In­dia plays key role in Red Hat’s global plans

InformationWeek - - News - — Srikanth RP

Open source poster boy, Red Hat, re­cently cel­e­brated the 10th an­niver­sary of its flag­ship so­lu­tion, Red Hat En­ter­prise Linux. The firm has played a key role in the de­vel­op­ment of the open source ecosys­tem, and has been cred­ited with launch­ing the first-ever open source soft­ware sub­scrip­tion busi­ness, spurring the adop­tion of Linux across the en­ter­prise. While the com­pany con­tin­ues to strengthen its foot­print across the world, In­dia is a vi­tal cog in the com­pany’s global suc­cess.

Red Hat con­firmed In­dia’s im­por­tance by an­nounc­ing the ex­pan­sion and launch of two “Engi­neer­ing Cen­ters of Ex­cel­lence” in Ban­ga­lore and Pune, In­dia. What’s sig­nif­i­cant about the launch of the Engi­neer­ing CoE’s is the fact that the Pune cen­ter is Red Hat’s largest engi­neer­ing fa­cil­ity out­side North Amer­ica at 50,000 sq ft.

With the ex­pan­sion in In­dia, Red Hat hopes to in­cu­bate, sus­tain and sup­port lo­cal ta­lent and main­tain high qual­ity of con­tri­bu­tions to the open source com­mu­nity lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

“In­dia is cen­tral to our global goals. Be­sides play­ing a key role in our R&D op­er­a­tions, our en­tire prod­uct line is sup­ported from In­dia. We have grown here ex­po­nen­tially, and as we add peo­ple glob­ally, our op­er­a­tions in In­dia will grow pro­por­tion­ally,” states Paul Cormier, Pres­i­dent - Prod­ucts and Tech­nolo­gies, Red Hat.

Red Hat is ex­tremely bullish on the power of In­dia’s soft­ware de­vel­op­ment ta­lent, and Cormier cites the ex­am­ple of Glus­ter, an open source stor­age soft­ware com­pany based in Ban­ga­lore — a com­pany Red Hat ac­quired last year. Red Hat be­lieves that Glus­ter’s tech­nol­ogy can help cus­tomers in lever­ag­ing open source for cloud com­put­ing on com­mod­ity stor­age.

In­dia’s steady rise as a hub of soft­ware de­vel­op­ment is cor­rob­o­rated by Evans Data’s Global De­vel­oper Pop­u­la­tion and De­mo­graphic Sur­vey con­ducted in 2011, which states that by 2015, In­dia will surpass the United States with more than 3.5 mil­lion pro­fes­sional soft­ware de­vel­op­ers.

Be­sides the de­vel­op­ment com­mu­nity, Red Hat is also bullish on In­dia as a mar­ket for its prod­ucts, and Cormier cites the ex­am­ples of large or­ga­ni­za­tions such as NSE, Air­tel, Re­liance and IDEA, who are us­ing Red Hat’s prod­ucts.

Paul Cormier, pres­i­dent, Prod­ucts and Tech­nolo­gies, Red Hat

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