Is Microsoft is becoming a Linux vendor?

On Microsoft’s own Azure cloud, 75% of machines run Linux. These are Microsoft customers who are running Linux. Microsoft needs to support the platform they use, or they will go somewhere else.

To that end, Microsoft has written a Linux subsystem in Windows, that allows users/admins to run bash commands.

Is Microsoft’s victory a loss for traditional Linux vendors? To some degree, yes. Microsoft has become a direct competitor. But the clear winner here is Linux.

Microsoft doesn’t own any Linux technologies. They are totally dependent on an external vendor, in this case Canonical, for their entire Linux layer. Too risky a proposition, if Canonical gets acquired by a fierce competitor.

Read the full story from CIO magazine here

BMW deploys Red Hat OpenShift container platform

BMW deploys Red Hat OpenShift container platform

BMW Group, the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles, has deployed Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform to support its delivery of business applications and services.

“After the decomposition of traditional applications into micro-services running on containers, Red Hat OpenShift container platform enables the BMW Group to do point scaling to adjust loads to peaks and troughs in demand, and to deliver the continuous service that today’s consumers expect,” explains Red Hat.

Full Story – http://red.ht/2qwVkEE 

Red Hat’s secrets of success

Red Hat’s secrets of success

Red Hat has done it again. The company reported fourth quarter revenues of $629 million, up 16 percent year-over-year. This translates to over $2.4 billion in annual revenues.

The key points I get from Red Hat’s success are:

  1. Keep ‘everything’ open source
  2. Contribute to key open source projects (it benefits you as you can also influence the direction of the project. The more you contribute, the more say you get)
  3. Take risks and continue to evolve, instead of playing it safe and sticking to legacy products that have been doing fine
  4. Bite off as much as you can chew; don’t enter so many areas just because that’s trendy or because everyone else is doing it.

By , star Thought Leader, CIO Magazine

Ansible’s rise is fueling Red Hat’s reinvention

The reason Ansible is so popular within Red Hat’s field is that it’s wildly popular with enterprise IT. How popular? Well, Ansible already finds its way into a third of all Red Hat deals, as Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst indicated on the company’s most recent earnings call. That is staggering when you consider that Red Hat didn’t acquire Ansible until late 2015, and Ansible didn’t even exist as a project until 2012 or as a company until 2013. For Ansible to be contributing in a significant way to Red Hat’s $2 billion-plus in annual revenue is a major accomplishment.

More at Infoworld

OpenShift Container Platform: A Holistic Approach to Container Security

OpenShift Container Platform: A Holistic Approach to Container Security

Docker Inc’s introduction of secrets into Docker Datacenter is a welcome and expected development. The Kubernetes community has had this capability for years and it has helped propel Red Hat’s Enterprise Kubernetes distribution, the OpenShift Container Platform, further into many mission-critical use cases and deployments.

Source: Medium