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Biggest Deal In The History of Open Source: IBM Buying Red Hat For $34 Billion

November 06,2018
IBM buying Red Hat for $34 Billion is the biggest deal in the history of open source. In June, Microsoft bought the open source software repository GitHub for $7.5 billion. And Now IBM has decided to go one better and fork out $34 Billion to buy another open source stalwart, Red Hat – the biggest deal ever in the open source community. IBM will pay cash to buy all shares in Red Hat at $190 each. Shares in Red Hat closed at $116.68 on Friday before the deal was announced. This deal is a big shock in cloud computing, open source software and Linux. 

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What is IBM?


IBM (International Business Machines), frequently referred to as "Big Blue", was founded in 1911 following the merger of four companies in New York State by Charles Ranlett Flint, it was originally called Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company. It would be renamed to IBM in 1924. IBM is a global technology company that provides hardware, software, cloud-based services and cognitive computing.

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What is Red Hat?


Red Hat started in 1993, which was one of the first companies to realize that "free" software could be sold as a product, with its headquarters previously on the North Carolina State University campus. The company focuses on a type of open-source software called Linux, an operating system that was created by Finnish programmer Linus Torvalds. 

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An IT professional who has earned the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA?) is able to perform the core system administration skills required in Red Hat Enterprise Linux environments.

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Red Hat Certified Engineer


An RHCE certification is earned by a Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) who has demonstrated the knowledge, skill, and ability required of a senior system administrator responsible for Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems. 

Required Exam: EX300 Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) Exam

IBM and Red Hat will be strongly positioned to address this issue and accelerate hybrid multi-cloud adoption. Both of them together will help clients create cloud-native business applications faster, drive greater portability and security of data and applications across multiple public and private clouds, all with consistent cloud management.


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