in an interview that the deal’s success could further position the region in the emerging technology, too – a sector he says is going to be critical for the industry in the coming years.
IBM, even with its 380,000 employees and whopping $104 billion market cap, has faced major challenges capturing enterprise business in the cloud space, he admits.
That could be where Red Hat’s vendor flexibility comes in – a major reason executives say it needs to maintain its independence.
“We had talked to enterprises where they use multiple cloud vendors,” he says. “Having the ability to work with multiple cloud vendors was important.”
He – like top execs at Red Hat and IBM execs-red-hat-will-remain-switzerland emphasizes Big Blue’s intention to keep its acquiree’s independence. But he couldn’t immediately say whether Red Hat, which is swiftly outgrowing Red Hat Tower, might ever spill into its RTP campus.
“I think we’ll be able to further spell out what those integrations are once we reach closure,” he says, calling it all just “speculation” at this point.
But he says IBM and Red Hat may not be as different as some think – pointing to the agile workspaces at RTP.
“It looks like a West Coast startup when you walk in the door,” he says”
So, as current or future Red Hat employees, are just as happy to work in RTP as you would be in DTR?