If you’ve been staying up-to-date with the latest news regarding our partner Red Hat, you’ll know that IBM, a multinational information technology company, acquired Red Hat on July 9th, 2019. This merger is big news since it means that Red Hat’s powerful open source software and hybrid cloud technology will now have access to all the skills and resources at IBM—so we can expect to see big things from them in the future. First up is a reimagination of the hybrid cloud model that has everyone here at 72 Services pretty excited.
It’s also worth noting that even a major company like IBM knows better than to mess with what Red Hat is already doing really, really well: open source. As the largest open source company in the world, Red Hat keeps its code and resources available for everyone to use and distribute without restriction. For Red Hat partners like us, that means a lot of freedom and space for innovation—which we love.
Here are three of our favorite benefits of working with an open source company:
Since open source code is publicly available for anyone to use, that means that anyone is free to change it and make it better. The open source model encourages innovation and creative thinking by preventing restrictions on any use of its software. At 72 Services, we love to think outside the box and find creative solutions to modern problems, and we’re proud to partner with a company that’s as dedicated to freedom of expression and no-holds-barred innovation as we are.
When a problem occurs with open-source software, you’re not on your own. Instead of feeling alone and in the dark when a problem occurs, trying to piece together snippets of code while you flip through an outdated manual, under the open source model, you have a whole community of serious developers and engineers to draw on for questions and advice. This model fosters creative problem-solving by some of the greatest minds in the industry, and you have access to all of it, all the time.
#3. Modern Processes
Open source software is agile and is able to pivot as soon as new technology becomes available. Unbridled by policy, and unencumbered by release dates or technical handicaps, an open source platform can evolve overnight and remain high-quality. If you need to make a change, you can make it immediately, without waiting for a decision to filter through company hierarchy. Even better, if you have a bug, you can get it patched within hours.
That’s just a few of the things we love about working with Red Hat’s open source software. As this new IBM acquisition has come onto the scene, we’ve been assured that nothing about Red Hat’s wonderful open source model will change. In fact, IBM has said that it is “strongly committed” to maintaining Red Hat’s independence, so they can continue to offer choice, flexibility, and of course, the open source model.
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