Unlocking the potential with open source

DQW Bureau
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How can the combination of virtualization with open source platform

benefit enterprises from a CIOs perspective?

We think from the customer's point, that he doesn't have to buy anything new or

extra. This is because the capabilities already exist with the customer, since

he is using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL5). In case, the customer has

subscribed Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (RHEL4), he can easily upgrade to RHEL5 as

per our policy, which allows upgradation for the subscription period. So, once

he unlocks that potential, he is going to get returns on investments.

Ravindra Ranande, Head-Global Professional Services,

Red Hat, India

All the CIOs know that normally a server is utilized 30 percent because if it

goes beyond 50-60 percent, then every administrative charge jumps up and for

that the CIO needs an extra server. With such kind of utilization, there's the

unutilized capacity. Now, this unutilized capacity can be utilized with

virtualization technology. By virtualization of servers, the customer can work

with multiple operating systems, using the same existing hardware at no extra



How secured is open source platform and virtualization for enterprises?

Open source is becoming synonymous with security. Typically at Red Hat, we have

a security project-Security Enhanced Linux (SEL), which is integrated with our

operating systems. It's been offered on physical servers and the same kind of

security is offered on the virtualized environments also. For example, the RHEL5

comes with SEL certification of EAL4 level. Suppose you are doing simple task

like FTP, then it already has the security cover as it's inbuilt and available

on the virtual platform the same way it is present on the physical servers.

Can you tell us about the Microsoft, Red Hat agreement on


Recently, we announced an interoperability agreement with Microsoft, where we

have assured to support each other's customers' need and environments in future.

It's a great step as we agreed to support the customers' choice and respect the

freedom of choice to use technology.

Pankaj Maru

(Source: CMN)