IBM closed the Redhat $34 billion dollar buyout about one month ago. Now comes the hard work for the everyday companies that utilize Redhat’s software. Redhat is not only the fastest growing server software, but the largest open source company in the world (they build and support open source products from open source projects). Redhat has millions of computers running on their source code. The big question is can they migrate IBM hardware and software without giving up their open sources leadership? Plus, can Redhat adapt to IBM’s culture and bureaucracies without giving up key personnel?
The current state of networking
Even as underlying technologies have evolved, network management has remained largely the same for decades. Networks are typically built, operated, and maintained manually. Network operators (NetOps) log in to routers, switches, load balancers, and firewalls, change configurations by hand, then log out. These procedures are largely directed at implementing and maintaining the network policies defined by business processes.