Preparing You for the Future of IT the RED HAT Way
Date: Tuesday , April 19, 2016
Tata Sky did not simply mention, \"We plan to use Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform as a standard middleware platform for our critical applications\". There is a whole story of collaboration, profit and happy partnership with Red Hat that elated him to speak these words. It was when Tata Sky incurred heavy experiences due to its critical Electronic Voucher Distribution (EVD) application running on a priority middle platform that was expensive, owing to high license maintenance and support costs. As the existing platform reached end-of-life and needed a version upgrade, Tata Sky decide to replace the priority platform with Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform. The migration helped Tata Sky to reduce the TCO of the EVD application by 75 percent, whilst improving the performance significantly and turnaround time for the recharging process was reduced. And hence, Tata Sky decided to use the platform as a standard middleware platform for all of its applications.
This is just one success saga. When you drill down further, you can easily find 100 percent of Fortune 500 companies in the industries from airlines, commercial banks, healthcare and telecom sectors as Red Hat\'s (NYSE: RHT, current market capitalization of $13.83 billion) elated customers. The CIOs and IT departments from around the world rely on Red Hat to deliver solutions that provide technology leadership, performance, security and unmatched value. But as Rome was not built in a day, so was Red Hat\'s expertise. The company acts as a connective hub in a global network of customers, partners, research and academic organizations and open source communities. Bringing these innovative groups together fosters collaboration. And with a wide range of computing requirements, distinct approaches and differing skills, the result is technology that meets the needs of today\'s computing environment more effectively than any one group could have created alone.
Red Hat delivers its technology solutions to customers in two ways: offering commercial products for demanding environments, and sponsoring freely available open source projects. \"In our view, open, hybrid technology is the future of IT. The operating system for the cloud is open source. Hybrid IT is a reality in every organization, and ultimately, open technology provides control over the trends of today as well as the future,\" says Rajesh Rege, Managing Director, Red Hat India.
The Collaborative Ecosystem of Experts
Deploying solutions from Red Hat and its partners help customers benefit from the best of both worlds through innovative technology coupled with services, security, predictability and quality that clients\' businesses demand. \"Our products cover five primary technology areas: cloud computing, middleware, operating system, storage and virtualization,\" explains Rajesh. Being an expert at collaboration, Red Hat enables developing new technology, solving common problems, and shares the benefits with its customers and partners. Such collaboration with an ecosystem of IT leaders, open source advocates, developers and partners creates the perfect foundation for the future of IT.
Red Hat\'s open source solutions help across several verticals. It has successfully demonstrated IT enterprise leadership in financial services where the companies do not have to spend more money to make more money; in government sector where Red Hat\'s solutions provide the reliability, low costs and impeccable security; in healthcare where it ensures the accuracy and reliability that are critical to well-being; and in telecommunications where messages get delivered at the right place and the right time.
Empowering the SMEs
Moving beyond just the larger ones, Red Hat in India targets SMEs with flexible and budget-friendly software solutions. \"Historically such enterprises had to deal with legacy systems that use proprietary software involving front-loaded expenses or cheap alternatives that were unpredictable and dysfunctional,\" explains Rajesh. Red Hat offers the only open source, end-to-end solution stack - from edge devices within the IoT to enterprise applications - all using a common, secure software platform.
While the challenge is to provide right-sized solutions and not just individual products, Red Hat\'s ability to provide flexible, strategic, open source solutions that are uniquely suited to the needs of India\'s rapidly growing market is its pledge to its partners. The company already has over 2500 ISV partners and nearly 5000 applications in its fast expanding ecosystem.
Moving Beyond the Mundane Path
Proprietary systems are negatively impacting IT, making it hard to address healthcare priorities, revealed several healthcare executives in a 2012 Gatepoint Research survey. Unlike proprietary solutions, Red Hat\'s open source software development model (that is collaboratively created by thousands of developers) is a rapid, highly innovative and cost-effective approach to make software that is well-suited to the critical IT demands of the industry.
