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Unpacking the IBM Red Hat Conundrum

It has been almost been a year since IBM announced intentions to acquire RedHat. The acquisition was complete in July of this year and Tim Crawford provides his perspective of the ramifications and future of IBM looking forward. Tim sees that RedHat purchase as a play to move IBM beyond their hardware and professional services business and into the cloud era and the overall future of enterprise IT.

Tim Crawford comments:

We could debate whether the amount was a strategic move to take Red Hat off the market for other suitors while at the same time providing IBM the cloud future it desperately needs. But the core issue now is really how Red Hat will impact IBM both strategically and financially.

IBM’s core is hardware and services. It starts with the mainframe and moves to their services business. While IBM’s storied businesses in both hardware and services are legendary, IBM has struggled to embrace the future of the enterprise.

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Ken Nalbone

Ken is an IT infrastructure professional with over 15 years experience. His areas of specialty are the software-defined data center and cloud technologies. In addition to being a writer for Gestalt IT, Ken is an Event Lead for the Cloud Field Day and Tech Field Day series of events.