“We have had over 60 quar­ters of con­sec­u­tive growth”

Chris Wright, Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cer, Red Hat ex­plains to Voice& Data about his com­mer­cial busi­ness model in the open source ecosys­tem

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Voice & Data: How would you de­scribe Red Hat’s com­mer­cial model in the open source ecosys­tem? How would you dif­fer­en­ti­ate that from other com­pet­ing ven­dors op­er­at­ing in the open source?

Chris Wright: Our tech­nol­ogy evolves around Open source prod­uct /projects up­stream.We pro­duc­tize, bring those to mar­kets, so pay­ing at­ten­tion to the open source com­mu­ni­ties and the broad trends in the in­dus­try is a key part of my role in the com­pany. The main aim of Red Hat is bring­ing to­gether the open source de­vel­op­ment com­mu­ni­ties of our­selves as en­gi­neers, as part of those com­mu­ni­ties, our cus­tomers pro­vid­ing re­quire­ments that we help lead into and de­velop solutions to those re­quire­ments in the com­mu­ni­ties as well as our part­ners.

So, we kind of play a role across mul­ti­ple dif­fer­ent ecosys­tems ul­ti­mately try­ing to bring tech­nol­ogy, innovation and open source com­mu­ni­ties in a con­sum­able way to our en­ter­prise cus­tomers. It’s not al­ways easy for a cus­tomer to go di­rectly to an open source project and ex­pect it to power their en­ter­prise with open source. We play a fun­da­men­tal role in that whole ecosys­tem and process.

I like to think of our­selves as sort of a buf­fer be­tween the en­ter­prise try­ing to con­sume open source-based tech­nol­ogy and sort of a free form, fast mov­ing pace of innovation in the open source projects them­selves. We pro­vide a clear dis­tinc­tion be­tween a project and a prod­uct. Prod­uct has a life cycle, main­te­nance, se­cu­rity up­dates. We may even do a fea­ture in­clu­sion that looks like a back­ward the func­tion­al­ity, from a newer por­tion of the project to

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