Growing steadily, the Indian healthcare market is happily adopting open source technologies and solutions. Thanks to the growing awareness created by State and Central Governments of the efficacy of open source platforms for deployment of health information systems. Red Hat has been instrumental in the Indian healthcare sector since past one decade, working with a number of government and private hospitals to make the data available to every hospital connected through its platform. This will ensure better healthcare services and better treatment to patients in every corner of the country by directly addressing the issue of data portability, a major problem prevailing in the sector.
The company\'s products and solutions offer improved security (Red Hat Enterprise Linux), the ability to accelerate, integrate and automate the exchange of information (Red Hat JBoss Middleware), the scalability to meet constantly changing needs (Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization), flexible and low-cost access to data (Red hat Gluster Storage), and the ability to bridge the physical and virtual worlds while simplifying IT and controlling costs (Red Hat cloud products).
Gearing Up for the War
In neck-to-neck war with the biggest traditional datacenter infrastructure companies like VMware and Oracle, Red Hat is coterminous to Microsoft in offering the entire stack necessary to run a hybrid cloud-enabled IT environment with some virtualization vendors lacking an operating system and a credible middleware offering. \"This is just a taste - obviously we have other competitors in all areas of our business, from OpenStack and Mobile to Storage, Containers, and beyond. But with our broad portfolio of products and services for commercial markets, we are at the forefront of open source software development for enterprise IT,\" explains Rajesh.
The company develops unique and flexible open-source solutions through the ecosystem comprising of developers, partners and customers. With storage technologies being an instrumental focus area for the company, Red Hat offers two unique products in the space, namely Red Hat Gluster Storage, which combines Red Hat software with x86 commodity hardware that eliminates the need for high cost proprietary storage systems, and the number one voted storage option by OpenStack users - Red Hat Ceph Storage that provides a robust, highly scalable block and object storage platform for enterprises deploying public or private clouds.
Extending it focus further, Red Hat looks completely geared up for Cloud Computing, which is expected to grow to $3 billion in India by this year and will constitute the bulk of IT spent, as predicted by Gartner. Some of the eminent offerings by Red Hat under this category are Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure, Red Hat CloudForms, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, OpenShift by Red Hat, Red Hat Certificate System and Red Hat Directory Server. Apart from these, the company also offers high quality products in Linux Platforms, JBoss Middleware, Virtualization and Mobile.
With innovation happening at breakneck speed, we will soon witness version 2.0 of Red Hat. The next generation of Red Hat\'s infrastructure management tool, CloudForms, will allow side-by-side management of both containers and virtual machines. The belief is that customers\' needs go far beyond simply the adoption of OpenStack. Red Hat Satellite has container management capabilities in the upstream, and Satellite will be able to deploy containers from registries. CloudForms will be able to enforce policies, track configuration, provide governance and support container management across hybrid environments.
Open Source Organization with Open Source Values
In this swiftly changing company where people drive constant improvement has retained its freedom-minded culture and open source values, despite being a major player in enterprise IT. It takes pride in its culture and believes in the power of the open source way. \"Red Hat is where some of the most passionate, creative and high-performing people in the technology industry come together to make a difference. Our work feels important because it is. Transparency and collaboration are changing the world, and we have proven that you can build a billion dollar company on those principles,\" asserts Rajesh.
The company\'s mission is never something that is edict handed down from the boardroom, hence over 400 Red Hatters come together to collectively write its own. After two rounds of input and a lot of free, open and spirited debate, the mission statement that emerged is: \'To be the catalyst in communities of customers, contributors, and partners creating better technology the open source way\'.
A place well built to take chances, Red Hat\'s way of doing business is creativity, inventiveness and collaboration. Here, good work earns respect and people dream big and act boldly as they extend the reach of open source. The company maintains a public forum approach to collaboration whenever possible. \"But there\'s always room to speak your mind. Anyone can have a say, and the best ideas win,\" concludes Rajesh.
Rajesh Rege, Managing Director, Red Hat India
Donning the hat of MD, Red Hat India since November 2014, Rajesh (an IT veteran with over 26 years of experience) closely works with all business units to advance the open source benefits of cloud IT to meet customer needs in India. Prior to this, Rajesh worked as Director & Country Head of Data Center, and Cloud Business for Cisco in India and SAARC. He also holds years of experience working with Sun Microsystems, Indigo Technologies and Reuters before Cisco.
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