When IBM announced its intention to acquire Red Hat Inc. for $34 billion in 2018, it was widely viewed as a sign that the open-source train had finally arrived in the station. Less than three years later, open source has grown to encompass not only the station, but the train tracks and surrounding enterprise territory as far as the eye can see.
In March, Red Hat released its “State of Enterprise Open Source” report, which, not surprisingly, validated the technology’s widespread enterprise influence. The report found that 90% of IT leaders were using open-source products, primarily in infrastructure modernization, networking and application development.
Perhaps even more significant was that 79% of IT leaders expected their use of enterprise open-source software for emerging tech to increase over the next two years. Open source has emerged as technology’s innovation engine. It is against this backdrop of enterprise momentum for open source that Red Hat will hold its annual Red Hat Summit virtually in April.
“Now in its 17th year, Red Hat Summit continues to be the premier open-source technology event that brings together IT professionals from all across the globe for a fun, informative and interactive event focused on innovation, education and collaboration,” said Tim Yeaton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Red Hat. “This year will feature visionary industry-leading speakers, interactive demos, customer success stories, ask the…