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Red Hat Hires Azure Guy to Run Virtualization

"Under Balakrishnan's leadership, Red Hat plans to expand its Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization offerings"

Red Hat has hired Radhesh Balakrishnan out of Microsoft's Asia-Pac region where he was responsible for the Windows Azure cloud platform business, to lead its virtualization technologies and solutions worldwide, which includes Red Hat OpenStack and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Technologies and Solutions.

The company said in a statement that "Virtualization is the cornerstone of cloud computing and Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), which serves as the foundation for Red Hat's virtualization initiatives, is a predominant hypervisor in the cloud....Under Balakrishnan's leadership, Red Hat plans to expand its Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization offerings as well as deliver enterprise-class Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions powered by OpenStack."

The job is central to Red Hat's open hybrid approach to the cloud, according to Paul Cormier, president of products and technologies at Red Hat.

Microsoft of course is a major competitor of Red Hat, but not as much as VMware, which Red Hat sees as its real nemesis.

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