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You’ve heard me and other Red Hatters say this many times over the last two years. We’ve proven that we’re leaning into that promise time and time again, not only with our words but with our actions. Our neutrality as the open hybrid cloud company is important not only to us but to IBM as a whole. This is how we help our customers connect and scale all clouds and applications. 

We're not the only people who believe this. In the 2021 Gartner Vendor Rating: IBM report, IBM received an Overall "Positive" Rating. IBM acquired Red Hat in 2019, so this is the 7th consecutive time that we've received a "Positive" rating, including our prior ratings. Per our understanding, we were evaluated separately from IBM, which in our opinion is an acknowledgment of our neutrality and strategy, thus making it potentially the most meaningful.

This rating is a reflection of our open hybrid cloud portfolio that provides choice and flexibility to our customers as they work to build and scale IT systems. There’s no single right answer for every customer, which is why our mix of self-managed products and managed cloud services deliver the right composition whether organizations are developing new or modernizing legacy applications. 

I am so proud of what Red Hat has accomplished this year, and as I look into the future, our path is bright. 


- Gartner, Vendor Rating: IBM, Chirag Dekate et al., 31 May 2021

- Gartner, Red Hat’s Open Hybrid Cloud Portfolio Can Accelerate Digital Transformation, Chirag Dekate et al., 31 May 2021

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.


About the author

Paul Cormier is Chairman of Red Hat. He has been with the company since 2001 and previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure, he has driven much of the company’s open hybrid cloud strategy, playing an instrumental role in expanding Red Hat’s portfolio to a full, modern IT stack based on open source innovation.

Cormier joined Red Hat as Executive Vice President of Engineering, eventually moving into the leadership role of President of Products and Technologies. He helped to pioneer a commercial business model for open source software, moving open source innovation from passionate communities to broad adoption from the datacenter to the cloud. He is credited with leading efforts to introduce an enterprise subscription model, leading to the development of Red Hat Enterprise Linux®.

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