Posted May 7, 2009

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Published: 2009-05-07 07:03:08
Updated: 2009-05-07 07:03:08

Jim Whitehurst Jim Whitehurst

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) will be a big player in the fast-growing “cloud computing” market, according to Chief Executive Officer Jim Whitehurst.

In a speech at the Software Summit in San Francisco this week, Whitehurst said the world’s top Linux developer and services provider is positioned to exploit the market because of its open source roots.

"These are all about the power of participation and collaboration, and Red Hat is the open source version," Whitehurst said, lumping together Red Hat with such tools as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, according to "Other than Microsoft. I find it hard to believe many clouds are running anything other than Linux," he added.

Red Hat will host its own “Open Source Cloud Computing Forum,” on July 22. It will be a virtual conference.

"I don't have firm data, but when a customer is building a greenfield infrastructure, our implementations are drastically higher," Whitehurst explained in his keynote address. "Clouds are fundamentally new infrastructure. Why lock yourself into something proprietary?"'...

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