Linux Video of the Week: Red Hat CEO Explains Why Enterprises Need Open Infrastructure

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Enterprises today are facing the industrialization of IT, in which infrastructure is commoditized and innovation is happening much faster at the application level, said Red Hat President and CEO Jim Whitehurst in his 2014 Red Hat Summit keynote this week.

The only way to keep up with the leading edge of technology, such as containers, software-defined networking, the cloud and big data, is to choose infrastructure built by the open source community, he said. No single vendor can do better at building or predicting the future of technology than an entire industry coalition of vendors.

“By choosing an open versus a proprietary ecosystem you inherit the benefits of innovation that's happening not at Red Hat, but broadly in open communities around the world,” Whitehurst said.

In this video, Whitehurst explains the forces behind IT innovation today, the role of open source communities in shaping the future of technology, and Red Hat's strategy for helping enterprises manage IT infrastructure growth and change.