Open disruption, open-source style
According to research company, IDC, there could be as many Windows-based servers as they are Linux-based ones, come 2017. This is one of the findings shared during Red Hat’s annual forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Red Hat ASEAN General Manager, Damien Wong said, “There is ongoing co-existence of Linux and Windows in data centres… we don’t see Windows disappearing anytime soon. But there are more businesses that will choose Red Hat Linux for mission-critical workloads now.”
Maybe more importantly, the annual forum highlighted and emphasised open innovation, a culture that leverages open source and innovates in a manner that prizes openness, community and support.
Wong brought up the notion of an innovation gap, whereby traditional businesses are being disrupted by new entrants, or other businesses that have successfully transitioned to open innovation.
He observed, “Traditional companies need to innovate quickly. IT is a game changer and they need to do innovation fast, if not faster.”
When asked about OpenStack, a standard and open platform used to build massively, scalable clouds that businesses prize and start to see huge value in, recently, Wong said, “OpenStack adoption depends on how apps are developed. Systems of engagement applications, tend to be suited for hyperscale architecture like OpenStack.”
Red Hat contributes millions of lines of code for OpenStack projects, not to mention also offers an enterprise-grade version of OpenStack to businesses, called Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack.
Businesses tend to still look toward Red Hat during times of uncertainty, according to Wong.
Red Hat recognises this and also continues to see good growth potential in Malaysia. This explains them upgrading their branch office here, to a fully-owned subsidiary of Red Hat Incorporated.
“For us to do this, shows we have confidence in this market and are staying committed to it,” he concluded.