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Red Hat CEO: Keep cloud open or go back to 80s-style computing

Keep the cloud open — or kill it, Red Hat’s chief exec advised during his opening keynote at the company’s annual summit Tuesday.

“Without open source, clouds wouldn’t exist. Full stop,” said Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat President and CEO, noting that three core principles — collaboration, openness and choice — enabled users such as Google and Amazon to build the first cloud infrastructure, and adherence to those principles will determine the cloud’s fate.

Red Hat CEO Whitehurst

“The protests in the Middle East succeeded because they did everything out in the open … those same principles will be key success factors in the next generation IT architecture,” Whitehurst added.

The cloud is the first user-driven innovation of its kind, and was enabled by open source software, he said. Most technology innovations are vendor or consortium-driven. said.

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