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Red Hat’s true value may be strengthening IBM’s enterprise cloud ‘RHELevance’

February 18, 2019 / MARK ALBERTSON

Linux has blossomed into the right platform at the right time for enterprise computing.When she was vice president of Cognitive Systems at IBM Corp., Stefanie Chiras (pictured) kept a vial of metal on her desk, a memento of an internship spent developing advanced materials for NASA that would be light enough to be carried into space yet strong enough to support a load. The vial was a reminder that the right materials must be matched to the right project or the outcome will likely be failure.Since those days with NASA and IBM, Chiras has moved on to a different role as vice president and general manager, RHEL business unit, for Red Hat Inc., but the vial’s message is still the same. Today’s expanding computing infrastructure demands the right operating system, and Chiras is absolutely convinced that Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or RHEL, is the right solution at the right time.