IBM, the blue computing giant, has always been very involved in the Linux world, in fact they have been active developers of the kernel and continue to contribute development and money to the project. Well now it will be even more so after closing what will be the largest purchase in the history of IBM after acquiring the Red Hat company. Although the agreement will not really be 100% effective until the second half of next year, that is, until the last months of 2019.
IBM has confirmed it today, it has reached this agreement to buy the American giant of the red hat for nothing less than 34.000 million, a figure that also includes debt. That will make IBM a more flexible company, acquiring all the Red Hat developments and products that will now be part of the IBM offering to expand into new horizons such as the cloud, etc. We will see what happens to the RHEL distro after this purchase, although it should not affect ... As confirmed by the statements that we have seen: «IBM to become the world's # 1 hybrid cloud technology provider, offering companies the only open cloud solution that will unlock the full value of this technology for their businesses.«. This means that companies that are clients of IBM solutions will be able to move all their business applications to the cloud in a secure way. IBM and Red Hat will be solidly positioned to address this and accelerate the adoption of multitudes of hybrid clouds.
In principle, after reading this will not affect the Red Hat brand as we know it now, and both IBM and Red Hat will remain as committed to open source as they have been thus far. The two companies have worked together for the past 20 years, but now that collaboration will be closer. Only now they will be better positioned to offer services and rival Microsoft Azure and AWS (Amazon Web Services).