When IBM bought what was then the largest free software company, many of us feared a repeat of what happened when Oracle bought Sun. However, Red Hat continues to add agreements with other large companies in the world of technology.
The news that were arriving in recent days show that the now subsidiary of IBM is determined to continue to maintain its leading role in the technology industry.
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Red Hat continues to add deals
I already commented on a previous article about the agreement to include its Linux distribution in the cloud infrastructure of its main competitor Oracle. The following news came from the Mobile Word Congress (MVC) that took place last month in Barcelona.
We may never see the year of Linux on the desktop (or any other consumer device) but in the cloud and mobile communication service delivery platforms, the leadership of free and open source software solutions seems indisputable.
Virtualized Radio Access Networks (vRAN) allow you to operate a mobile phone network using software, which means that expensive proprietary hardware can be replaced by common servers.
Red Hat and Samsung plan to have their vRAN solution be available for proof of concept from the second semester of the current year and will include various company products such as Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes, and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform.
Artificial intelligence seems to be the star of the year. I have to admit that at least for mobile phone service operators its use makes a lot of sense.
La combination of Red Hat and NVIDIA products It will reduce the need for hardware and run the software faster by optimizing the use of existing resources.
Mavenir, a provider of end-to-end software solutions, is expected to offer a product based on this collaboration next year.
It seems that despite all its advantages, 5G technology and the use of vRAN have drawbacks, one of them is the excessive consumption of electricity. Hence mobile service providers are looking for energy efficient hardware solutions.
ARM is working on Neoverse, a central processing unit architecture specialized in running cloud applications in an energy-efficient way using Red Hat software. One of the providers that will market this solution is the Japanese NEC.
Although it was announced at the Mobile World Congress, this agreement has nothing to do with the provision of mobile services. OMROM is a world leading Japanese electrical equipment manufacturer.
OMRON plans to do a proof of concept of a container-based platforms for the management and control of industrial processes. The objective is that the data of the manufacturing processes is transmitted in real time to the entire organization.
Brief history of Red Hat
Red Hat's evolution allows us to follow the evolution of open source and the challenges it faces.
Red Hat's story began in 1993 when Bob Young who sold computer products by catalog from home began selling the cds of a Linux distribution developed by Marc Ewing who was known in his university as "The One with the Red Cap".
In 2001 it changed from the then traditional model of selling a physical product to the general public to osubscription group of a distribution aimed at the business market.
Over time, it expanded its product portfolio, incorporating cloud solutions and tools for developers. Thanks to this in 2012 it became the first open source technology company to surpass $2.000 billion in revenue, surpassing $XNUMX billion four years later.
In 2019 it became part of IBM, being one of the most important acquisitions in the history of the industry.
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