Red Hat unveils plans to increase its focus in India

DQW Bureau
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Close on the heels of raising around $ 600 million, Red Hat–the Linux

provider is all set to increase its focus in the Indian sub-continent on various


"We have just raised about $ 600 million and now we are looking forward

to making sure that this money is invested properly to increase our presence and

penetration. Within India, we would be investing our efforts in the education

sector and also working closely with the government and partner with them in

various areas," informed Matthew Szulik, Chairman, CEO and President, Red


As part of its increased focus within India, the company would be hiring

close to 200 software profe-ssionals over a period of three years. "At

present, we have a team of about 90 pro-fessionals. We will increase it by

another 200 within 36 months. The recruiting process has already started and we

are looking for people for our support, development and marketing

expansions," he added.


Though the company has not divulged details about its investment plans, it

has, however, outlined areas such as storage and virtualization as the two most

addressed areas in the near future.

"This is my first visit to India and I certainly believe that India has

a lot of potential for us and the Linux market. We would be focusing on areas

such as SAN and how can it be useful in verticals like healthcare and education.

We would also be emphasizing on virtualization and development of open source

based file systems," Szulik explained.

Citing the lack of GPL (General Public License) format for major hardware

manufacturers as a road-block in front of the company and its growing user

commu-nity, Szulik said that the company is looking forward to working closely

with worldwide chip manufac-turers and hardware vendors to increase the number

of GPL based products in the market.


"We know that there are a lot of users who feel difficulty when it comes

to finding right drivers for Linux and we are going to address this issue. The

whole industry needs to understand that now we need to move away from an aging

client server approach to a more open distributed computing environment. World

heavyweights such as Dell and IBM can make a lot of difference if they address

this properly," he added.

Accepting the fact that China together with India symbolizes one of the most

lucrative markets in the worldwide scenario, he said that the company is open to

have a software development facility in China.

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New Delhi