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Red Hat CEO Whitehurst on innovation, OpenStack, Hadoop

ZDNet - As computing systems become commoditized, the "profit pools are going to evaporate" for enterprise software vendors, said Whitehurst.

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst argued that enterprise software vendors are at an inflection point where they'll adapt or falter, noted OpenStack is keeper but needs enterprise support and Hadoop has become a strong open source project that's becoming commercially fragmented. 

I caught up with Whitehurst, who has led Red Hat since December 2007 after being chief operating officer at Delta Airlines, a few weeks ago in San Francisco. Here's a look at the highlights: