Red Hat distributes Open Source cloud services. Open Source cloud services are increasing in popularity when compared to more traditional cloud software.
IBM said yesterday that Red Hat will become a separate unit inside IBM following the deal. Red Hat chief executive Jim Whitehurst will join IBM’s management team and report to IBM chief executive Ginni Rometty.
“Joining forces with IBM will provide us with a greater level of scale, resources and capabilities to accelerate the impact of open source as the basis for digital transformation and bring Red Hat to an even wider audience – all while preserving our unique culture and unwavering commitment to open source innovation.”
TECH GOES OPEN SOURCE
IBM is looking to open source software as a major force in the future of technology.
The term ‘open source’ refers to software whose source code is freely available. Once downloaded the code can be edited, used and shared, with no copyright restrictions. There are different open source licenses, which give users different degrees of freedom, but the main aim of open source is to encourage experimentation, collaboration and knowledge-sharing.
Open source has been a key driver of several technology deals this year. Microsoft purchased open source code-hosting platform GitHub for $7.5bn. Salesforce spent $6.5bn on MuleSoft, which helps businesses link different IT systems together.
The deals show that technology giants are becoming increasingly aware that customers like the idea of using and supporting open source software rather than closed software.